IBS and Gut Support Specialist
It’s common for digestive issues to begin while travelling abroad or after a case of food poisoning while eating out.
This can be a short spell of diarrhoea with cramping, nausea and fever that may be caused by a bacterial, viral or parasitic infection and is most commonly reported when travelling in:
- Southeast Asia
- Central and South America
Often the more uncomfortable symptoms subside but general IBS symptoms can remain as a single episode of travellers diarrhoea can increase the risk of IBS by approximately 5 fold.
Symptoms Associated with Travellers Diarrhoea/Parasites
There are several symptoms associated with a parasitic infection and diarrhoea when travelling abroad.
”A single episode of travellers’ diarrhoea can increase the risk of IBS by approximately 5-fold.
Following a parasitic infection or a case of travelers diarrhoea, the risk of IBS increases.
This may be due to:
- low-grade inflammation in the digestive tract
- an imbalance in the bacteria and/or yeast (dysbiosis)
- a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine (SIBO)
Gut Health Testing
Understanding the balance of the gut microbiome can be of particular help when dealing with long-term digestive issues. This can allow us to engage in a more targeted approach.
- Stool testing provides valuable information on the types of bacteria present as well as if parasites are contributing to the overall picture.
- Following conventional treatment, there can be imbalances or persistent low-grade inflammation in the digestive system. So even though the offending organism may have been removed, additional repair and rebalancing may be needed.
- Testing can help direct the most appropriate support. This will come in the form of dietary suggestions and targetted supplements to help rebalance, repopulate, and restore the gut.w