Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal condition that affects an estimated 40 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.
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 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 posts. Better yet, sign up for my bi-weekly newsletter.
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