When your gut health is suffering it impedes every aspect of not only digestion but your health a whole. So if you suffer from one digestive ailment you’re likely to have a few coexisting conditions with it. Acid Reflux and IBS are two such conditions that tend to present together quite often, leaving sufferers dealing with discomfort in both the upper and lower abdomen as well as the throat and esophagus…something that can be incredibly difficult to deal with until you get a handle on it. But what exactly is the link between these painful digestive complaints? 

Let’s Start With IBS

IBS stands for “Irritable Bowel Syndrome” which is one of the most common digestive conditions, affecting 1 in 10 people globally. If you suffer from IBS you’ll be familiar with the symptoms which include abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, bowel issues, and gas. In people without IBS, the bowel muscles move food through the intestinal tract without issue, however, IBS can cause these muscles to contract irregularly or with more force which pushes food through the digestive system either too fast or too slow, resulting in either diarrhea or constipation.

So What’s Acid Reflux?

If you’re reading this you’re likely already very familiar with acid reflux, but you may not have the full picture of why or how it occurs. Chronic acid reflux is known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux) which can cause significant pain and tissue damage over time. Acid reflux happens as a result of stomach acid traveling back up into the esophagus when the LES (lower esophageal sphincter muscle) stops closing properly. This usually happens because the levels of acid in the stomach are too low to trigger it to close, however, this process is commonly misunderstood as a case of having too much acid rather than too little, which results in incorrect PPI treatment which further exacerbates the situation. Key signs of acid reflux and heartburn, throat pain, and a sour taste in the mouth are accompanied by a liquid rising up the throat.

The Connection

Although the definitive connections between IBS and GERD are not well understood, the link is evident in dual presentations which has led to more research in the area. Experts believe that incoordination of the muscles lining the intestines, stomach, and esophagus may contribute to symptoms of both conditions. And it has also been observed that people with 

Those suffering from IBS and GERD also tend to have more sleep disturbances and abdominal pain than those who have just one of these conditions. This makes a lot of sense subpar sleep has been proven to disrupt the natural circadian rhythm and also contribute to changes in the gut microbiome.

Further suggestions for the link between both include:

  • Increased Pain Sensitivity: Both GERD and IBS occur when the nerves in the gut become over-sensitized which causes the changes in intestinal muscle contractions we mentioned earlier alongside esophageal contractions.
  • Symptom Confusion/Overlap: People suffering from each condition may have overlapping symptoms that result in being diagnosed incorrectly. For example, IBS often presents indigestion-like symptoms but these go unnoticed as they happen alongside that bloating that the person identifies with their IBS, which they may actually be suffering from acid reflux instead or alongside their IBS.
  • Generalized Nature of GERD Definition: There can be huge variability in the severity of GERD symptoms including common IBS symptoms which leads people to identify with both conditions when they may only suffer from one.

You Can Learn To Overcome & Manage Both Conditions!

We help clients to do this every day with the Heartburn Relief Kit! IBS, on the other hand, is usually managed rather than completely resolved, but we can help you with this by adding digestive enzymes to your diet to speed up digestion with the Digestive Aid and getting rid of any extra waste in your gut with the Detox Cleanse.

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