What is Irritable
Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?


Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS

  • IBS is one of the most common ailments of the intestine.
  • IBS can cause cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) may be responsible for the symptoms of IBS in as many as 50% of patients with IBS.
  • Fatty foods, milk products, chocolate, alcohol, and caffeinated and carbonated drinks can trigger symptoms.
  • Eating foods with fiber and eating small meals throughout the day may reduce symptoms.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, often called simply IBS, affects countless individuals, creating symptoms that cause them to miss work, undergo extensive medical testing, and generally diminish their quality of life. Patients with IBS may suffer with severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, excessive gas, and problems with bowel function. IBS is a generalized term to cover these symptoms. Many IBS patients experience partial or total relief, once the specific cause of their digestive distress is identified using our simple breath tests, and appropriate treatment is followed. In particular, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is often a major culprit. A regimen of antibiotics can eradicate the problem bacteria and bring about a reversal of these symptoms.

Other common causes of the symptoms associated with IBS can stem from an individual's intolerance to sugars: lactose, sucrose, or fructose. Ingesting food or drinks containing one or more of these sugars can cause great abdominal distress. Again, by identifying the problem ingredient and the degree of severity of its malabsorption, a patient can begin to make dietary adjustments that bring significant relief.

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