Let’s Talk About IBS

IBS is a chronic condition that between 25 to 45 million people suffer from in the U.S. – primarily women under 50. Managing IBS is important not only for your health but also for your life. Dealing with constant cramping and constipation is uncomfortable but it doesn’t have to be like this forever. For many, diet, lifestyle changes, and stress management are key to managing this debilitating condition.

What causes IBS?

Although science can’t point to an exact reason that IBS occurs there are a few consistent things that doctors point at as the root cause:

Types Of IBS

IBS is a catch-all term for people suffering from GI issues. There are three different types of IBS:

  • IBS-C: You tend toward constipation. Your stool is hard and lumpy and sometimes difficult to pass. 
  • IBS-D: You have diarrhea at least 25% of the time and often have gas.
  • IBS-M or IBS-A: If you suffer from this version of IBS you may alternate between constipation and diarrhea.

What are the symptoms of IBS?

IBS can look a little different for everyone. Here are some common signs that you may be suffering from IBS. 

  • Abdominal Pain and cramps
  • Excessive bloating
  • Changes in bowel movements: This could be the consistency of your stool, how often you are going, or regular constipation or diarrhea.
  • Brain fog
  • Mood changes

IBS and Leaky Gut

Oftentimes, not identifying the root cause of IBS can lead to bigger issues, such as leaky gut. Leaky gut syndrome is a condition where the walls of the small intestine become permeable. Due to holes in the digestive tract, food and molecules you’ve been ingesting are now entering the bloodstream. Your body reacts by sending pathogens to attack foreign invaders.

Leaky gut often has similar symptoms to IBS: digestive issues, skin issues, brain fog, mood imbalances, chronic fatigue, and more. Many people who have been diagnosed with IBS also suffer from leaky gut.

The good news? Leaky gut and IBS can often be treated with the same approach -- lifestyle changes, an elimination diet, and the right supplements. Read on to learn more. 

Lifestyle Changes To Make After Diagnosis

Although you may not be feeling well, there are lifestyle changes you can make that may help you manage the discomfort. 

  • Eat more fiber: Be sure you’re getting enough fiber in your diet. Fiber helps accelerate stool and create a more diverse microbiome in your gut. Women should be eating at least 21 grams of fiber a day and men should be consuming at least 30 grams. Remember, increasing your fiber intake too quickly can worsen symptoms, so be sure to add additional fiber slowly. Learn how different fibers can affect your microbiome.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco: These are the big three triggers for IBS. Ingesting these daily can make symptoms worse. 
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco: These are the big three triggers for IBS. Ingesting these daily can make symptoms worse. 
  • Reduce Stress: Stress can be another trigger for IBS. Yoga and meditation have been proven to help reduce anxiety and IBS severity.

Elimination Diet

When you are diagnosed with IBS, you'll have to make some diet changes as well. A good way to start is by going on an elimination diet. This diet consists of removing the most common food triggers and then slowly adding them back one at a time to determine food sensitivities.

The most common food triggers are gluten, dairy, soy, corn, and eggs. Many people don’t even realize how awful they feel until the trigger foods are removed from the diet using an elimination diet. Removing specific foods from your diet will allow the body to recover and begin to function efficiently again.

The Problem With Pharmaceuticals 

When meeting with a doctor, they will likely recommend lifestyle changes you can make alongside taking medications depending on the type of IBS you’re suffering from. The problem is, pharmaceutical medications are often targeting symptom reduction rather than long-term health. There are so many different symptoms and everyone who suffers from IBS has different causes for their issue, so why are using a bandaid approach instead of finding out the underlying issue? Western medicine is wonderful but sometimes avoids going one step further to cure the root cause due to limitations on time and information. Being on medication for long periods can cause long-term issues.

That’s why we are passionate about the functional medicine approach to gut health. 

