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Enzymes Are Good Medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Enzymes Are Good Medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common reason people talk to a digestive specialist. Common symptoms include gas, bloating, stomach pain, bouts of loose stool, or constipation. IBS affects both kids and adults and affects roughly 45 million Americans.

The Actual Causes of IBS

In my 26 years of practice, I have found there are a number of treatable causes of IBS.

These consist of:

  • Food sensitivities and refined foods
  • Fructose or sucrose malabsorption
  • Increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome)
  • Infections (yeast overgrowth, parasites)
  • Gut bacteria imbalance (small intestine bacterial overgrowth, imbalanced levels of healthy flora)
  • Poor stress management
  • Poor breakdown of food

Undigested Food Creates GI Chaos

There are tests that I run with a patient that help to determine the root causes of IBS, which allows me to treat the causes very quickly and effectively. One of the causes I would like to address in this article is the last one on my list, which is the poor breakdown of food. When one does not break food down properly, it leads to inflammatory reactions in the stomach, intestines, and colon. Food needs to be broken down properly into smaller fragments so that it can be properly absorbed through the small intestine wall and into the bloodstream. So, not just does one have IBS symptoms from decreased food breakdown, but it also causes symptoms like fatigue, foggy brain, unhealthy skin, joint aches, and other symptoms since it prevents nutrients from being absorbed.

Chronic illnesses, an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, as well as the effects of chronic stress commonly result in the lowered production and release of digestive enzymes. As a result, there is a rise in unpleasant IBS symptoms. One of the fastest ways to help somebody with IBS is to not just improve their diet but have them take digestive enzymes with meals.

Super Enzymes to the Rescue

Frequently available in health food stores, digestive enzymes help to break down most foods, including those containing carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fiber, milk and gluten proteins, and lactose. With the right product, I find that patients can notice an improvement almost instantly. Modern digestive enzymes are grown in a laboratory and extracted and purified from certain kinds of fungi and probiotics. The enzymes harvested from aspergillus are called vegetarian, or fungal. These types withstand stomach acid better than animal-derived enzymes.

A 4-week study of individuals with inflammatory bowel disease that also had IBS symptoms examined the difference of individuals receiving conventional treatment (mesalamine medication) or conventional treatment plus digestive enzymes (in addition to the supplements beta-glucan and inositol). The individuals who received the enzyme formula had a greater decrease in stomach pain in addition to bloating and flatulence. They also had an overall improvement in their condition of inflammatory bowel disease and IBS.

Look for more articles in my upcoming News and Breakthroughs on natural ways to solve your digestive issues.