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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Success Begins in the Gut!

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    But if you don’t have enough enzymes to break apart large molecules of food, the villi can’t do their job. And unabsorbed food ferments in the small intestine, creating painful gas and irregular bowel movements.

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    Suggestions For Use
    Take 1 - 3 capsules with each meal. Combine with Assist Full Spectrum Enzymes and Assist Dairy & Protein for greater results.

    • Contains all the enzymes that your small intestine requires
    • Provides maximum absorption
    • Breaks down hard-to-digest dairy
    • Tones the intestinal wall
    • Eliminates bloating and gas
    • Helps get rid of bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
    • Supports regular, healthy bowel movements
    • Non-GMO, dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free

Since the 1970s, physicians have labeled IBS as a psychological disorder. This is because IBS symptoms are frequently made worse by stressful life events. And a physical exam shows no damage to the gut.

The gut contains more nerve tissue than the brain.

Over the last 20 years, research has revealed that the brain and our emotions share a strong relationship with the gut and the immune system. Based on Dr. Sarkis Mazmanian's research, a Louis & Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology at the California Institute of Technology, we now know that the gut microbiome, where trillions of microbes reside in the human body, can communicate with the brain through molecules produced by gut bacteria that enter the bloodstream. These molecules can even impact behavior, as Dr. Mazmanian discovered through his research on gut bacteria, gastrointestinal disease, and autism.1 Researchers say that the complex "second brain" in the gut can also influence emotion—gastrointestinal issues can affect not only digestion but mood and emotional wellbeing. IBS has been called a "mental illness" of the second brain.2

assist-fs-bigAssist SI contains digestive enzymes specially formulated to support digestion in the small intestine. These digestive enzymes can keep food moving to prevent bacterial overgrowth that contributes to IBS.

What Is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a collection of symptoms that often point to poor digestion, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Alternating diarrhea and constipation
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Urgency

Those affected by IBS can also experience depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, fibromyalgia, belching, and sometimes nausea.

The Causes of IBS

The cause of IBS is unknown, but there are several theories:

  1. Depression and Anxiety: Originally, IBS was no more than a psychological diagnosis—like depression or anxiety. Physicians could find no physical evidence of IBS. Even though emotional stress does activate the release of stress hormones and shuts down digestive function, it does not cause IBS.3,4
  1. Serotonin Imbalance: When we later figured out some of the biochemistry in the gut, researchers focused on a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Serotonin alone does not cause IBS, but controlling it with medication can provide short-term relief.5,6
  1. Gut Infection: After realizing that people with a history of food poisoning were often diagnosed with IBS, physicians began using antibiotic therapy. It worked. As it turns out, IBS may be the result of a gut infection.7,8 And now, some of the most recent medical literature has connected the dots. We know that stress, neurotransmitters, the immune system, and the gut all play a role in the development of IBS. So what does this mean in your body?
  1. Bacterial Overgrowth: IBS may be related to bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine (otherwise known as SIBO). In support of this theory, we know that you can control IBS with a "low-residue" diet, which removes hard-to-digest sugars. One hallmark sign of both IBS and bacterial overgrowth is gas and bloating. While stress will always irritate digestive function, research shows that both gluten and a leaky gut contribute to signs of IBS—and to bacterial overgrowth.9,10

IBS and Your Wounded Inner Ecosystem

Dr. Michael Gershon, chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Columbia University, helped to reveal that the gut and the brain are an interconnected network of nerve tissue. The gut is your "second brain." And your "second brain" can give out orders, as well as the brain that belongs to your central nervous system. In fact, the gut contains more nerve tissue than the brain.11

Besides nerve tissue, a thin lining of cells along the gut wall protects your body from large food particles and bacteria. Beneath this cell wall is your immune system. Above this cell wall are bacteria and yeast. All together, this is your inner ecosystem.

When the inner ecosystem of the gut is wounded, there may be:

  • Too Little Stomach Acid. An infection or stress hormones can both impair the production of stomach acid. This brings the digestive process to a halt.
  • Enzyme Deficiency. The small intestine needs specific enzymes to keep food and bacteria moving along. When there are not enough enzymes, food putrefies in the small intestine.
  • Bacterial Overgrowth. The small intestine should be relatively free of bacteria—even good bacteria. The bulk of bacteria and yeast that make up your inner ecosystem is found in your large intestine. Large colonies of bacteria in the small intestine can cause cramping, pain, gas, and bloating.
  • Leaky Gut. A permeable gut lining allows yeast, toxins from bacteria, and large food particles into your bloodstream. This is also known as "leaky gut."
  • Food Sensitivities. An inflamed and "leaky" gut will allow food particles to cross into the bloodstream. This activates a response from the immune system. One of the best ways to heal food sensitivities is to seal the gut. There are some foods that you may always be sensitive to—like gluten.12

The most current medical research tells us that IBS is the result of bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. Also referred to as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), this bacterial overgrowth is caused by low stomach acid, enzyme deficiency, and leaky gut. While some doctors may recommend antibiotics to improve SIBO symptoms, antibiotic use can often trigger a vicious cycle. Antibiotics can disturb gut flora and predispose some people to IBS.13

The vicious cycle continues. Bacterial overgrowth can lead to leaky gut.14 It can also contribute to the development of food sensitivities.

