IBS - What Is It & How to Manage It

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very common disorder that affects digestion, especially by interfering with normal functions of the large intestine. IBS is not a specific disease but more so a symptom cluster resulting from diverse pathologies. This means that each person with IBS can struggle with different symptoms and have their own personal triggers.

What are symptoms of an IBS flare up? IBS symptoms can include:

  • Bloating and gas
  • Cramping and abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea or constipation, or both
  • Changes in poop color and appearance, including having loose stools or mucus in stools

There are many different causes of IBS, ranging from food intolerances to stress. Experts believe that factors that contribute to the development of IBS include: alterations in the gut microbiome aka leaky gut syndrome, impaired gut-immune function, gut-brain interactions and psychological disturbances. Some common underlying causes and triggers of IBS can include:

  • Eating a highly-processed, usually low fiber diet
  • Food allergies or intolerances/sensitives
  • Stress
  • Inflammation and free radical damage/oxidative stress that can damage the intestines
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Leaky gut

Here are a few foods to avoid while managing IBS

  • Spicy Foods
  • Dairy
  • Gluten
  • Refined Sugars

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