Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder

Fatigue and FGIDs

Almost 2/3 of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), who initiate biologic therapy (infliximab, adalimumab, vedolizumab, or ustekinumab) continue to experience persistent fatigue up to 1 year later. Ongoing inflammation was thought to be the main cause of IBD related fatigue, however research now suggests that gut dysbiosis and a less diverse microbiome may be the prevailing factor.  According to

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How Does Stress Affect the Gut?

Feeling stressed, anxious, angry or sad while eating will have a short and long-term effect on the functions of the gastrointestinal tract.  Research continues to report that exposure to stress results in alterations of the bidirectional microbiota-gut-brain axis interactions (“brain-gut axis”).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀“The major effects of stress on gut physiology include: 1) alterations in gastrointestinal motility; 2) increase in visceral perception; 3) changes

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Peppermint Oil and IBS

We’ve written a lot about natural remedies for irritable bowel syndrome and other functional gastrointestinal diseases in the past. Here is even more evidence that peppermint oil can positively impact adults with IBS symptoms: “Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, functional gastrointestinal syndrome characterized by relapsing abdominal pain and altered bowel habits, with either predominant symptoms of diarrhea (IBS-D),

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FGID’s – Part 3

The phrase “butterflies in my stomach” refers to a common experience – that fluttery feeling in the stomach before a stressful event, a big presentation, a first date and even moments before riding on a rollercoaster or boarding a plane. It is an idiomatic expression that means that a person is anxious or has a nervous feeling in their stomach.

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FGID’s – Part 2

Stress, Distress and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGID’s). The response to stress is an integrated and coordinated physiological process that can result in adaption or pathological maladaptation. Protective and damaging effects of stress mediators: central role of the brain The mind involves the whole body, and two-way communication between the brain and the cardiovascular, immune, and other systems via neural and

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Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGID’s)

Hello lovely readers, One of our other practitioners, Mary Clark, at Awakenings Health will also be contributing to this blog moving forward. Mary practices acupuncture, massage, Chinese herbal medicine, and does nutritional counseling. She’s a wealth of knowledge, and we wanted to share her thoughts as another resource for you in your quest for a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

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