Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Triggers and Prevention

Keep it handy for reference. It may help you identify personal triggers in an IBS symptom journal . Triggers and symptoms may vary depending on the type of IBS . And when you’re having a bad day, remember to persist with healthy management of your condition. Recommended Related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome Food and drinks with dairy, especially in people with lactose intolerance Foods with wheat — Some people may be allergic or have a negative reaction to gluten Prevention Strategies: Eat a moderate amount of soluble fiber. It adds bulk to the colon and can help prevent spasms. Good sources are whole wheat breads, oats, barley, brown rice, pasta, the flesh of fruit (as opposed to the skin), and dried fruits. Don’t consume foods with extreme temperatures, such as ice-cold water and steaming hot soup, in the same meal. Stay away from broccoli, onions, and cabbage. They can cause gas, which can make diarrhea sufferers feel worse. Eat smaller portions. Drink six to eight glasses of plain water a day, but drink the water an hour before or after meals, not with meals.

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Posted by Georgeann Fries | Last updated: Mar 25, 2013 Fragile Emotion The Link between Anxiety and IBS Does anxiety beget IBS? Does IBS beget anxiety? This is a classic, “What comes first, the chicken or the egg” dilemma. Can the mystery be solved? Anxiety is often linked with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Anxiety, in fact, can create, contribute to and exacerbate the symptoms of IBS. Concurrently, the symptoms of IBS have a strong impact on mood and can create stress and feelings of anxiety. As the cycle continues, both patient and physician must dissect this vicious cycle in order to make a valid diagnosis. Most probably anxiety and IBS fuel each other. Anxiety Anxiety can be defined as a psychological and physiological reaction to a stressor which expresses itself in fear, worry, uneasiness and/or dread. Medical researchers at The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) have learned that there exist somatic, emotional cognitive, and behavioral components to the root cause of anxiety. It is important to note that anxiety, itself, is a normal reaction to a given stressor. It is when anxiety becomes excessive, that physicians classify this reaction as an anxiety disorder . IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) In her book, The First Year: IBS , Irritable Bowel Syndrome is considered to be a functional disorder of the lower intestine characterized by chronic abdominal pain, bloating, abnormal extension, and abnormal bowel movements which alter bowel habits. IBS is a disorder of elimination. Once no known disease is found, patients are diagnosed with IBS because symptoms have no detectable organic cause.


Get to the “Gut” of a Vicious Cycle: Irritable Bowel and Anxiety

Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 04:26 PM By Peter Hibberd, M.D. Question: I have irritable bowel syndrome and dont know what to eat to make the symptoms go away. Ive been told I shouldnt eat salad. What should I eat? Dr. Hibberds answer: Irritable bowel symptoms usually respond well to a high-fiber diet. You can also take one teaspoon of Metamucil, or another fiber supplement, three times a day with an as-needed anti-spasm medication, such as Bentyl, after meals and at bedtime. All patients with IBS must have a colonoscopy to be sure there are no structural problems, such as polyps, or masses such as cancer, in the bowel. 2013 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved. More ways to share…

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