How Do You Know You Have IBS?

Sara B
Sara B

IBS Expert | 6D Energy Healer

It seems like everyone and their mother has IBS, but what if it is something deeper?

In America, 10-15% of the population has Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). That is a lot of people with poor gut health. However, the real question I how do you know you have IBS or something deeper?

A discussion about IBS is an actual condition, or is it a symptom of another root cause?

More research is being done, in which there are ways actually to test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The IBS-Smart isn’t the end all be all, but it can at least give people answers. I still believe you should have the SIBO breath test done along with a stool test to ensure there isn’t another root cause.

However, even with the new test, these symptoms are all linked to other conditions such as SIBO. Honestly, I would take that test at face value.

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

It is a gastrointestinal disorder in which you can experience diarrhea, constipation, or a combo. The common symptoms are:

  • Bloating
  • Excessive Gas
  • Bleaching
  • Stomach Discomfort
  • Stomach Pain/Cramping
  • Nausea

These are the criteria of IBS; however, there are additional ones such as fatigue, brain fog, skin changes, and so on. More often than not, it points to a root cause.

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What are the different types of IBS?

  • IBS-D: This is IBS associated with diarrhea, and common symptoms are stomach pain and cramps, frequent diarrhea, gas, bloating, and urgency.
  • IBS-C: IBS is associated with constipation, and common symptoms are infrequent stools, stomach pain and cramping, unable to go to the bathroom, bloating completely, and gas.
  • IBS-M: This is IBS with both diarrhea and constipation, in which symptoms are a combination of those above.

Depending on IBS, this can give you an idea of what type of SIBO could also be involved. If you are IBS-D, it is often associated with hydrogen dominant SIBO. If you have IBS-C, it is often associated with methane dominant SIBO. However, it isn’t cut and dry and ALWAYS gets tested!

Is there a way to test for IBS?

For a long time, doctors would diagnose when they didn’t know what was going on—however, the IBS-Smart test point in the direction of what bacteria triggered this reaction.

More often than not, having food poisoning can trigger bacteria to remain in the body leading to antibodies. The test looks for CdtB antibodies, which can indicate your symptoms coming from food poisoning.

Food poisoning can also cause other issues in the body leading to these symptoms as well. However, nearly 70% of cases of IBS are actually cases of SIBO in which you can put into remission. That is a lot of people with poor gut health. In which I would say that percentage is even higher at this point.

A discussion about IBS is an actual condition, or is it a symptom of another root cause?

More research is being done, in which there are ways actually to test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome! The IBS-Smart isn’t the end all be all, but it can at least give people answers. I still believe you should have the SIBO breath test done along with a stool test to ensure there isn’t another root cause.

For those struggling with IBS and/or IBS-like symptoms, this is what you should know.

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How do I treat IBS?

This is very individualized based on what your symptoms are. Working with a practitioner like myself can help you find the right protocols for you.

But typically, the way to treat IBS is to get to the bottom of what is causing your symptoms. It can be something like SIBO, Candida, Leaky Gut, Parasites, or a combination. 

But it can also be something energetic such as blocked energy, stored trauma, etc. 

Through supplement suggestions, nutrition changes, energy healing, and whatever else your specific body needs, you can ditch your IBS for good. 

If you want to chat more about this, feel free to find me on Instagram!

Thank you so much for reading!

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