IBS -The Link Between Food Allergies & Bowel Problems

Why can’t I eat foods now I used to eat without any problems?

Why are my muscles, joints and sometime my head ache all the time?

Why do I get yellow stools and IBS?

Why do I get alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea?

Why do I have lower back pain with indigestion?

Why do I have bloating indigestion constipation?

These are real questions from people who want answers to a variety of symptoms they are experiencing in their body, stomach, and colon.

While the relationship between stomach input and bowel output might seem obvious, the link between allergy like symptoms and the bowel is not.

To understand how bowel problems relate to food allergies and sensitivities, here is a brief overview of what happens.

Do you have leaky gut?

When the intestinal lining is healthy, only small particles and molecules of digested food and nutrients to pass into our blood stream so we can be nourished. When functioning properly, the intestinal lining provides a barrier that does not allow bacteria, yeast, toxins or incompletely digested food to enter into our circulation. This barrier also protects us from many types of infections.

However, the spaces or junctions between the cells in our intestines can become inflamed, damaged and enlarged, which allows undesirable toxins, bacteria, and larger molecules of protein and food to leak into our bloodstream. Damage to the lining makes the gut “leak”. This is process known as intestinal hyper-permeability or "Leaky Gut"

As the gut lining becomes damaged, toxins, bacteria, yeast, and fragments of partially digested food continue to enter into the blood stream on a daily basis. Our immune system,  goes on the offensive, reacts to these substances as foreign invaders and works to eliminate them from our bodies.

When the now hyper-permeable gut leaks, the liver eventually becomes overburdened, and the kidneys can no longer eliminate toxins efficiently. This causes the immune system to become hyper-sensitized, and overworked.

Once the immune system is hyper-sensitized you may find that you become more and more sensitive or reactive to different foods, and everyday fragrances in perfumes, soaps, and chemicals in building and cleaning supplies. Eventually a leaky gut triggers systemic inflammation to rid the body of the foreign particles. When inflammation becomes chronic it can lead to devastating autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and Lupus.

How Can I Get Relief?

While symptoms are red warning flags that your stomach and bowels are not working properly, they do not tell you the cause. See “Symptoms Associated with Leaky Gut” chart.  The way to stop this unhealthy progression is to get to the root cause because once you find the cause, you can find the cure. Leading causes of leaky gut are anti-inflammatory drugs and poor digestion. Common anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, have the side effect of damaging the body’s intestinal lining. While these drugs reduce pain, they also reduce the body’s ability to maintain the intestinal barrier, causing the lining of the intestine to become inflamed and damaged.

Symptoms Associated with Leaky Gut

Poor digestion of food is also a major factor in creating leaky gut, such as constipation. Incompletely digested food ferments in the intestines. Fermentation produces toxic alcohols that inflame and damage the lining of the gut. Hence if your digestion is compromised, you add fuel to the inflammatory problem every time you eat foods you are sensitive to or you cannot digest well.

At the Digestion Relief Center, we perform testing to identify what foods you are not digesting well, and work to heal the stomach lining. Improving digestion, and eliminating your sensitivities, addresses the cause of leaky gut syndrome and the frustrating array of health problems that it creates.

To find out how you, or someone you love can live life free of the pain and bowel problems and other symptoms of food sensitivities and allergy-like reactions, call Dr. Patrick at 530-899-8741 to schedule a consultation at our Chico office. 

Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC specializes in natural relief for food sensitivities, intolerances and digestive problems. Dr. Patrick can be reached at 530-899-8741. Join the thousands of Chico and Redding California area residents who have found relief from the pain of bowel problems and food sensitivities.

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