Many of us are aware of and may even know someone that has a negative reaction to food. Maybe it’s your best friend that has to avoid shellfish or a family member that avoids peanuts. In these situations, these are most likely food allergies and can be quite severe leading to hives, wheezing and even anaphylaxis.
Maybe you experience gas, bloating or diarrhea after consuming dairy – classic food intolerance.
But have you ever given thought to food causing symptoms like:
Joint or muscle pain/stiffness
Sinus congestion, pain or post nasal drip
Fatigue, anxiety, depression
Other GI symptoms such as heartburn, abdominal pain or nausea
Skin issues like rashes, eczema or psoriasis
These can be classic symptoms of food sensitivity.
So how do you know if you have a food allergy, intolerance or sensitivity?
While many people (including some healthcare practitioners) tend to lump allergy, sensitivity and intolerance all together there are very specif...
In a previous post I discussed how IBS is defined as a medical diagnosis, why it can be hard to actually treat IBS and why you are doing yourself a disservice by accepting an IBS diagnosis and not continuing to look for the underlying reason for your IBS.
While everyone is unique and their underlying cause for IBS symptoms will be different, today, I would like to share with you five of the most common root causes that I see in my “IBS” clients.
What is a “root cause” and why is it important?
As I mentioned previously, it’s important to keep in mind is that IBS is a diagnosis or label that is given to someone who experiences a certain set of symptoms and is not in and of itself a cause or explanation for these specific symptoms. Treating IBS symptoms may provide short term relief but without getting to the underlying cause, your symptoms are bound to come back and depending upon the reason for the symptoms, chances are will progressively worsen.
Sound harsh? Maybe. But I say this from a place of genuine caring and the desire to help you understand what IBS really is (and isn’t).
I get it, you have felt bad for so long, the symptoms that you experience are very real and have a huge impact on your life; they may cause you to miss work or not be as productive while you are there, to miss out on plans with family or friends because you are afraid to leave the house (and the comfort of your own bathroom) or you may not be as active as you once were because let’s face it who wants to get outside on a 5 mile walk, run or hike (or be in the middle of kickboxing class at the gym that you used to love) and risk having diarrhea hit? Right?
You’ve gone to your doctor, you’ve have had probably what seems like an endless number of tests done and finally, you get diagnosed with IBS – irritable bowel syndrome. Yeah! There you have it, the answer you have been seeking, right? Wrong and here’s why. You see IBS while technically is a diagnosis, in...