June 05, 2022
Ever wonder why so many people have gastrointestinal issues? Can you imagine what a billion dollar market it is out there to prescribe drugs to suppress the very symptoms that your body provides you with in an attempt to tell you something is not right with the way you process your food? How can suppressing those important messenger symptoms be anything but a bad thing?
Most of you are not likely familiar with Disaccharide Intolerance. Let me tell you how issues with these simple sugars can wreak havoc and be addressed in one newsletter.
Once thought to be a rare condition that is always caught in early childhood, we now understand that Disaccharide Enzyme Deficiency impacts a large percentage of the adult population, often accounting for the chronic digestive symptoms incorrectly labeled Irritable Bowel Syndrome for decades. Those who have a Disaccharide Enzyme Deficiency, are often deficient in the enzyme Sucrase-Isomaltase. When there is a reduction in the function of this enzyme complex, the body is unable to correctly digest the disaccharides sucrose and isomaltose/maltose, which are found in fruits and vegetables, table sugar and starches. An affected person will typically experience distention and/or bloating, excess gas production as flatus and/or belching, diarrhea and/or constipation as well as either easy satiety or persistent hunger after eating.
Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency can start at any time in life. The afflicted pediatric population often suffers from Failure to Thrive due to malabsorption and malnutrition as well as severe irritability.
A "Disaccharide,” is two sugars linked together by a bond. Once inside the body, the disaccharide sucrose must be split into two monosaccharides, glucose and fructose and isomaltose must be split into two glucose molecules, in order to be absorbed from the small intestine. When “Sucrase-Isomaltase” enzyme activity is not correctly expressed on the surface of the small intestine cells, these inadequately digested sugars are passed into the colon where they are fermented by the intestinal bacteria. When bacteria digest inadequately digested sugar it is a fermentation process which produces gas, bloating and discomfort. Yes...your belly has become a brewery!!!
Although slowly being recognized by the conventional medical community as a common explanation for the typical symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), there is no traditional medical treatment and I believe that it can lead to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Colitis) if not recognized and treated as soon as possible in adults and children. This is not Celiac Disease and is MUCH MORE COMMON.
I have treated Disaccharide Intolerance naturally for years, because it is SO common.
I believe the easiest way to start this journey is treating the issue naturally. If it is well managed with my IBS Solution Program below, we can dive deeper for more information regarding your gut health. But. let's start with a solution that also can be considered a test over time as symptoms improve.
For total transparency, I have suffered from IBS since infancy and this is the best program for many, including me!
the program is well described on the website
The IBS Solution
Sibb-Zymes 2 capsules and Serenaid 2 capsules with ALL meals- large or small
Thera-Biotic Complete Probiotic- 1 before bed
As always, to your health and wellness
Ariane Cometa MD
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