What’s being found in clinical research and common understanding of IBS don’t seem to line up. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a pestering, nagging, uncomfortable disease that more and more people are experiencing.
After that meal of heavy food you have terrible stomach pains followed by Diarrhea. Don’t you wish you didn’t have to feel this way? The problem is that Irritable Bowel syndrome is a symptom of a larger problem. Sadly, your doctor will only treat the symptoms
The studies published in Cell Host & Microbe seem to have some more solid answers. This clinical study found that dysbiosis in the gut microbiome is causing inflammation or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
The Gut and IBS
The findings of this study are remarkable. Over a Million people in the United States suffer from IBS. This is a reflection of our overall gut health as a society. Having Irritable Bowel Syndrome is clearly linked to a dissension in good bacteria.
Oftentimes, we overlook our diet and its role in our overall well being. Well, this study once again satisfies the saying, “you are what you eat.” The gut flora of most Americans is in utter shambles because of our diets.
We find ourselves faced with an epidemic. The absolute take over of terrible bacteria, parasites and fungus in Americans’ microbiomes has reached profound levels. We are continually pillaging our guts with fast food, antibiotics and prescription drugs.
Genetically Modified Corn, Soy and Canola are definite culprits. There is a rich amount of clinical research that points us to the fact that these GMO foods are destroying our gut flora.
On top of GMO foods, we introduce terrible bacteria into our gut through Factory Farmed Meats. We are eating E. Coli, Salmonella and a host of other terrifying bacteria in the grocery store ground beef. Often, these bacteria are antibiotic resistant. Mainly because the animals in a factory farm are fed antibiotics from birth. Actually, over 80% of the worlds production of antibiotics is apportioned for factory farmed animals.
Lastly, we are a society fueled by antibiotics. The word antibiotic literally means against life. When you take these pills you are decimating your gut flora. If you don’t replenish with probiotics you leave an environment that’s perfect for parasites, fungus and disease to grow!
E. Coli and IBS
Let’s come back to this ground breaking study. This study found that dysbiosis of the gut causes major gastrointestinal inflammation. The inflammations gives way to an excess of oxygen in the gut.
A normal, healthy, intestinal tract will have a low oxygen count. The good, immune boosting, bacteria thrive in this environment. They love the low oxygen eco systems.
When dysbiosis occurs inflammation runs rampant. The inflammation gives way to an oxygen rich environment.
This increase of oxygen kills the good gut bacteria and allows bad bacteria to flourish. E. Coli was the first to settle in in this oxygen rich environment within most patients. As soon as the inflammatory response brought more oxygen into the gastrointestinal tract E. Coli bloomed.
This becomes a cyclical disaster. As the bad bacteria flourish the good microbes die off. You are left with a microbiome festering with bad bacteria. This makes the symptoms of IBS more intense. That causes more inflammation. Thus, you are grow more bacteria like E. Coli and Salmonella in your gut.
Treatment of IBS
This study shows us that there is a treatment for IBS. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not a death sentence. However, you have to make changes to your diet. You cannot continue to eat poorly and expect this to go away.
I mentioned some things above to consider removing or dramatically reducing in your diet. Yet, one of the greatest things that you can do for yourself is flood your body with amazing probiotics.
Most will turn to a supplement for their dose of beneficial bacteria. This can work for a time. The issue is that most supplements are not as powerful as fermented foods.
Introducing things like Kefir, fermented vegetables, organic raw yogurt, organic raw cheeses and Kombucha will change your life. If you can regularly implement these foods you will and can cure IBS. Know that there is hope and eat healthy.
What steps will you take to change your diet? Name some specific ones below!!