14: Tummy Troubles- IBS with Andrea Dahlman, NTP
Gut symptoms like gas, bloating, and constipation are so common and so detrimental to our health AND our quality of life. Join me as I discuss IBS and other tummy troubles with today’s podcast guest, Andrea Dahlman, NTP.
EPISODE 14: TUMMY TROUBLES- IBS WITH ANDREA DAHLMAN, NTP
(00:00) Welcome & Intro
(04:30) Let’s welcome today’s guest- Andrea Dahlman, NTP of Redeeming Nutrition.
(06:00) What is IBS?
IBS is a big umbrella diagnosis- basically meaning “we don’t know why you have this”. It usually describes symptoms that worsen after eating and are relieved with elimination. Could include constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating.
All most doctors offer is bandaid solutions like medications for symptom relief. As Taylor Swift says, bandaids don’t fix bullet holes.
“Normal” bowel habits= BM 1-3 times per day
(19:30) What causes IBS symptoms?
Nerves & muscles in gut are not talking correctly- vagus nerve dysfunction when we are in a stressed out state.
Dysfunction in the migrating motor complex- our digestive “housekeeper”.
It can either be too slow or too quick (constipation or diarrhea”.
It’ s best to space 3-4 hours between meals or snacks so the “housekeeper” can finish cleaning up the one meal before another occurs.
Gut flora imbalance
Having a balanced garden of bacteria without too many weeds is the goal.
Just Thrive Probiotic & Antioxidant is my pick for probiotics- learn more here.
Parasites or yeast overgrowth
This is something you can detect using the GI-MAP advanced gut health testing.
You can learn more about getting this testing done with me at this link: https://www.thechristiannutritionist.com/work-with-me-1
Food intolerances or food sensitivities
Food sensitivity panel- the MRT 170- can be ordered through me. Learn more about testing here: https://www.thechristiannutritionist.com/work-with-me-1
(38:00) Practical strategies to address IBS
Check for food sensitivities- if you can’t afford the MRT testing, remove the top 5 sensitivities for 30 days (gluten/wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, & corn) and see if your symptoms improve.
Eat mindfully without any distractions- just you and your food!
Get a GI-MAP stool test done- you can click here to learn more about testing with me.
Digestive support- work with an NTP/NTC to learn which would be best for you.
Hydrochloric acid supplementation
Probiotics- Just Thrive- start low and slow. You can purchase here.
Diarrhea- drink coconut water for electrolyte balance.
Bloating- avoid sorbitol, xylitol, and fructose- don’t need to eliminate fruit, just be aware of the quantities.
Eat fruit on an empty stomach for easier digestion.
Common food triggers of IBS
Deep fried or fatty foods, chocolate, coffee
Raw veggies- eat 75% cooked veggies to assist with digestion
Immediate relief for constipation
200-400 mg of magnesium glycinate before bed
Lots of water!!!
Epsom salt bath before bed
Triphala- Ayurvedic fruit.
Along with daily magnesium.
(52:00) What’s wrong with Miralax?
For the majority of people, Miralax is not the long-term answer.
It’s a band-aid solution.
(54:00) Anchor Questions
What’s your anchor meal?
Dinner for breakfast!
What’s your anchor verse?
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”
Thank you Andrea for joining me on the podcast!!
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