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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Help in Dallas

woman walking with hand on stomachIBS, short for irritable bowel syndrome, is a common disorder that affects the stomach and intestines. Typical symptoms include abdominal discomfort, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or a combination. If symptoms are moderate to severe, IBS can negatively affect one’s quality of life.

The Conventional Approach to Care

Many people with IBS first go to the gastroenterologist, who often recommends adding fiber to their diet in the form of popular dietary fiber supplements. The problem is that the supplements contain wheat, so there’s a gluten component, or other chemicals related to neurological issues,etc.

Many gastroenterologists don’t focus on the importance of nutrition and their food choices. So when a client comes to see me, they’ve been frustrated, because not only have they had all these symptoms and pain, they have been told to take more fiber, or a laxative or anti-diarrheal. These measures don’t help, and a lot of times it makes things worse.

The Importance of Testing

People with IBS can have food sensitivities or even allergies they’re unaware of. That’s why we do blood testing for those things at the practice. A person also could have issues with digestive function. For example, maybe they’re not making enough digestive enzymes or hydrochloric acid needed to break their food down, They can also have issues with bacterial imbalances or overgrowth, or other microbial pathogens like Candida or parasites. This can all be uncovered with a stool test and through targeted conversation and gut microbiome testing.

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Diet, Supplementation & Lifestyle Changes

Alongside either an elimination diet or looking at food sensitivities or allergies, we work to remove those foods and then I supply clients with the supplementation that they might need. We also work on their lifestyle, around meals and what they’re eating, and we address stress.

Stress comes from various sources, including relationships, jobs, internal factors such as food sensitivities, allergies, and digestive problems. These stressors can damage the gut lining, inhibit the production of stomach acid and digestive enzymes, and disrupt the normal function of digestive organs.

It also triggers our fight-or-flight response, directing blood flow and energy towards the extremities and away from digestive processes. This leaves the rest and digest function of our parasympathetic nervous system underutilized. Mindfulness at mealtimes can help manage this issue, allowing our organs to function properly amidst stress.

Schedule an Appointment

If you’re experiencing IBS please reach out to book an appointment with me.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Help Dallas TX | (817) 715-0512