In plain English, it means that IBS symptoms stem from a hypersensitivity of the nervous system of the gut, along with misinterpretations of the nervous system messages from the gut by the brain. Basically, this circuit (from gut to brain and brain to gut) is dysfunctional.
The interactions between our brains, central nervous systems, and GI systems don't function properly. We have colons that react to things that do not affect normal colons, and our reactions are much more severe.
This motility dysfunction and our altered pain perceptions cause the bowel discomfort and accompanying diarrhea and/or constipation that characterize IBS.
This dysfunction is actually visible - shockingly so - in the video images.
So now that you know IBS is a brain-gut disorder, what can you do about it?
To manage symptoms on a daily basis, a prebiotic soluble fiber supplement can help regulate the gastrocolic reflex, and keep peristalsis normal. This can prevent abdominal spasms and cramps, and relieve both diarrhea and constipation.
To learn more about the brain-gut dysfunction and Irritable Bowel Syndrome overall, check the The First Year: IBS, an essential guide to successfully managing the disorder.
Tip Takeaway: Given that for many years people with IBS were dismissively told the problem was "all in their heads", it's ironic that, in the end, this may be factually true. The underlying problem might well be in our brains - but it's absolutely not in our imaginations.
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