By Michelle Tuffs and Alane Archer, ND, CNC
I can answer this one! They spin each other up! If I had a nickel for every stomach ache, a gulp of Kaopectate, every minute spent in the bathroom waiting for the knots in my intestines to settle before I could be dismissed, I’d never ever run out of nickels! EVER!
Anxiety may not be the root cause of IBS, but I can assure you for so many people; it is relentless when the two shall meet. I’ve dealt with symptoms of IBS since my son was born and that makes 21 years now. Anxiety has always been part of my DNA, and unfortunately dealing with this unnatural disaster over the past 2 decades has given me an experience I would really rather not have!
Our colon is in part controlled by the nervous system, which responds to stress, which means these two really need to dig deep if they don’t get along! Feeling anxious in certain situations brings on stress, maybe because of the problems your irritable colon could create. This leaves you uninterested in joining friends and family for a night out or just even a quick trip to the store. Being isolated creates depression, so this tornado now becomes a snowball effect! I’ve had this exact thing happen in my life several times. But there is absolutely a solution for everyone, you just have to work at finding those changes that better your mind and body.
In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible. Marcus Tullius Cicero
First, changing my diet was a no brainer! I did food intolerance testing to show which foods my stomach did not like. I also added salmon with eggs in the morning, okra and more okra! Which does fantastic things for our colon and it made me really happy so…that’s a win-win lol! Finding the proper supplements to heal and calm my colon, maybe a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water, ginger, turmeric, slippery elm and omega 3’s. Most of these can be added to a meal when cooking instead of adding them to your supplements which is fantastic. Healing takes time, and every BODY is different, mentally and physically you can gain confidence and have a life again!
Testing for gut health through our stool testing kit was essential too! Testing for bacteria levels (good and bad bacteria), leaky gut, parasites, enzyme needs, and malabsorption with the stool test kit from Nutritionally Yours will answer many questions. This stool test kit is performed in your home over a 3 day period which will allow these samples to gather info which could be missed performing a test with only one sample from one day. Gather your samples, mail them to the lab and results are returned to you in about 3 weeks along with a simple protocol. If you should need further assistance, we are always here to explain your results in depth. We offer free emails and a free 15-minute call with our head clinician.
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