If so, you have the symptoms cluster that’s known as “irritable bowel syndrome”, or “IBS” by the medical system.
I’ll be a little bit cheeky and suggest to you that IBS doesn’t actually exist.
Hmmmm – how can that be?
Well, I’ve been helping people with digestive symptoms for almost a decade and I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to assist some 2,000 or so folk from around the world.
In most of cases I’ve seen, so-called “IBS” is caused by a simple imbalance:
First, there is too much bad stuff in your digestive system:
Second, there isn’t enough good stuff in your digestive system:
Bad foods, bad bugs and bad toxins can really irritate your stomach and intestine (irritate as in “irritable bowel syndrome”).
They cause inflammation and damage that leads to pain and alterations in muscle contraction (changes in muscle contraction cause diarrhoea in some people, and constipation in others).
Bad foods include gluten, sugar, processed carbohydrates and cow’s milk, soy and alcohol. They can be very aggravating to your delicate digestive system.
Bad bugs can cause a lot of bloating because they ferment food, leading to gas, wind and pain. This situation is exacerbated when you eat bad foods.
Healthy, wholesome foods contain proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals that nourish your gut and help keep irritation and inflammation down to a minimum.
Good bugs are your helpers – they perform loads of different functions, helping you digest food, make vitamins, fighting off invaders, reducing inflammation, feeding your intestine cells and supporting your immune system.
Problems can develop when your good bug levels drop too low due to:
Good digestive secretions include stomach acid, pancreatic enzymes and bile. These secretions help you digest food and also help to keep the environment in your stomach and intestine inhospitable to bad bugs.
When these secretions are too low, you can’t digest food properly. This can place tremendous stress on your gut while providing a breeding ground for bad bugs (bad bugs love undigested food).
Your path back to tip top digestive health is likely to be different from everyone else’s, but the principles are the same.
The answer is very simple – much simpler than you might imagine. There are two key steps:
Remove the bad stuff (bad food, bad bugs, bad toxins)
Replace the good stuff (good foods, good bugs, good secretions and nutrients)
You would be amazed at how many times my clients’ irritable bowels improved just by making some small changes to their food intake. In my experience, foods that cause the most problems are:
Making time to sit down and relax while eating, whilst chewing food thoroughly, can also make a surprising difference, as can eating at the same times each day.
To remove bad bugs, you first need to know which ones are causing problems in your specific case.
Bacteria such as Campylobacter, Salmonella and H. pylori can cause irritable bowels.
Intestinal parasites can also cause problems – I had one called Blastocystis as well as my H. pylori.
Fungal overgrowth by organisms like Candida can cause IBS.
The way you deal with these bugs is different in each case, so it’s important to figure out which ones you have. You can do this using a comprehensive home stool test.
Once you have removed bad foods and bad bugs, you will have far fewer bad toxins in your digestive system.
When you remove bad foods, it’s important to replace them with better alternatives (good foods). These foods will nourish your gut and enable it to heal.
My book, The H. Pylori Diet, teaches you exactly how to do this. It teaches you which foods to avoid, and how to replace them.
The book will help you even if you do not have H. pylori, because the diet and nutrition principles crossover to situations where you have other bad bugs.
You can try taking the following supplements to help you digest food better so that bad bugs can’t ferment and make gas from it!
I recommend you only do this under the guidance of a knowledgeable practitioner to ensure you do not cause any damage, especially with the betaine hydrochloride.
It’s virtually impossible not to overcome IBS if you take the right steps.
I’ve developed a range of products and tools to help you quickly and easily rejuvenate your digestive health.
Please browse the options below and choose the one that best fits your requirements.
This 250-page book is perfect if you know you already have H. pylori. In it, I outline:
A Home Stool Test
Doing a home stool test changed my life – I’m not sure whether I would have found out why I felt unwell had I not done one. I wish I had done one a lot sooner as it would have saved a lot of toil and struggle!
Our H. pylori home stool test tells you whether you have H. pylori, which strain you have, and whether you have an antibiotic strain. It is a completely unique test and has extremely limited availability. Click here for details.
If you would like to check for parasites, Candida overgrowth, whether you are digesting your food and whether you have a damaged immune system, you can also do this from your own home.
I recommend this test if your doctor has told you that you have IBS, as it is very comprehensive. Importantly, it will teach you WHY you have the IBS in the first place.
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I realize this information might be a little confusing and overwhelming, so please don’t worry.
There is no faster way to rejuvenate your health than to work with an expert who can help you negotiate the minefield of confusing information on TV, in the magazines and on the Internet.
Why not book an appointment to see me, Dave Hompes, at my London Clinic?
Or, if you live overseas and can’t make it to London, why not schedule a consultation via phone or Skype with a qualified Hompes Method practitioner?
It is my deepest hope that we can serve you, and help you rejuvenate your health in all seven areas: