Back when I had IBS, I found there were very few foods I could digest. And although it sounds crazy, I found a comforting hot plate of chips and a can of Coke is what I digested the best.
But you can’t live long-term on junk food. And if you can’t absorb the nutrients you need, you can find yourself with other health problems too.
But what if you just can’t digest healthy food?
Despite trying a low Fodmap diet… It’s a real dilemma. You know your body is not getting all the nourishment it needs. And that can affect every aspect of your health.
But you just can’t do anything about it!
IBS: What’s behind your digestion
The physical side
I’m sure you are all familiar with how digestion works. And when the gut microbiome gets out of balance, the “bad” bacteria proliferate and interfere with digestion. This can lead to different types of dysbiosis: Candida, Sibo, H Pylori.
I had Candida. And even though I wasn’t “cured” by dealing with it, I did digest much better and felt less sluggish.
If damage occurs to the gut lining, over time you may find you develop leaky gut – and find yourself with more and more food intolerance.
The good news is that wherever you are, your body is exceptionally good at rebalancing when given some support.
The physical side is just a symptom
Behind your bad digestion can be found all the traditional range of IBS symptoms like bloating, abdominal cramps and transit problems.
While all eyes are (logically) on food and the digestive tract, few people examine what causes bad digestion in the first place:
Our psychological, emotional, energetic and physical reactions to fear.
While trigger loops are still going round, your digestion will likely be affected (remember the brain-gut axis we hear so much about).
So that is what you need to sort out. (If you need help, this is the work I specialize in).
To be able to eat healthy food and digest well long-term your body needs your nervous system to feel appeased.
It needs to calm down the digestive tract and repair the gut damage.
And to be able to do that, your body needs you to discover new ways of experiencing situations that are currently setting off your IBS.
I wish I had known this earlier. I wasted over 25 years of my life with IBS.
If you didn’t know this before, now you know. And I sincerely hope you that you will benefit from this knowledge.
We are all wasting far too much time, energy, money and quality of life on IBS.
What if that could now change?3