FMS/IBS or any other related condition can be linked to a number of different causes. While experts still don’t know exactly what causes it, there is now plenty of research and data that has been collected over the past several decades which boils down the possible causes of this condition to a short list of some of the major ones which are compiled below:
- Vitamin Deficiencies
- Antibiotic use
- Candida overgrowth
- Gluten intolerance
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowh (SIBO)
- Leaky Gut
- Imbalanced Thyroid
- Imbalanced Adrenals
- Mercury Toxicity
- Glutathione Deficiency
- Liver Stress
Did you notice a theme from this list? That a large portion of the causes listed above are almost directly linked to the gut? And, as the latest research into the gut microbiome has been revealing, there is most certainly a link. The question is, how closely linked?
The most compelling connection that we have seen in all of our years studying FMS/IBS and CFS exists with the gut/brain connection. In fact, did you know that most of our immune system and feel good chemical production is located in the lining of the gut and that there are almost as many neurological synapses firing in the gut as are happening in the brain at any given time.
And perhaps most compelling part of this connection is the fact that there are 2x’s more microbial cells that are living in and on our bodies than there are human cells. The human body is made up of 10 trillion human cells and there are approximately 100 trillion bacterial cells at any given time living in and on us.
Many sufferers report taking antibiotics before first noticing symptoms appear. There have been many reports of the use antibiotics connected with flare-up symptoms. We believe it has to do with antibiotics killing the gut bacteria, both friendly and unfriendly. The truth is, antibiotics just don’t know when to stop killing. They take a ‘carpet bombing’ approach and wipe out any and all bacteria in its way.
The friendly bacteria gets wiped out, rendering the gut microbiome sterile, and now it becomes susceptible to pathogenic species colonizing and overpopulating with nothing to police the gut.
These are just a few of the known causes, however, there are many more, less popular causes that we explore here.