What is a good modality to explore if I’ve been suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms.

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Bioenergetics, stress management therapies such as yoga and meditation, and gut health diagnosis by a good naturopath, functional medicine doc, or functional diagnostic nutritionist.


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Hi Mari,
I recommend combining modalities, those that address calming the nervous system from "outer" stress and anxiety, such as breathwork, focused imagery, abdominal massage, meditation, craniosacral therapy, and gentle yoga, with those that address "inner" stress such as nutrition therapy, which looks at food choices/allergies, mold toxicity, elimination diets, and more.


As a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, I use integrative physiology to witness unique patterns, treat the root cause and support daily thriving.

Our digestive health is influenced by our nervous system, hormones, digestive organ functioning (ie - stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder), our microbiome, our food and whether it is meeting our needs, our attitudes toward food, and our bowel habits. Working with a provider who can get to know you, your habits, needs, the demands on your body and life and work from a whole-person perspective will be the most effective process. This doesn't necessarily mean we have to run every test. As I get to know a patient and get their history, I am generally narrowing down what I think will be the most informative tests to run and the most efficient strategies, from lifestyle patterns, to food, to possible digestive support, herbs or if necessary, treatment to remove pathogens from the gut while restoring healthy function.


Integrative Clinical Nutritionist and Holistic Health Practitioner

Food sensitivity testing and balancing gut flora.


Health and Wellness Coach

Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be a result of a few things but it mainly starts with your gut health. If our microbiome is not healthy than all other areas of our body are going to be effected. Here is an example. Did you know that over 80% of your seratonin (those feel good receptors) are actually produced in your gut? So what happens it if we aren't feeding the gut the things it needs/wants, it's going to sound an alarm to your brain and give off the impression that you are not happy basically. Therefore causing things like anxiety, depression, irritable bowel being a result as well. There is of course a lot more science and detail behind this but in a nutshell, this is most likely what is going on. I would recommend really digging into the meals you eat. Do you eat a lot of sugar/processed food? Gluten has a very strong influence on a lot of how your body reacts. It can cause mood disorders even. So start there. Maybe journal for awhile each day and when moments tend to trigger you. I used to suffer from this. Every time I would get nervous, stressed, I would be in the bathroom. It wasn't until I started to actually feed my body more nutritious foods and learned to manage my stress, did this become a thing of the past. Feel free to let me know your thoughts or if anything comes up for you.


Hi Mari. This is a condition I also suffered from for many years. Key to addressing it is reducing the stress in your life and slowing down. Reducing the stress means different things to different people but is likely a combination of eliminating some stressors and learning how to manage stressors you can or do not want to eliminate. In addition to coaching, meditation and other mindfulness practices, including mindful movement and breathwork, are wonderful modalities to help you do so. Let me know if you would like further information.


Certified Hypnotherapist

Hello, Mari -

IBS is often associated with chronic stress, which causes inflammation in the body. This can be heightened when we clench our lower belly. Hypnotherapy is proven to be effective in restoring harmony between the social and physical parts of our mind, releasing internal tension to allow normal bowel operation. I can provide references to scientific studies regarding the effectiveness of hypnotherapy for IBS.


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