I was officially diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) in 1995 although I probably had this condition since childhood. IBS is usually diagnosed by process of elimination after other bowel diseases which show up with distinct inflammatory markers like Crohn’s or Colitis have been investigated first. Many IBS sufferers often go undiagnosed for some time, even years, until their family doctor or a specialist finally arrives at the IBS conclusion. Many sufferers are told that they are simply lactose intolerant or have food sensitivities which are only a small part of the picture. The nervous system and life/nutritional habits need to be investigated.
Challenging stressful events can often lead to this IBS condition even though it may seem to the individual that they are not stressed. There is no fooling the enteric nervous system (which has also been called the second brain) located in the gastrointestinal system which is constantly communicating with your central nervous system. Every emotion the central nervous system feels is felt in the gut and if this happens to be the body’s weak link, bowel challenges can occur.
IBS, as well as other bowel conditions, vacillate between constipation and diarrhea and learning to manage the entire range of symptoms is very important albeit somewhat frustrating and I have spent over a decade perfecting which foods to eat depending what stage the sufferer is in. The morning is the most vulnerable and sensitive time for the IBS sufferer especially during the diarrhea phase. Learning to manage this phase is a very important step to getting you back to good health as quickly as possible to avoid muscle wasting, weight loss, and the inability to absorb vital nutrients due to leaky gut syndrome.
I was no different; challenging life events definitely led to my IBS diagnosis. My family doctor was helpful and he did everything he could; however, the allopathic approach could only help me to a certain point. I did a lot of investigating on my own and researched many holistic approaches to nutrition and stress management. Eventually I enrolled at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition to attain a certified nutritional practitioner designation. The curriculum addresses nutrition at the cellular level as well as orthomolecular applications and I have continued researching and studying other modalities which have been immensely physically and mentally helpful to me in my life like herbalism, homeopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine.