IBS AND TRAUMA

IBS and Trauma

IBS and Trauma

FROM A UNIFIED WHOLE TO DISCONNECTED PIECES AND PARTS

What Connects Trauma and IBS?

From our beginning as a single cell and continuing throughout our lives, when we are healthy, we function as an integrated whole. Every piece and every part of us is in active and constant communication with every other part. Each individual element of that awesome communication network, which is infinitely more complex than the “cloud” through which we are linked across the globe today, acts to fine tune the functioning of every other part of the network so it is best set to meet the demands of the moment. IBS is a sign that this system is off.  Continue reading “IBS AND TRAUMA”

HOW SHOULD IBS BE EVALUATED

The IBS Workup

By the time clients see me, they have usually seen 3 or more physicians, including at least one gastroenterologist. They have often undergone at least a colonoscopy, and often had other procedures and various lab tests performed. They have probably been prescribed a number of different medicines from different classes of drugs (e.g., anti-depressants, anti-spasmodics, protein pump inhibitors) and may have been advised to use various supplements and/or stool bulking agents to make bowel movements more controllable and efficient. The fact that they are coming to see me, a health psychologist, also means that the sum total of all of these efforts has not yielded a satisfying result.

So, what should a thorough IBS work-up involve? Continue reading “HOW SHOULD IBS BE EVALUATED”

Your Gut Bacteria Linked to Obesity

Each month brings out new research studies showing that the bacteria that live in our digestive tracts are intimately linked to our health in many ways. Our understanding of the relationships between our “gut flora” (the bacteria living in our digestive tract) and our health is still in its infancy. But, several trends are emerging.

One interesting line of research, which was highlighted in a 2018 article in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, involved the relationship between the presence of specific types of bacteria in our gut and the likelihood that we will become obese. They found specific types of bacteria were contributing to higher amounts of a substance called glutamate that circulates in our blood. Glutamate levels in the blood are strongly linked to the risk of obesity. Continue reading “Your Gut Bacteria Linked to Obesity”

IS THERE AN IBS DIET?

What Diet is Best for Managing IBS

There really, absolutely, positively IS a sure-fire diet that effectively permanently controls IBS. Here it is: Eat whatever you want that 1) doesn’t aggravate your IBS symptoms, 2) doesn’t create other health problems, such as obesity, heart disease, insomnia, anxiety, or depression, and 3) leaves you feeling healthy, well-energized, and with a confident and optimistic outlook on your future!

We ALL want THAT diet. Sadly, when it comes to a one-size fits all solution, there isn’t one. This shouldn’t be a surprise, since each of us is unique; each of us lives a life that involves different circumstances and conditions; and just as no two of us share the same fingerprint, no two of us requires exactly the same nutrients to be fully healthy.

So, what do we do to bring the frustrating ravages of IBS under consistent control? Continue reading “IS THERE AN IBS DIET?”

Caring For Our Gastrointestinal Guests

The Body’s Rhythms

Our body wouldn’t function without being guided by many automatic rhythms. Think about it: heart rhythms, breathing rhythms, swallowing and blinking rhythms, nerve firing rhythms, circulating hormone release rhythms. These life-sustaining rhythms occur all day, every day in an automatic, unconscious way. Most of these rhythms also fluctuate within a life-supporting range – faster heart and breathing rates as our activity levels increase, for example. Continue reading “Caring For Our Gastrointestinal Guests”

Getting A Good Workup

The IBS Workup

By the time clients see me, they have usually seen 3 or more physicians, including at least one gastroenterologist. They have often undergone at least a colonoscopy, and often had other procedures and various lab tests performed. They have probably been prescribed a number of different medicines from different classes of drugs (e.g., anti-depressants, anti-spasmodics, protein pump inhibitors) and may have been advised to use various supplements and/or stool bulking agents to make bowel movements more controllable and efficient. The fact that they are coming to see me, a health psychologist, also means that the sum total of all of these efforts has not yielded a satisfying result.

So, what should a thorough IBS work-up involve? Continue reading “Getting A Good Workup”

Is There Really Such A Thing As IBS?

Every day I hear clients’ stories about their struggles after being told they have IBS. The diagnosis is often reached when nothing else is found to account for the combination of symptoms that arise and that make life with IBS so miserable. Those symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating in the belly, gassiness, diarrhea, constipation, or both, and these symptoms appear not just as “occasional irregularity” as the Milk of Magnesia commercial announces, but as an all too common experience daily. Continue reading “Is There Really Such A Thing As IBS?”