April is IBS Awareness Month

IBS awareness monthI’m happy to share that April 1st marked the beginning of IBS Awareness month.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal condition that affects an estimated 30 million Americans and millions more worldwide—men, women and children.  IBS is not well understood in the medical community and not always easy to talk about.

As a result, many people are forced to suffer in silence.

People with IBS can experience abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation, fecal urgency, excessive and uncomfortable gas, mucus in the stool, and a feeling of incomplete bowel movements.  These physical symptoms take a serious toll on one’s quality of life as do the psychological and financial burdens.  Because IBS is not a life-threatening illness, too many people, mostly women, are quickly dismissed by their physicians, often made to feel like they’re crazy.

You’re not crazy.  IBS is a very real disease.

Fortunately, we’re learning more and more about IBS, especially as our understanding of the gut microbiome evolves.  Certain antibiotics, probiotics, dietary modifications and over-the-counter supplements have been shown to manage symptoms, manipulate the gut bacteria, and help heal the gut.

To kick off IBS awareness month, I invite you to check out these earlier posts on IBS and visit us regularly for future IBS posts.  Better yet, sign up for my weekly newsletter so that you don’t miss out.

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