IBS is one of the most commonly diagnosed digestive imbalances, but what does it really tell you? In functional medicine, we refer to this as an umbrella term that doesn’t actually get at the root cause of the problem. In this Episode we will define IBS-C (constipation) and IBS-D (diarrhea) and discuss functional medicine approaches for both including tests for proper diagnosis, best supplements, foods to treat symptoms.
In the clinical setting, we ask a lot of questions about digestion in order to determine if a digestive concern is bacterial or inflammatory based. We ask a lot of questions about what the stool is like, so YES we want you to look! Once we have gotten an idea of what may be happening, we often recommend a stool assessment or inflammatory mediator test to get each client’s intervention 100% tailored to them. In this episode we will go through each test and what information it shows us as well as possible interventions.
Also in this episode:
- Best lab tests to consider for digestive disorders
- Food As Medicine tips for IBS with constipation
- Food As Medicine tips for IBS with diarrhea
- Best supplements to consider and more!