IBS Treatment in Toronto & Etobicoke (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is ultimately a blanket diagnosis for underlying symptoms of gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or both! Subtypes can be classified as diarrhea (IBS – D), constipation (IBS – C), or mixed (IBS-M or IBS-DC). Furthermore, people may experience mucous in the stool, urgency to defecate, and cramping (commonly relieved by a bowel movement).
What are the Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning once all underlying pathologies like inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and infection have been ruled out, your symptoms are assumed to be as a result of your nervous system.
People are often told they’ll have to live with symptoms, and to manage them by taking psyllium and reducing stress, often with little success.
Dr. Gupta is a naturopathic doctor, and recognizes that multiple food sensitivities, bacterial overgrowth, and an overactive enteric nervous system can play a large role in these symptoms, and management with natural therapies is extremely effective at addressing the root causes.
IBS Testing in our Toronto & Etobicoke Naturopathic Clinic
Further testing may be required by a naturopath, to determine if inflammation is attributed to inflammatory food reactions, or if fermentation is occurring in the small intestine or colon. Such testing may include:
- food allergy testing
- lactulose breath testing
- comprehensive stool sample and parasitology
- SIBO testing may also be indicated
Goals of Natural Treatment Therapy:
Dr. Gupta, ND focuses on addressing the root cause of your ibs symptoms, with goals of treatment aiming to effectively rule out any underlying dysbiosis, food sensitivities, and infections/inflammation.
Therapies involve personalized dietary adjustments, supplements, and lifestyle changes that support the health of the GI tract. Natural health products are chosen when appropriate, and work to balance the nervous system, improve the integrity of the gut lining, and rebuild healthy gut bacteria.
Contact our Toronto naturopathic clinic today for more information about your digestive health or to seek treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.