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IBS. Now what?

Are you struggling with digestive issues that you can't get under control? You may have food sensitivities. Today I'll explain the difference between food sensitivities, allergies, and intolerances, and tell you what you can do about them.

Did you know that 40% of people in the US have digestive issues? On top of that 15% are diagnosed with IBS. I always say it's good to know that you don't have a more dangerous disease like ulcerative colitis, Chron's, or cancer, but the frustrating part of an IBS diagnosis is that your doctor probably doesn't have many suggestions to get you feeling better.


This is where people wind up feeling like they hit a brick wall, but I'm here to tell you there are many natural things we can do for IBS.


Food Sensitivities


One in seven people have food sensitivities that they aren't aware of. When you have a food sensitivity you don't know about and are ingesting that food on a regular basis, you'll end up with elevated antibody levels, which contributes to inflammation.


There are different types of antibodies, but we're going to focus on IgG and IgE. IgE is responsible for allergic responses that could be an emergency. This includes hives, anaphylaxis, itching, lips or tongue tingling after you eat something, etc. IgG, on the other hand, is a slower response. It's in your system causing inflammation and issues like joint pain, headaches, and digestive problems, but it isn't an emergency or something you'd need an EpiPen for.



Finding Food Sensitivities


The best way to figure out what your food sensitivities are is to do antibody testing, which I offer as part of my BioUnique Boutique. The testing will tell us which food you're reacting to, and then we'll remove that food from your diet for 1-6 months. After that, we have a standard operating procedure for how we're going to reintroduce those foods.


Remember, we are all unique, so what works for one person may not work for another. That's why I recommend testing to get to the bottom of what works best for you! Click the button below to book a free call with me.


Food Intolerances


Food intolerances are different from sensitivities because they don't produce antibodies, but may still cause symptoms like gas, bloating, and digestive upset. A common intolerance is lactose intolerance. 3 out of 10 Caucasians, 8 out of 10 African Americans, and 9 out of 10 Asians have the variant for lactose intolerance. There are other common intolerances like gluten intolerance and even genetic testing we can do to help you find out more about what your genes say you should be eating.


My Favorite Rhode Island Small Businesses


To celebrate Small Business Saturday I wanted to share some of my favorite small businesses with you!

  • Carmen & Ginger - my favorite place to browse for antiques! You can find so many unique gifts here.

  • La Vie en Rose Aesthetics - my go-to place for all things skincare. If you are suffering from acne and don't want to take conventional medications, try stopping here.

  • Sanctuary Sauna Studio and Wellness - I've been doing more self-care lately and was excited to find Sanctuary. They have tons of different healing methods available, but one of my favorites is the infrared sauna, where you can burn up to 600 calories in 40 minutes. It also helps you burn calories more effectively and can help reduce inflammation.



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