Problems with proper digestion are very common in Canada today, with many people suffering from chronic constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux & heartburn, gas, bloating, nausea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Celiac disease, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and ulcers. Whether you have a pre-diagnosed digestive concern or you’re experiencing uncomfortable abdominal symptoms and don’t know their cause, we can help.
Using nutritional therapy as a foundation, Dr. Guthrie will support, heal and regulate your digestive tract using a combination of herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle counselling.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal diagnosis worldwide and is estimated to affect 13-20% of Canadians. It is more common in women than in men and while it can be found in children, it is often first identified in adolescence.
IBS is a chronic functional gastrointestinal syndrome with symptoms that include abdominal pain, bloating, cramping and altered bowel habits such as constipation or diarrhea, or alternating between the two extremes. We call it a “functional” disorder because there is no sign of disease when the colon is examined, even though patients certainly experiences uncomfortable symptoms.
What Causes IBS?
IBS is not caused by a singer factor; it is a complex disorder with many potential underlying causes including: infection, unbalanced gut bacteria, food allergies or sensitivities, certain medications, surgery, low-grade inflammation, childhood nutrition and emotional trauma. Persistent stress, depression or anxiety often exacerbate and intensify IBS symptoms.
What Causes IBS Symptoms?
1. People with IBS have altered patterns of intestinal muscle contraction (motility).
There are many triggers that cause dysfunction of the intestinal muscles. It has been found that the intestinal muscle of a person with IBS begins to spasm after only mild stimulation. People with IBS seem to have a colon that is more sensitive and reactive than usual, so it responds strongly to stimuli that would not bother most people. Ordinary events such as stress, eating and distention from gas or food can cause the colon to overreact in people with IBS. Certain foods and medicines, such as antibiotics, may trigger spasms in some people. Sometimes the spasm delays the passage of stool, leading to constipation, and sometimes the spasm causes increased movement through the colon resulting in diarrhea.
2. People with IBS are more sensitive to pain within the digestive tract.