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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder that affects 10-20% of the U.S. population. This means IBS is an issue with the “function of the organ without resulting in permanent damage. 

Sometimes referred to as “leaky gut”, IBS is, more often than not, triggered by stress resulting in a disturbance between the brain and the gut. 

Chiropractic care can assist significantly in this condition as it balances out the communication between the brain and the GI system. Poor dietary habits, food sensitivities, and high stress can also contribute to healing your gut.

What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder. This means it is an issue with the ‘function’ of the organ without permanent damage.  IBS is very common and affects 10-20% of the US population.  Stress, more often than not, is the trigger to IBS.

IBS is sometimes referred to as “leaky gut” and essentially a disturbance between the brain and the gut.  Chiropractic care can assist significantly in this condition as it balances out the communication between the brain and the GI system.  Poor dietary habits, food sensitivities, and high stress also contribute to acquiring IBS.

How To Treat IBS

Generally, an elimination type diet is recommended to determine and eliminate food hypersensitivities.  The most common triggers are dairy, gluten, and corn. If a patient has severe gas or bloating, we want to eliminate gas-forming foods (legumes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, and garlic).  

After a period of rest from these foods, a patient can introduce them back in there diet (steamed/cooked) as this type of cooking causes less digestive stress. Avoid nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplant, and bell peppers) as well as citrus (tomatoes, oranges, grapefruit).  Get plenty of essential fatty acids (fatty fish, flax) and eat an alkaline and varied diet (at least 50% veggies, 50% fruit).

The "Four R's" For Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The general protocol to treat IBS, also known as leaky gut, is to follow the 4 R’s program: Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, and Repair.

As well as a dietary change and supplementation, we recommend that you add the following habits to your daily routine:

  • – Anti-inflammatory diet; eliminate food allergens & triggers
  • – Focus on chewing food until it is a liquid; at LEAST 30 times before swallowing. 
  • – Eat small meals (don’t overeat); high fiber diet (especially soluble fiber)
  • – Hydrate: Drink ½ body weight in oz/day; Drink ~¼-½ cup of water every 30 minutes; swish in mouth

1. Remove

You’ll want to begin an anti-inflammatory diet and remove problem foods, food allergens, antimicrobials, and antibiotics from your diet.

2. Replace

Replace stomach acid (with Betaine & Pepsin) and/or enzymes (with Digestzyme-V) that your body may be lacking to help boost digestion.

3. Reinoculate

You need to reinoculate your gut with Probiotic 225 & SBI Protect (immunoglobulin) to boost the number of healthy bacteria that break down your food and producing certain vitamins, such as B vitamins, vitamin K, and other nutritive substances.

Supplements For Treating IBS

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Betaine & Pepsin

(HCl Replacement)

Benefits of Betaine & Pepsin

  • Provides Hydrochloric Acid to Help Maintain Gastric pH
  • Promotes Healthy Digestion, Especially of Dietary Protein
  • Supports Overall Nutrient Absorption
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Digestzyme-V

Enzyme Replacement

Benefits of Digestzyme-V

  • Supports Healthy Digestion and Maximizes Nutrient Absorption
  • Targeted Enzyme Support for Food Sensitivities
  • Designed to Enhance the Benefits of a Plant-Rich Diet
  • Stimulates the Release and Production of Natural Digestive Enzymes in the Pancreas
  • Supports Gastric Acid Balance and Digestive Function

Probiotic 225

Booste Good Bacteria

Benefits of Probiotic 225

  • Accelerates the Proliferation of Healthy Intestinal Microflora
  • Promotes a Rapid Immune Response
  • Maintains Normal Inflammatory Balance
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SBI Protect Powder

Maintain Gut Immunity

Benefits of SBI Protect

  • Provides Concentrated Immunoglobulins to Enhance Mucosal Immunity
  • Helps Maintain Microbial Balance
  • Supports GI Barrier Health and Integrity
  • Helps Maintain Normal Inflammatory Balance

InflammaCORE Powder

Reduce Inflammation & Repair Your Gut

Benefits of InflammaCORE

  • Maintains Normal Inflammatory Balance
  • Strengthens GI Barrier Function
  • Boosts Immune Function
  • Provides Key Nutrients for Cell Replication
  • Increases Antioxidant Protection
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GlutaShield Powder

Nutrition For Gut Lining

Benefits of GlutaShield

  • Supports GI Barrier Health and Integrity
  • Maintains Normal Inflammatory Balance and Healthy Gut Epithelium
  • Provides Concentrated Nutrition for GI Cells
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Orthomega 820 Capsules

Maintain Inflammatory Response

Benefits of Orthomega 820

  • Supports Cardiovascular Health and Blood Sugar Metabolism
  • Supports Cognitive Function and Development
  • Supports Healthy Skin, Joints, and Connective Tissues
  • Increases Visual and Ocular Health
  • Maintains Normal Inflammatory Balance

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