When you’re suffering from digestive issues like constipation, bloating, or diarrhea, you may have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Michelle Walter at NOBU Integrative Medicine can help restore your intestines, reducing symptoms and making you feel comfortable again. Located in North Bend, Washington, Dr. Walter uses naturopathic medicine to get your gut back in shape. Contact her office on the phone or online to learn how she can help you reduce, or even eliminate, the symptoms of IBS.
What is irritable bowel syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common syndrome that affects as many as one in five American adults. IBS impacts your bowels regularity and can cause a range of gastrointestinal disturbances, including:
In some cases, you may also experience mucus in the stool.
How is IBS treated?
While there’s a range of pharmaceutical medications for treating IBS, these are designed to treat the symptoms, not the cause. When you stop taking these medications, the symptoms return, sometimes worse than they were at the beginning.
As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Walter takes a non-pharmaceutical approach to IBS. She addresses your symptoms and looks for the cause of your IBS, which often has something to do with the types of foods you eat and your bathroom habits. By improving the function of your digestive system, Dr. Walter may even help you eliminate IBS.
To begin healing your digestive system, Dr. Walter recommends cleaning up your diet. That includes eliminating highly processed foods and drinks, such as:
- Fried foods
- Sugary treats
Replace these with whole foods containing healthy fats and complex carbohydrates like:
- Whole grains
Dr. Walter also recommends monitoring your food combinations.
When you eat processed “white foods,” like white flour and sugar, with saturated fats such as red meat and dairy products, you slow your digestive process. That means food stays in your stomach longer than necessary and leads to the colonization of microorganisms that contribute to IBS.
Does the doctor recommend taking supplements for IBS?
Depending on your situation, Dr. Walter may recommend supplements to help restore your digestive health and reduce the symptoms of IBS.
If you’re over age 35, or if lifestyle changes aren’t enough to eliminate your symptoms, she may suggest taking a supplemental digestive enzyme. These supplements help your body break down foods, allowing more nutrient absorption and decreasing microorganism colonization in the stomach.
Depending on how your digestive system is functioning, Dr. Walter may recommend using supplements that contain:
- Hydrochloric acid
If you’re tired of IBS keeping you from enjoying life, contact Dr. Walter. You can schedule your appointment by calling the office or booking online.