April in Colorado is unpredictable. One day it is clear and sunny, the next day 3 inches of snow are covering your newly planted seeds. So it is appropriate that spring has been designated national IBS Awareness Month. Why? Because if you have IBS your life is extremely unpredictable. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition characterized by alternating constipation and diarrhea, and can including significant bloating, cramping and pain. This condition is extremely disruptive and really affects quality of life. The prevalence of IBS in the United States is estimated to be around 15%.
The good news is that naturopathic medicine can be extremely effective at finding and treating the many underlying causes of IBS. While mainstream medicine relies on medications in an attempt control the symptoms of IBS, natural medicine looks for the cure.
Often times we find a food sensitivity is an underlying cause. Two studies confirm this finding, demonstrating that patients with IBS who avoided the food intolerance – revealed with IgG blood tests – did significantly better then those that did not.
So celebrate IBS Awareness Month by seeking out healthcare practitioners that can help!