- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Altered GI immune function
- Bacterial/fungal overgrowth
- Chronic dysbiosis
- SIBO – small intestinal bowel overgrowth
Symptoms: gas, bloating, chronic constipation or loose stool, abdominal pain, heartburn.
There is a research that supports the connection between depression and imbalance in the gut. Chronic use of NSAIDS, antibiotics, anti-acids or proton pump inhibitors medications, processed foods, gluten and agricultural chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides strip normal intestinal flora from healthy bacteria thus altering microflora causing inflammation and poor absorption of nutrients compromising brain function. In addition, compromised flora creates an environment that allows for opportunistic bacteria and fungal overgrowth causing various GI symptoms and systemic illnesses. Chronic exposure to stress can also affects the gut function. The nervous system of gastrointestinal organ is sometimes referred to as a “second brain” because it relies on the same types of neurons and neurotransmitters that are found in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). The patients with chronic stress or severe anxiety tend to suffer with abdominal pain and have altered bowel function (constipation and diarrhea).