My name is Spaz, and I’m a Spastic Colon. I am a hard worker with good intentions, but sometimes I have anger issues. This happens to be pretty common for those of us in the “business”. Did you know that nearly 15% of all the bowels in the United States have a reputation for being irritable? Unfortunately, when tummies get upset we can be a literal pain in the butt. That’s why it’s important to understand what provokes us. I have taken it upon myself to be the voice of intestines everywhere in hopes that one day we can all live in digestive peace.
Colons are sensitive beings. Second only to the brain, the digestive tract contains the largest number of nerve cells in the entire body. It’s safe to say that I have a mind of my own. (Click here to learn more about my brain, aka the Enteric Nervous System.) There are multiple interacting factors that have an effect on us, and some of us are especially hypersensitive.
Things that make me go “Grrr”
#1. Communication Issues
I’m not totally blaming the “big brain” upstairs, but I’d say that one of the underlying problems is the way she processes the sensory information I send her. We don’t always have the best communication and that can be very frustrating for both of us.
#2. Bacterial Imbalance (Dysbiosis)
Happy intestines have a healthy balance of both good and bad bacteria. There is a constant battle going on down here between them. In the event that a colony takes over, a chronic imbalance occurs, known as dysbiosis. This is actually a very important insight into my psyche. Many of the symptoms of IBS (and a host of other ailments, mental and physical) are believed to stem from intestinal dysbiosis.
#3. Leaky Gut Syndrome
Now seems like a good time to address Leaky Gut Syndrome. A leaky gut is an unhappy gut and arguably more of a symptom than a diagnosis. The small intestine is expected to simultaneously function as a sponge AND a barrier, absorbing nutrients while keeping food, bacteria and other unsavory molecules from entering the bloodstream. Leaky guts struggle with this and are often found in patients with Crohn’s, Celiac Disease and IBS. While the cause isn’t always clear the effects can lead to many problems throughout your entire body. Including but not limited to: inflammatory bowel disease; food allergies; and chronic skin problems.
There you have it folks. I hope I was able to provide some insight from the inside. Next time you think your tummy is upset, maybe you’ll have a better understanding of why. For more information on IBS, treatment options, and when to see a doctor click here.
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