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The question is, are IBS and Hashimoto’s related? The answer is yes. Irritable bowel syndrome, that is when you have intermittent constipation and diarrhea. You can have where it is more IBS-C, which is IBS, more leaning towards constipation, or IBS-D, which is meaning it’s more leaning towards diarrhea, but usually some combination of both. Look, and the way that happens is, it will seem obvious when I say this, but the way that happens is, is your gut breaks down. And what that means is, is that, somewhere along the line, you start losing your ability to digest your food properly. And then, that creates a bad scenario in your small intestines, because you’re not digesting your proteins, or you’re not digesting your fats, or you’re not digesting your starches. So, you start getting all this undigested food in your intestines, which isn’t real happy about that.
And then, just a bunch of things can start happening. The food can sit there. It can ferment. If you don’t have enough hydrochloric acid in your stomach, because you’re not digesting your proteins, so you can’t have enough hydrochloric acid, you’re not sterilizing your food properly. So, you may be getting H. pylori, or you may be getting infections in there, and so on and so forth.
What does it have to do a Hashimoto’s? And that mechanism is much more even complex and involved in that, but that’s the basic start of how you end up getting irritable bowel syndrome. The number one cause of that is chronic stress. And the reason that chronic stress causes that it’s because… This goes back to survival mode and this goes back to fight flight responses. When you go into full bore fight flight, somebody’s just about to come after you and is getting ready to do a number on you, and you have to decide whether you’re going to fight or you’re going to flee, your brain literally shuts down your intestines and your urinary bladder. Because, you don’t need to be peeing or pooping while you’re, or eating, while you’re trying to get away from the bear, okay?
All your resources need to be going elsewhere. They need to be going to your muscles. They need to be going your brain. You need to think better. You need to be stronger. You need to be quicker. You need to have more oxygen going to your lungs. And all of that happens while your gut’s being shut down.
On a lower level than that, if you are just stressed, it doesn’t shut down your gut, but it semi-paralyzes it. It slows down the ability of it to move through. It causes your stomach to not make that hydrochloric acid that you need to sterilize your food, to digest your proteins. It’s slows your gallbladder down. Number one cause for gallbladder’s coming out, stress. Pancreas will slow down, which can screw up your blood sugar. And all these things from stress and more. Most of you are probably aware of how devastating stress is.
Why am I talking about stress when you asked me about Hashimoto’s? Because, the number two cause of irritable bowel syndrome is thyroid disease. And the number one cause of thyroid disease is Hashimoto’s, even the Mayo clinic now concedes or says in their authoritary mode that 85% to 95% of all autoimmune conditions are Hashimoto’s. And Hashimoto’s is known as Hashimoto’s autoimmune hypothyroiditis. Okay, hypothyroid is the key.
The stress response paralyzes it, the hypothyroid aspect of Hashimoto’s slows everything down, slows everything down. So, it slows down the ability of your parietal cells to make hydrochloric acid. It slows down your gallbladder. Because, it slows everything down. It slows down your pancreas. So now, you’re not digesting your proteins, you’re not digesting your fats, you’re not digesting your starches. You’re not sterilizing it. You’re not putting out antiinflammatory enzymes that come out of your gallbladder and your pancreas. The next thing you know, bad things start to happen in your bowels. And then, this entire biochemistry starts to fulminate. Maybe you end up with small bacterial overgrowth, maybe you don’t. Maybe you end up with infections in there, because you’re not sterilizing your food. And if you’re not sterilizing your food, this is a way you can get fungal infections, and yeast infections, and H. pylori, and even sebum, those types of things.
And then, depending on which of those things are present and are active in your particular situation is going to depend on I got constipation or I’m getting or getting diarrhea, or both, or both. I get constipation, then I get all bound up, and then I go, but then I got diarrhea for four days, and so on and so forth. So, it just all depends on the chemistry that’s occurring based on that particular flow of how your particular intestines is slowing down and which of those particular elements are involved in your specific case. So yeah, bowel problems are like, if you have hypothyroidism or you have Hashimoto’s, you’re going to have bowel problems, and it just depends on all the other things that we just talked about.