Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist

Integrative Medica

Naturopathic Doctors & Functional and Holistic Medicine located in SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be debilitating and overwhelming as you deal with abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and other troubling symptoms. Fortunately, naturopathic physician Jake Schmutz, NMD, has solutions at Integrative Medica in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Schmutz has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of IBS and presents an array of treatment options to give you relief. Protect and improve your digestive system with the help of a compassionate naturopathic doctor. Visit Integrative Medica and click or call today.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic medical condition that affects your large intestine. IBS occurs more commonly in women, who make up around 60%-65% of diagnoses. This might be because of the role hormones play with this condition.

IBS can affect both men and women, and it typically develops at an early age, with most cases starting well before age 50.

What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?

The severity of irritable bowel syndrome varies. Some people might have mild pain and symptoms, while others experience debilitating stomach pain and problematic symptoms that negatively affect their quality of life.

If you have IBS, you might experience:

Abdominal pain and cramping Mucus in the stool Bloating Excess gas Diarrhea Constipation

The symptoms of IBS can come and go in flares. If the symptoms are disrupting your daily life and causing you discomfort, you should visit Dr. Schmutz at Integrative Medica for an evaluation and treatment.

What causes irritable bowel syndrome?

The cause of IBS isn’t always definitive. Experts believe the condition might be tied to:

  • Strong or weak contractions in your intestine
  • Gut dysbiosis
  • Hypochlorhydria
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Food sensitivities or allergies
  • Increased intestinal permeability
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Bacterial changes in your intestines

IBS might be triggered by certain hormones or stress.

With so many contributing factors, it’s best to visit a skillful physician like Dr. Schmutz, who can pinpoint what might be causing or worsening your IBS and the best ways to treat it.

How is irritable bowel syndrome treated?

After a thorough evaluation and lab work, Dr. Schmutz might suggest several treatments for your irritable bowel syndrome, such as:

  • Botanical medicine
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Replenishing stomach acid when needed Healthy lifestyle changes, such as stress and sleep management and regular exercise
  • Medical nutrition
  • IV nutrient therapy
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy Special diets, such as the FODMAP diet

Dr. Schmutz designs an individualized treatment plan to suit your unique health, needs, and preferences. Dr. Schmutz evaluates your lifestyle and considers numerous factors that might be negatively affecting your health, such as nutrient deficiencies, low stomach acid, and gut dysbiosis.

As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Schmutz believes that treating the digestive system is a key part of obtaining optimal health.

Enhance and protect the health of your digestive system and visit Integrative Medica. Schedule over the phone or online today.