Your body is not yours alone. You are sharing it with over 100 trillion bacteria. This fact makes many people uncomfortable.
“I have germs living inside me?” you may ask, aghast.
Yes, inside the orifices of your body, and primarily in your digestive tract, live an enormous number of bacteria – single-celled organisms that have colonized areas of your body and exist happily there. This may alarm you, because we have been trained to view bacteria as the enemy. However, we are not sterile beings. Our internal bacteria are actually critical to our health- so critical, in fact, that we cannot survive without them. They are fundamental to the development of our immune system, they help break down our food, and they even create nutrients that we need for good health. And most importantly for you, they play a large role in whether or not we experience diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, abdominal pain or IBS.
The bacteria inside us form a teeming, busy ecosystem. Changing or harming one species will have repercussions on the other species and on the host itself. While we are used to thinking of the earth’s ecosystems in this way, it may seem strange that these same principles govern our internal environments. This environment is all too easily altered, especially in our world of antibiotics. And many people suffer from IBS due to a microbial imbalance in their digestive tract.
There are three major categories of bacteria: Good bacteria, such as acidophilus and bifidobacterium; Bad bacteria, too numerous to mention but rarely tested for in most clinics; And then the ugly bacteria, so dangerous that you’ve probably heard about them before. It’s also important to know that yeast (Candida) and parasites can also be a significant cause of IBS symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain. A deficiency of good bacteria and/or the presence of bad and ugly bacteria, yeast (Candida) or parasites will cause a variety of digestive problems, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and even nutritional deficiencies. There are tests to diagnose each of these problems. And once diagnosed, all these conditions are readily treatable.
At the IBS Treatment Center we have expertise in the detection and treatment of deficiencies in good bacteria, as well as the detection and treatment of unwanted bacteria, yeast (Candida) and parasites.