IBS Risk Factors Explained
Indications that Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) may be the reason for your IBS:
You have a history of one or more of the following:
-Medication use (opioids, antidepressants, proton pump inhibitors...)
-Travel and getting sick while away
Have your symptoms been worse since any of the above? Toxins released during infectious processes can slow the migrating motor complex (MMC) which is responsible for regular peristaltic motions. If the MMC is not functional, then bacteria which reside within the large intestine can retrograde and make their way backward into the small intestine - where. they. do. not. belong. We absorb our food in the small intestine, and so the bacteria are VERY content to be in this area of the gut - fermenting off of foods and creating symptoms of gas, bloating, cramping, and/or constipation/diarrhea OR BOTH depending on the type of bacteria present - Let's chat if you have #IBS without any answers, or have simply been told to follow a #lowfodmap diet. I am accepting Ontario patients both virtually and in-office! #gas #bloating #cramping #sibo #constipation #diarrhea
Ashley Kowalski is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Embrun, Cornwall, and Ottawa. She is currently accepting new patients.