Does your stomach hate you after you eat certain foods that are rich in dairy, wheat, or carbs? It could be an allergy, or it could be a sign of IBS.
IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is the most common disease diagnosed by gastroenterologists and it affects approximately 10 to 15 percent of the adult population in the United States. It’s a difficult stomach disorder that causes uncomfortable, and sometimes painful, bloating, constipation, gas, and other symptoms after eating. Your doctor will be able to diagnose you and should help provide a treatment plan as well.
You can often manage IBS with lifestyle changes and medications, but you may want to try other types of treatment to help relieve some of your symptoms, especially non-oral medications that bypass your digestive system entirely. Many people turn to IV Therapy because of this.
Symptoms of IBS
In many cases, IBS is manageable through lifestyle changes, a healthy diet, and stress management. However, some will need medication to help keep their symptoms under control.
Symptoms of IBS can include:
Pain or cramping when having a bowel movement.
Extreme variations in how often you have a bowel movement.
Changes in the look of your bowel movements.
What Can Trigger IBS?
IBS doesn’t have one single cause, though some things can cause it to develop or trigger flare ups.
Things like a severe infection, nervous system irregularities, a lot of stress in their early childhood, and muscle contractions in the intestines can cause IBS.
If you’re already diagnosed, then your symptoms will likely be worse if you experience high-stress, or eat foods with dairy, wheat, beans, cabbage, and citrus. Soda and other carbonated drinks are known to trigger symptoms as well.
Common Dietary Deficiencies Caused by IBS
Because IBS limits what a person can eat, many who have IBS are deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. Your doctor may prescribe you supplements or tell you to take over-the-counter vitamins as well. If you opt to take an IV, here is what you should consider including in it:
A zinc deficiency may be due to their avoidance of milk, which was the largest source of dietary zinc in the study population. Zinc deficiency is characterized by stunted growth, loss of appetite, and impaired immune function. In more severe cases, it can cause hair loss, diarrhea, and eye and skin lesions.
While more research is needed to confirm the correlation, it is common for people with IBS to be deficient in vitamin D, though it is unclear why. The current working theory is the lack of vitamin D-rich foods in diets, as well as lifestyle habits that prevent the person from soaking in the sun.
Like with vitamin D, more research needs to confirm the correlation between malabsorption of carbohydrates and IBS. However, researchers have noted a connection between the two — many people with IBS often have trouble absorbing carbohydrates such as fructose, lactose, sugar alcohols, and fructans and galactans.
Can IV Therapy Help IBS?
IV therapy can help relieve the symptoms of IBS, especially for those who are zinc deficient and have other dietary restrictions, such as not being able to eat citrus fruit for vitamin C. It can also help rehydrate you after a bad flare up and soothe any inflammation and muscle pain. The hydration can also help with more severe symptoms such as prolonged constipation.
If you experience inflammation, cramping, constipation, and nausea from your IBS, we recommend asking for a Myer’s Cocktail. Our cocktail includes vitamin C to boost your immune system and reduce inflammation, magnesium for inflammation, vitamin B complex to relieve cramping and improve digestion, and vitamin B12 to balance your gut health.
If your stomach is churning, you can try our Hangover Helper cocktail, which is filled with anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory medication, B-complex vitamins, and vitamin B12.
Beyond that, IVs directly bypass your stomach, so don’t have to worry about aggravating your symptoms or triggering your IBS. This will allow you to feel better, faster.
When you schedule an appointment with us, our registered nurses come directly to you. We’re a 100% mobile operation, which means you don’t need to leave your home while you’re dealing with your IBS. Our nurses will help you get comfortable, administer the IV, and you’ll be feeling better in no time. So if your medication isn’t working or if you want to try something new, give IV therapy a shot to find fast-acting IBS relief. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call today: (602) 755-9525.