My wife told me from the beginning of my holistic journey that all health starts in the gut. And if your gut, or gastrointestinal tract is unhealthy, diseases, including cardiovascular, will be the end result.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder characterized by a group of symptoms that occur together, including abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating, and changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both.
The relationship between IBS and cardiovascular disease (CVD) is not fully understood, and there isn’t direct evidence to suggest a causal link between the two. However, there are some indirect connections and shared risk factors that might contribute to an association:
- Stress: Both IBS and cardiovascular disease can be influenced by stress. Stress is known to exacerbate symptoms of IBS and is also a risk factor for cardiovascular problems.
- Inflammation: Some studies suggest that low-grade inflammation may play a role in both IBS and cardiovascular disease. Chronic inflammation is associated with an increased risk of various health conditions, including CVD. Inflammation has a cause and WE need to find it together.
- Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction: Dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary bodily functions such as heart rate and digestion, may contribute to both IBS and cardiovascular issues.
- Pharmaceuticals: Drugs like aspirin, NSAIDs, antibiotics and more can lead to IBS and much worse. Strategies to reduce/eliminate these drugs are very important to healing.
Heal the Gut, Heal the Heart
Here is our approach to IBS and our approach to cardiovascular disease.
Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well.
Eating starts with seafood, nose-to-tail ethically raised animal foods, gluten-free and organic.
Living Well is about sleep, sunshine, toxin-avoidance, movement and chiropractic. Chiropractic care would be ideal for people with IBS as the adjustment is central to improving autonomic function.
Think Well is about happiness, gratitude, and spiritual well-being. This is so important because thinking well leads to good autonomic function. Good autonomic tone is critical to healing IBS.
Next, Test Don’t Guess, evidence-based supplements and biohacking strategies.
This approach will support gut health and heart health.
And we can help. Let us help you. Start with a free coaching discovery call.