Over 60 million Americans have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (that’s 20% of the population)! To better understand what IBS is and how to treat it, Dr. Mark Hyman takes us through the basics of its causes. First, it’s important to understand that our gut contains a microbiome that contains trillions of bacteria. In fact, there’s more bacteria DNA than human DNA in your body. Some of that bacteria is good and helpful, others aren’t. When there is an imbalance of too many bad bacteria in your gut, this results in SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). It’s also important to understand that there is a very thin layer between this harmful bacteria in our intestines and the rest of our body. If we add stressors such as too many antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, intestinal infections, or a low fiber high sugar diet or alcohol, we can develop leaky gut causing a myriad of IBS symptoms.
Because of the many contributing factors to IBS, there isn’t necessarily a one size fits all solution. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do. 1) Understand and eliminate the foods to which you are allergic. 2) Get rid of the bad bacteria in your gut. 3) Repopulate the good bacteria. Check out the full video to get all of the details.