Ask Sofia: Do I have IBS?

When it comes to ongoing digestive issues, discomfort, gas or constipation, patients sometimes wonder if their symptoms add up to a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. In a nutshell, IBS affects the large intestine, with symptoms that can include cramping, bloating, abdominal pain, gas, and both diarrhea and constipation.

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Ask Sofia: Why Is It Important to Have a Healthy Gut?

That “gut” feeling is more than just intuition – the health of your body often starts and ends there.

“Your gut health influences a lot more than just digestion, it affects your entire body. Believe it or not, a healthy gut contains a diverse and balanced ecosystem of more than 100 trillion microorganisms where bacterial cells outnumber human cells 10 to 1,” said Allie Nowak, physician assistant at Clinic Sofia who is currently completing a program in functional medicine.

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We use Fairview Southdale Hospital and Maple Grove Hospital for labor, delivery and surgical procedures.


  • Clinic Sofia OBGYN, PA
  • 6545 France Ave South, Ste 490, Edina, MN 55435
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  • Clinic Sofia OBGYN, PA
  • 15679 Grove Circle North, Maple Grove, MN 55369
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