The Functional Medicine Approach

Functional medicine is rooted in the understanding that every person has unique genes and should be treated based on their environment, symptoms, and lifestyle rather than in a one-size-fits-all approach. There is an understanding that healing and finding the root cause of any issues can be a dynamic process that ebbs and flows based on the patient's unique reaction to lifestyle and supplement changes. Once the cause of the issue has been identified, healing can be much easier because the doctor will know exactly what they are treating. When it comes to GI and digestive issues, the 5R approach is a common path that functional medicine doctors and nutritionists will suggest patients take to start the healing process. 

The 5R Approach To Gut Health

The 5R approach to gut health is a common framework that can treat a wide range of digestive issues. 

  • Remove: Remove all foods that are impacting the body negatively. This step goes hand and hand with an Elimination Diet.
  • Restore: Once you remove anything that is potentially causing issues, you have to restore anything that has been depleted. You can do this by taking different supplements that help replenish the nutrients in your body.
  • Repair: Your body tries to naturally repair itself, but trigger foods and other factors can impact this process. Adding proper nutrients that support your body repair naturally can help you on your road to healing.
  • Reinoculate: A diverse microbiome is crucial for a healthy gut. Many lifestyle factors listed above can diminish the number of good bacteria in the gut. During this step, you will replenish your body with good bacteria so your microbiome and flourish. 
  • Relax: Functional medicine is rooted in the importance of the mind-body connection. Meditation and yoga can help restore this connection and help your body function properly once and for all. 

What Dietitians Have To Say About the 5Rs

If you Google gut healing protocol, you’ll find blogs and articles from functional medicine doctors, dietitians, and nutritionists touting the benefits of the 5Rs. One of the key reasons the 5Rs are supported by such a wide variety of industry professionals is because this approach to gut health can heal more than just IBS or leaky gut. About 80% of our immune system lives in the gut, so healing it offers a variety of benefits including reflux, SIBO, anxiety, acne, hormone imbalance, and more.

That’s why we assembled our GoodGut Program. Our program follows the 5Rs, provides all supplements you need and a sample schedule to follow to help you heal in just 21 days. 

The Road To Healing

Healing is a long journey, but it doesn't have to be. Gut Garden's GoodGut Program is based on the 5R approach and it is designed to rebuild and restore gut health long term. In just 21 days, you can be feeling better.

Our program provides all the supplements you need, easy-to-follow instructions, and a sample schedule. Each supplement was created to align with each step of the 5Rs for optimal healing. Supplements include:

  • Activated Charcoal: Safely absorbs toxins and unwanted material through the digestive tract and out of the body. 
  • Digestive Enzymes with Betaine HCL and Pepsin: Replaces digestive functions that may have been depleted or compromised over time. 
  • Perfect Probiotic: Repopulates healthy bacteria to assist with improved metabolism, digestion,, and immune function. 
  • Resistant Starch Prebiotic: Enhances beneficial bacteria by feeding them a broad spectrum prebiotic that promotes microbial diversity.
  • Collagen Peptides: Helps restore and strengthen the intestinal lining.

Why A Food Journal Can Help

The most difficult part of healing your gut is identifying your food triggers. Food is social, food is cultural, food is celebratory, food is pleasure, food is survival, food is unavoidable.

Incorporating a food journal into your daily routine can make it easier to note how you feel after certain meals. Our Healthy Habits Journal was designed to make the painless possible. It breaks down how to incorporate the right supplements into your schedule plus includes an easy-to-follow journal that details how to do a successful elimination diet.   

You Are Not Alone

Lily Lopez, the founder of Gut Garden, suffered for over a decade. Doctor after doctor looked at her stomach, her liver, kidneys, ovaries, and blood. No one could find any issues and she was eventually diagnosed with IBS. Digestive issues became a new normal and feeling terrible was just supposed to be accepted.

After many late nights on Google, Lily found functional medicine. The doctor helped her find the root cause of her issues and recommended the 5Rs. The functional medicine 5R protocol was just what her body needed. Within weeks, after years of suffering, Lily was finally feeling relief from these painful symptoms. It wasn’t magic, but a systemic approach to healing the gut step by step.

That’s why she created Gut Garden -- to take the guesswork out of healing. 

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