Gastrointestinal Disorders

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

What is IBS, what are its causes and how can it be treated naturally

Natural Treatment for IBS

IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and describes a condition of the gastrointestinal tract where the lining becomes irritated, inflamed, or damaged. It affects 1 in 10 people globally and is a very common complaint at the doctor’s office. It certainly makes life more challenging and difficult to enjoy.

The condition starts with an acute irritation to the gut lining. As it progresses it can turn into colitis, which is inflammation of the colon. Left untreated it can trigger the immune system to attack the lining of the gut (autoimmunity), leading to ulcerative colitis.

No matter what you call it, all of these stages are just variations of the severity of the condition. The chronic inflammatory nature of the condition has been implicated in the development of more severe diseases, like cancer.

Unfortunately, most doctors do not know how to treat this condition and simply try to suppress symptoms, leaving the underlying cause untreated, which can lead to more severe conditions down the road.

The great news is that this condition can be resolved by addressing the underlying causes!

IBS Symptoms

IBS is defined as abdominal pain or discomfort, along with a changed bowel habit (such as diarrhea or constipation), for 3 months or more. The symptoms may be different from person to person and can include:

  • sharp stomach pain, spasms, and cramps
  • stomach gas, bloating, and distension
  • diarrhea and/or constipation
  • mucus in the stool
  • nausea after eating
  • rectal bleeding
  • abdominal pain that progresses or occurs at night
  • weight loss

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    What Causes IBS

    A variety of factors may play a role in the development of IBS. Each individual can have their own unique factors that bring about the condition. Some common causes include:

    • food allergies & sensitivities – some foods, for certain individuals can up-regulate the immune system and trigger IBS. In fact, many people can identify that their IBS symptoms intensify when they eat certain foods. Common culprits include gluten, dairy, soy, corn, eggs, chocolate, spices, fats, fruits, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, carbonated beverages, and alcohol.
    • gut microbiome imbalance  – there are 100 trillion bacteria in your gut, 10x as many as your own cells! An overgrowth of bad bacteria (SIBO), yeasts, fungi, microbes,  parasites, or worms can lead to IBS.
    • hidden infections in the gut
    • hormones – changes in hormones, such as perimenopause, menopause, and shifts during the menstrual cycle. Women are twice as likely to have this condition as men, and symptoms often increase around the time of menstruation.
    • chronic inflammation in the gut
    • heavy metal toxicity
    • stress
    • poor diet, including too much sugar and starch
    • nutritional deficiencies
    • lack of digestive enzymes
    • use of certain medications, like antibiotics, steroids, birth control pills, acid blockers, etc.
    • lack of exercise & activity
    • dehydration

    Natural IBS Treatment

    Treatment for your IBS is tailored based on what was discovered as the underlying cause(s) and trigger(s). This can include:

    Clearwater & Tampa’s Best IBS Doctor

    LifeWorks Wellness Center is one of the top integrative and natural health clinics in the US. For more than 25 years, we’ve offered effective natural IBS treatment. Many patients fly in from all over the world to resolve their irritable bowel syndrome once and for all at our clinic.

    We Can Help You Overcome IBS Naturally

    We have been correcting gut health conditions, such as IBS, for more than 25 years. We have helped many patients regain their gut health and we would love to help you too.

    To become a patient or for more information feel free to call our New Patient Coordinator at (727) 466-6789 or simply submit an online inquiry with your request.

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    About Dr. Minkoff

    Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.