Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common, condition of the digestive system, that can cause bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation.

Having suffered for 20 years with IBS until I found nutritional and colonic therapy, I can empathise with anyone who has this debilitating condition. Prior to my recovery I’d had many hospital visits, with many procedures and medication that didn’t work, only to be told that everything was normal. It clearly wasn’t and I got fed up with getting nowhere, so I decided to treat myself instead.

If like me you haven’t been able to get a resolve from your GP, but you want to be free of your symptoms, rest assured there are ways of alleviating the symptoms of IBS without the use of unhelpful orthodox drugs.

More often than not IBS is caused by either a parasite, fungal infection, SIBO, or food intolerance. These can all be ruled out with diagnostic tests and a protocol devised to see you back into good health in no time. IBS is thought to affect up to one in five people at some point in their life, and it usually first develops when a person is between 20 and 30 years of age. Around twice as many women are affected as men.

Symptoms of IBS vary between individuals and affect some people more severely than others. They tend to come and go in periods lasting a few days to a few months at a time, often during times of stress or after eating certain foods.
If you answer yes to any of the questions below, why not book into the clinic for a thorough consultation to ascertain what’s causing your symptoms and put an end to your misery once and for all!

1. Do you suffer with abdominal bloating or distention?
2. Do you have irregular bowel movements?
3. Do you suffer with constipation, diarrhoea or a combination of both?
4. Do you experience regular abdominal cramps?
5. Do you feel uncomfortable after eating?
6. Do you generally feel some discomfortant in the abdominal area.
7. Do you suffer with excessive flatulence?
8. Do you experience recurrent heartburn?

It is thought that around 75% of people with IBS have SIBO, small intestinal bacteria overgrowth. There are specific tests available to ascertain this. Or a low FODMAP diet can be followed to see if this improves symptoms.

As nutritional therapists we treat the whole person, not a collection of symptoms. We get to the route cause of illness or disease so as we can devise the most effective protocol to bring the body back into good health.

If you think you have IBS, I can work with you to identify the route cause and then work out the most effective protocol to alleviate your symptoms. I use a whole array of testing for IBS. A comprehensive stool test with DNA profiling is a great place to start. This lets us look at exactly what’s happening internally within the gut, to see whats out of balance.

As a colonic hydrotherapist, I successfully treat many individuals with chronic constipation using a series of colonic treatments to address peristalsis (muscle contraction), bowel tone and help re-shape the bowel, whilst engaging the gut and the brain to reconnect. I advise specific foods, daily routines and techniques to use at home to speed up recovery, as well as prescribing powerful herbs to help stimulate the bowel and detoxify the liver.

Through guided coaching sessions I can help address the antecedents, triggers and mediators of IBS to help alleviate symptoms.

All therapies can be discussed before or at your initial consultation.