Gut Health

Gut Health Explained.

Your gut one of the most complex and fascinating systems in your body. Its function has direct links to the health of other organs such as the brain, kidneys, skin, sex organs and heart. The gut is one of the major players in immune regulation.  It also has a significant influence on chronic medical conditions. That’s conditions like depression, obesity, diabetes and even cancer. 

Today digestive diseases are on the rise.  Around 6-8 million people around the world suffer from some form of bowel condition. According to the NHS, in the UK, the most diagnosed gastrointestinal conditions is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

In the UK, around 15% of people have suffered from the symptoms of IBS at one point in their lives, with 67% of those being women. In fact, IBS accounts for around 10% of all GP visits and 50% of all gastroenterologist appointments in the UK. IBS Clinics’ focus is on how to improve gut health naturally.

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS generally affects the large intestine or colon.  The symptoms are cramping, pain in the abdomen, frequent bloating, gas, and changes in bowel movements. Also diarrhoea or constipation, or periods of both. For this reason, IBS is either classified as IBS-A, IBS-C, IBS-D or mixed IBS.

An IBS diagnosis results when:

  • symptoms occur on at least three days a month for at least three months
  • symptoms have first appeared within the 6 months before diagnosis
  •  a bowel movement relieves pain
  •  a change in frequency and appearance of stool relates to start of pain

IBS is a big issue to the healthcare system as it is one of the most complex conditions to treat. But there is a lack of consensus on the effective approach to managing it.

There is also a lack of formal diagnostic criteria for IBS. Diagnosis exclusion of other bowel conditions is the medical procedure generally adopted. So tests for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Diverticulitis, and Colon Cancer are the start.  If they are negative and you continue to have symptoms, an IBS diagnosis follows.

At IBS Clinics we specialise in alleviating the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other gut conditions by improving gut health naturally.
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Other Common Gut Conditions

Food intolerance can be difficulty digesting certain foods. It can also be having an unpleasant physical reaction to certain foods.
 
The symptoms, such as bloating and tummy pain, usually happen a few hours after eating the food.
 
The prevalence of food intolerance has multiplied over recent years. But the symptoms are common with many other conditions. So it is hard to be precise about how many people suffer from intolerance alone.
 
Our focus on how to improve gut health naturally extends to the following gut health issues:
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SIBO

SIBO and IMO occur with a migration of microorganisms large intestine to the small intestine. With this comes an increase in gas and products of fermentation, which results in a variety of symptoms that are also typical of IBS. Research is forging ahead in SIBO and IMO, and they are now seen as two of the most likely causes of IBS.

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Candida Albicans

Candida is a normal part of the gut flora, but it becomes a problem if it overgrows. Causes include: (1) frequent use of antibiotics (2) diets high in sugar or lacking in nutrients due to a high intake of processed foods (3) high intake of alcohol (4) poor digestive motility (5) stress (6) use of birth control pills (OCP) (7) NSAIDs such as aspirin

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Tired All The Time

IBS, being tired all the time and Chronic Fatigue (CFS) or Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) are related. A variety of factors specific to an individual can result in CFS of CFIDS. But, no matter the cause, a great increase in the demand on many body systems results.

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Leaky Gut

Leaky Gut is a condition in which the intestinal barrier function is no longer intact. The gut is ‘leaky’ as part of it normal function. But stress, inflammation toxins, food sensitivities and other factors lead to an increase in leakiness. This allows toxins, bacteria, undigested food particles and other compounds to transfer from the gut into the bloodstream. Leaky gut causes many IBS-like symptoms.

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Intestinal Parasites

There are many bacterial creatures living within your digestive tract. But parasites are not a normal part of these microorganisms. They are harmful to the other colonies living in the gut. Parasites feed off the food you eat and their presence may affect the diversity of gut bacteria. IBS and a range of mild to severe symptoms result. Parasites can enter your body via: (1) Drinking or eating contaminated water or food (2) The skin (contaminated water or soil) (3) Insects (4) Pets

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Food Intolerance

Food intolerance can be difficulty digesting certain foods. It can also be having an unpleasant physical reaction to certain foods. Symptoms, such as bloating and tummy pain, usually happen a few hours after eating the food. The prevalence of food intolerance has multiplied over recent years. But the symptoms are common with many other conditions. So it is hard to be precise about how many people suffer from intolerance alone.

