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What is a good modality to explore if I’ve been suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms.

Asked 2/8/2021 22:25 by Mari B
Brian Balke, C.Ht.

Brian Balke, C.Ht.

Answered 2/9/2021 21:24

Hello, Mari - IBS is often associated with chronic stress, which causes inflammation in the body. This can be heightened when we clench our lower belly. Hypnotherapy is proven to be effective in restoring harmony between the social and physical parts of our mind, releasing internal tension to allow normal bowel operation. I can provide references to scientific studies regarding the effectiveness of hypnotherapy for IBS.

Stephanie Lewis

Stephanie Lewis

Answered 2/10/2021 00:24

Hi Mari. This is a condition I also suffered from for many years. Key to addressing it is reducing the stress in your life and slowing down. Reducing the stress means different things to different people but is likely a combination of eliminating some stressors and learning how to manage stressors you can or do not want to eliminate. In addition to coaching, meditation and other mindfulness practices, including mindful movement and breathwork, are wonderful modalities to help you do so. Let me know if you would like further information.

Jessica Ludwig

Jessica Ludwig

Answered 2/10/2021 03:02

Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be a result of a few things but it mainly starts with your gut health. If our microbiome is not healthy than all other areas of our body are going to be effected. Here is an example. Did you know that over 80% of your seratonin (those feel good receptors) are actually produced in your gut? So what happens it if we aren't feeding the gut the things it needs/wants, it's going to sound an alarm to your brain and give off the impression that you are not happy basically. Therefore causing things like anxiety, depression, irritable bowel being a result as well. There is of course a lot more science and detail behind this but in a nutshell, this is most likely what is going on. I would recommend really digging into the meals you eat. Do you eat a lot of sugar/processed food? Gluten has a very strong influence on a lot of how your body reacts. It can cause mood disorders even. So start there. Maybe journal for awhile each day and when moments tend to trigger you. I used to suffer from this. Every time I would get nervous, stressed, I would be in the bathroom. It wasn't until I started to actually feed my body more nutritious foods and learned to manage my stress, did this become a thing of the past. Feel free to let me know your thoughts or if anything comes up for you.