Hello -

IBS is a Brain-Gut Disorder - You Can Literally See It!

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as defined by the Rome Criteria diagnostic guidelines, is a brain-gut dysfunction. What does this mean?

  • 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 medical images here.

  • 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.

My Tip Takeaway: For many years people with IBS were dismissed and told that the problem was "all in our heads". It's ironic that, in the end, this may be true. The underlying problem might be in our brains. But it's absolutely NOT in our imaginations.

You are not alone!

P.S. If you have any questions or comments I'd love to hear them - just reply to this email to reach me directly. I am overwhelmed with emails but I try to answer everyone.

To taming your tummy,
Heather

Heather Van Vorous
Heather Van Vorous
Over 40 years dealing with IBS



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