Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
If you find yourself experiencing abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, or other digestive problems on a regular basis, you might be dealing with IBS.
What is IBS?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS, is a gastrointestinal disorder that affects the bowel and digestive tract. Individuals who suffer from IBS often experience an array of unpleasant digestive issues. Though IBS is not deadly, the resulting damage can cause life long health issues and seriously affect an individuals quality of life.
IBS is worrisome for many people who suffer from it, and the toll of unremitting IBS can lead to nutrient malabsorption, lowered immunity, neuromuscular disorders as well as depression and anxiety. Underlying triggers of IBS can create bigger problems such as systemic inflammation and even autoimmunity.
What Causes IBS?
An exact cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is unclear, but there are several factors that can contribute to the development of IBS. These factors include miscommunication between the gut and brain, overly sensitive nerves in the GI tract, microbiome imbalances, immune system disorders, bile dysfunction and issues with the way GI muscles contract and release to move food through the digestive system.
Additionally, stress, anxiety, and an individual’s diet may play a role in triggering the symptoms of IBS.
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