• What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? IBS is a continuum of chronic abdominal pain, bloating, constipation or diarrhea.
• How does IBS develop? Around 70% of our immune system is located in our digestive tract. Its primary role is to “ok” or “attack” a food we ingest. When our immune system doesn't like something we've ingested, it uses inflammation and excess mucus as ammunition. This inflammation leads to IBS, among other dietary disorders. The triggers of IBS are food allergies.
• What are Food Allergies? An allergy is the immune systems response to a protein usually found in a food, such as peanuts, eggs, wheat or milk that it perceives as a foreign body. Most food allergies are acquired, not inherited. Some people develop sensitivities due to repeated exposure especially in large quantities, and others react to pesticides and herbicides combining with the natural chemicals in food. Whatever the cause, the result is the same- a compromised immune system and discomfort.
Once we understand what causes IBS can we begin to heal. Stay tuned for IBS Eradication Step #2: Critical Analysis of Current Medical “Cures.”