More Gut Conditions

Coeliac Disease & Gluten Sensitivity

Coeliac Disease differs from IBS. It affects the small intestine in people who are predisposed to an autoimmune response. The result is an intolerance to gluten.  This is due to the changes in the structure of the small intestine which causes severe malabsorption issues when gluten remains in the diet.

Diverticulosis and diverticulitis

This condition affects the large intestine, but has can also affect the small intestine in some people. Diverticuli are pea-sized pouches, that form in the walls of the intestinal lining. They trap intestinal contents and lead to inflammation. This in turn causes episodes of severe pain and even fever, chills and vomiting.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Crohn’s Disease (CD), Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and Microscopic Colitis (MC)

CD, UC and MC are all inflammatory bowel disorders (IBDs). They affect the large intestine, but, CD can also affect other parts of the digestive tract. These conditions cause heightened inflammatory conditions in the bowel. Untreated they can progress to poly or ulcers formation in the walls of the colon.

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)

Sufferers of this autoimmune condition, experience widespread pain and a lowered pain threshold. They may also experience IBS-like symptoms.

Low stomach acid

Hypochlorhydria is far more common than we used to believe. Most people with heartburn and reflux actually suffer from low stomach acid. This reduces the ability of food breakdown in the stomach. It may lead to feelings of fullness when eating meat or high-fat meals in particular.  Low stomach acid allows food to pass through the digestive system largely undigested. This leads to symptoms of inflammation, bloating, cramping and pain.

Our focus is on helping you to improve gut health naturally

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IBS & gut conditions

We specialise in alleviating the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other gut conditions. Conditions which share a symptom picture with IBS include Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. 

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Other issues

We also help sufferers of other diseases of which IBS is often a concurrent condition. These include those listed above as well as Interstitial Cystitis, Restless Leg Syndrome, Acne Rosacea and others

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Path to recovery

Our patients can expect to achieve significant reduction in symptoms by the 3rd visit in our recommended programmes. This is usually 3-4 months from the outset of investigations and commencement of a treatment regime.

What our clients say

“Hey Tracey, Hope you are well. Just wondering if I can book in to come and see you as in one month time I will be off the programme that you have prescribed for me. I have noticed such fantastic results and I am feeling so much better, with much more energy and also my skin has really improved. I am still getting a few pimples here and there however as each week progresses I am noticing that my face is getting clearer and clearer. Yeah it is working!!!!!”

CB, Patient with Fatigue and Acne
“I’m delighted to report that you have delivered on your promise that I will be able to enjoy a wider range of foods. I’m feeling substantially better than when we first met, a welcome reduction in the pain.”

S T, Patient with Parasites, candida and multiple food sensitivities
“Thank you so much! Coming to see you, loosing nearly 5 stone! And maintaining a gluten free and lactose free diet made it possible. Any pains I have now I manage by drinking loads of bone broth it really helps. Thanks for helping us extend our little family I am so grateful for your support Tracey!”

SR, Patient with IBS and fertility issue
“I started seeing Tracey as I had been suffering from a number of strange gut symptoms such as bloating, constipation and odd gurglings. I suspected that I might have a wheat intolerance too as some of my symptoms seemed to be caused by the foods I ate.
Once I started to see Tracey, she discovered a whole load of other food intolerances but also discovered that I was harbouring a gut parasite and two different species of Candida.

After a summer of diet change and some tablet taking I am now free of both and can even enjoy the odd slice of cake now and then without ill effect. Thank you Tracey! YD, Patient with IBS with parasites and candida.
I can honestly say that it was such a pleasure to meet Tracey and find someone that is genuinely interested in my health and finding the cause of my symptoms. I had been suffering with bowel issues for over 15 years and Tracey has managed to pinpoint that I actually had an infection by the name of SIBO. Tracey was very informative about SIBO and with a combination of taking special supplements and a radical change in diet, my symptoms have improved by 90% so far. There is still a way to go, but I am confident that with Tracey’s advice I will reach my goal. She has been brilliant and most of all, has given me my life back!”

RD, Patient with SIBO Once