How to Tackle IBS: 4 Quick Steps

We can address both IBS and bacterial overgrowth with steps that maintain a healthy inner ecosystem:

  1. You support the production of stomach acid. Signs of weak stomach acid and bacterial overgrowth include heartburn. You can prevent heartburn by boosting the production of stomach acid with HCl, as Assist Dairy and Protein was designed to do.
  1. You support pancreatic enzymes in the small intestine. Remember, researchers now believe that IBS is the result of bacterial overgrowth. While stomach acid activates enzymes, you must also make sure that there are plenty of enzymes in the small intestine. Otherwise, food sits stagnant in the small intestine and feeds bacterial overgrowth. Assist SI is formulated to work specifically in the small intestine.
  1. You ensure that good bacteria outnumber the bad. One of the best ways to eliminate a gut infection and maintain a hearty inner ecosystem is to crowd out the bad guys. This means plenty of probiotic-rich fermented foods or a high-quality probiotic liquid with specific strains of bacteria and yeast.
  1. You eat a "low-residue" diet. In addition to the Body Ecology Diet (sugar-free, casein-free, and gluten-free), you may want to begin by avoiding foods that contain fiber and hard-to-digest sugars. These foods fall into a category known as FODMAPs. They can be eliminated from the diet and then slowly reintroduced—as your gut heals and based on your unique level of tolerance.

What To Remember Most About This Article:

For decades, many physicians have considered IBS to be a psychological disorder since symptoms can be aggravated by stress. Irritable bowel syndrome may cause issues like gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain. IBS sufferers may experience insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

While the exact cause of IBS remains unknown, medical research links bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine with IBS, often triggered by enzyme deficiency, low stomach acid, and a leaky gut.

You can find IBS relief by taking these steps to boost your inner ecology:

  1. Support stomach acid production and beat heartburn with Assist Dairy and Protein.
  2. Support pancreatic enzymes in the small intestine to keep food moving with Assist SI.
  3. Eliminate a gut infection by balancing the digestive tract with friendly bacteria from fermented foods or a probiotic liquid.
  4. Follow Body Ecology Diet principles and eat low-residue foods that are easier to digest.
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    Maximize Your Food’s Potential to Nourish, Energize, and Heal!

    Unable to fully digest your food? Add more wood to the fire.

    Assist SI bolsters your digestion by delivering more enzymes to where you need them most—in your small intestine. This is where tiny finger-like villi reach out and seize nutrients, pulling them into your bloodstream.

    But if you don’t have enough enzymes to break apart large molecules of food, the villi can’t do their job. And unabsorbed food ferments in the small intestine, creating painful gas and irregular bowel movements.

    Assist SI delivers the same enzymes that your pancreas releases into the opening of the small intestine, ensuring your villi have something to grab on to and that you get the nutrition you need.

    Suggestions For Use
    Take 1 - 3 capsules with each meal. Combine with Assist Full Spectrum Enzymes and Assist Dairy & Protein for greater results.

    • Contains all the enzymes that your small intestine requires
    • Provides maximum absorption
    • Breaks down hard-to-digest dairy
    • Tones the intestinal wall
    • Eliminates bloating and gas
    • Helps get rid of bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
    • Supports regular, healthy bowel movements
    • Non-GMO, dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free

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REFERENCES:

  1. "Mounting Research Shows Gut-Brain Connection." Psych Central News.
  2. "Think Twice: How the Gut's "Second Brain" Influences Mood and Well-Being." Scientific American Global RSS.
  3. KR Jones, et al. Systematic review of the comorbidity of irritable bowel syndrome with other disorders: what are the causes and implications? Gastroenterology. 2002; 122 (4): 1140–56.
  4. F Taguchi, et al. Brain-gut response to stress and cholinergic stimulation in irritable bowel syndrome. A preliminary study. Clin. Gastroenterol. 1993; 17 (2): 133–41.
  5. PS Masand, et al. Atypical antipsychotics as a possible treatment option for irritable bowel syndrome. Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2013 Mar 19. [Epub ahead of print]
  6. MD Gershon, et al. Neuropeptides and inflammatory bowel disease. Current Opinion in Gastroenterology: November 2009; 25 (6): 503-511.
  7. C Lam, et al. An Update on Post-infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Role of Genetics, Immune Activation, Serotonin and Altered Microbiome. J Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2012 Jul;18(3):258-68. doi: 10.5056/jnm.2012.18.3.258. Epub 2012 Jul 10.
  8. M Pimentel, et al. The effect of a nonabsorbed oral antibiotic (rifaximin) on the symptoms of the irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized trial. Intern. Med. 2006;145 (8): 557–63.
  9. M Simren, et al. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. 2007; 56 (6): 802–8.
  10. M Pimentel, et al. The Prevalence of Overgrowth by Aerobic Bacteria in the Small Intestine by Small Bowel Culture: Relationship with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Dis. Sci. 2012; 57 (5): 1321–29.
  11. MD Gershon. The Second Brain: ‪The Scientific Basis of Gut Instinct and a Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1998.
  12. AR Zinsmeister, et al. A Controlled Trial of Gluten-Free Diet in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Diarrhea: Effects on Bowel Frequency and Intestinal Function. 2013 Jan 25. pii: S0016-5085(13)00135-2. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2013.01.049. [Epub ahead of print]
  13. "Gut Bacteria and IBS." org.
  14. M Secondulfo, et al. Cellobiose and lactulose coupled with mannitol and determined using ion-exchange chromatography with pulsed amperometric detection, are reliable probes for investigation of intestinal permeability. J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 2003; 783: 349–357.

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  • http://www.diyhealthblog.com Angela Privin at Diyhealthblog.com

    I got an IBS diagnosis and doctors told me it was incurable. I cured it by following a grain-free, sugar-free, nut-free and legume-free diet. Now I help other people heal their IBS symptoms. IBS could be caused by anything and I agree with what you say in this article but there is no mention of adrenal fatigue and liver toxicity, which can be another common cause for IBS symptoms. With a condition like IBS it is a detective game to find the underlying cause but it is far from incurable.

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