As many as 45 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). While IBS symptoms are disruptive, the impact on your overall gut health can have a wide-reaching effect on the rest of your well-being.
At FoundationMED in Raleigh, North Carolina, the functional medicine physicians provide expert diagnosis and customized treatments to restore your digestive health, relieve your symptoms, and improve your overall well-being.
What is irritable bowel syndrome?
IBS is a common digestive problem that causes a variety of disruptive symptoms such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Bloating and abdominal distension
IBS interferes with the way your body digests food and absorbs nutrients. It weakens your overall gut health and can cause problems throughout your other body systems. IBS can also increase your risk of yeast infections and parasites such as worms.
Additionally, IBS irritates the thin, but critical, lining of your intestinal tract. When the single-cell-thick lining is weakened, it leads to leaky gut syndrome, which causes poor nutrient absorption and allows foreign substances and toxins to enter your body. Functional medicine experts believe that leaky gut syndrome contributes to autoimmune disorders and inflammation throughout your body.