A Functioning Digestive System and IBS

A Functioning Digestive System and IBS

Your Journey into Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.

As its name indicates, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a syndrome. That is, IBS is a combination of signs and symptoms, but not a disease. IBS is classified as a functional disorder. A functional disorder refers to a condition where the primary abnormality is an altered physiological function (the way the body works), rather than an identifiable inflammatory, infectious, structural, or biochemical cause.

Research also indicates that IBS is a multi-faceted disorder. For example, the symptoms of IBS result from what seems to be a disturbance or imbalance in the interaction between the intestines, the brain, sensory function, and the autonomic nervous system that alters regulation of bowel motility (motor function).

The articles on this site are provided to help you to better understand Irritable Bowel Syndrome and your options for relief of these symptoms.

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A Functioning Digestive System and IBS

Your digestive system, in relation to IBS, is usually set off because of the symptoms. Knowing how your digestive system works, as well as determining the different characteristics related to your digestive system and IBS will allow you to know what a functioning digestive system means.

The digestive system is mainly used to mix food and breakdown chemicals so that they can be used as nutrients. Food will move through your digestive system through muscles that help the food to move. As they move throughout your system, the muscles will mix the contents in to areas of the different organs. This includes movements through the esophagus, stomach and intestine.

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From here, the digestive system will have several functions that will need to occur for the proper transportation of different types of foods. The first part of this is production of digestive juices. These are usually produced in each area of the system, each allowing the food to be properly broken down and moved through the system. The next part that the digestive system will be in charge of is making sure that nutrients are properly divided, dissolved or absorbed. This usually takes place in the upper intestine.

Proteins are another break-down that occurs in the digestive system. These will need to be digested by enzymes then can be used to produce and help with tissues. These are then supposed to move into the blood and provide different sources throughout the system. If you have IBS, this may be part of the problem that is causing your digestive system to react. If you don’t have enough enzymes to break down the proteins, then it will cause them to move into the wrong area, which then tenses the muscles. This, however, may not be the only source for problems.

Another major breakdown that the digestive system includes is a breakdown of carbohydrates. The digestive system will then transport or store these in different areas. Sugars and starches are usually part of this process. When one has IBS, this is usually the part of the digestive system that is failing. This is why many will state that cutting down on sugars and starches will help your body in not reacting.

Your digestive system, when functioning properly, will function with two different factors. The first is through hormones. These will all cause reactions from the digestive system, helping for the right reactions to be made through the stomach and intestine area. These can also be used to regulate appetite. Nerves are also part of the functioning with the digestive system. These nerves will release chemicals that will push food through the system and into the right areas.

The sensitivity of your digestive system may be what is causing IBS. Knowing the different functions and areas of the digestive system, as well as knowing what the problems may be in relation to this, can help you determine why you are getting IBS and what is happening with your digestive system. Knowing how your body should be working is one way to help find out how to get back to normal digestive functions.

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