Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Nearly everyone I know who feels close enough to me to complain about feeling yucky, has some sort of digestive issue. Our gastrointestinal tract starts at our mouth and ends, well, you know… For all of you who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or if you know someone who does), this guest article by Kelly Everson is for you! At times the answers to certain skin problems are found in strange places, such as the gut. Hardly can you think that the blemishes on your skin are as a result of issues with your digestive system. Studies dating back a few decades found a strong connection between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and skin problems. In reference to researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, people who experience allergic symptoms of the skin are at an increased risk of developing irritable bowel syndrome.

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Symptoms of IBS can vary widely between patients and may resemble those of other illnesses. Common symptoms include:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Mucus in the stool
  • Cramping or abdominal pain

Severe symptoms include:

  • Rectal bleeding or blood-stained stool
  • Nightly severe abdominal pain
  • Weight loss

Skin Problems Caused By IBS

According to Kerri Lee Ross, a holistic wellness counselor and founder of Living Beauty, improper digestion resulting from IBS can cause a number of skin problems, including red spots, rosacea, rashes, eczema, wrinkles, acne and dull complexion. These problems arise when undigested food stays in your gut backed up with toxins from rotting foods that hinders absorption of nutrients and waste elimination. These intestinal problems start to appear on your skin and may manifest in form of rashes, blotchy areas or acne.

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