Avoid These 6 Irritable Bowel Triggers

Irritable Bowel Triggers

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Avoid These 6 Irritable Bowel Triggers.


If you’re like millions of other people out there, you probably know all about the woes of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This condition doesn’t seem related to inflammatory processes in the bowel. Instead, it occurs when the vagus nerve leading from the brain becomes overactive, sending the bowel into spasms. This creates bloating, cramps, constipation, and diarrhea. 

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IBS, therefore, has some pretty unusual triggers. In simplistic terms, anything that could potentially stress your bowel tissue could set it off. 


Stress Problems


If you’re the sort of person who is prone to stress and worry, then you are much more likely to experience the symptoms of IBS. Common IBS triggers include things like problems at work (such as an unpleasant boss) and a sense that things are generally out of your control. You may also experience a heightened sense of IBS if you have money problems or you are having issues with your family life at home. 

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How can you better manage stress? 


Sometimes, all you need is a change in perspective. Viewing traditional life stressors as inevitable can help you better manage the process. You can view them as less serious than they are. A gastro doctor may also recommend eating a balanced diet that helps to alleviate your symptoms. You may be able to reduce stress and inflammation levels. 


Avoid Certain Drugs.


Some drugs can lead to the development of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and IBS-like symptoms. Antibiotics, for instance, can play havoc with your gut flora, leading to all kinds of complaints. Antidepressants, like pregabalin and venlafaxine, can also lead to episodes of cramping and constipation due to the way that they interact with the nervous system in the bowel. 



Eating Too Quickly


Some people with IBS find that eating too quickly can exacerbate their symptoms. Wolfing down a meal leads to a large amount of stress for the bowel which then begins to spasm in response. You can prevent this by eating more slowly or eating your meals in a way that prevents overconsumption. 


Failing To Do Enough Exercise


We need to get daily exercise to keep our bodies in good condition. Unfortunately, many of us do not get the exercise that we need to keep our gastrointestinal t0racts moving which can lead to problems. If you can, try to get around 30 minutes of exercise per day. Walking is usually sufficient. 


Eating The Wrong Foods


Many people develop IBS in response to insufficient fiber intake. The gut finds it hard to push food down the alimentary canal because stools don’t have enough bulk. You can quickly change this by eating a combination of soluble and insoluble fiber from grains and vegetables. 


Avoid Skins


Lastly, you may want to consider avoiding the skins of certain vegetables as these tend to be common IBS triggers. Apple skins, for instance, are notorious for causing symptom flare-ups. 


If you have the time, peel your apples and other fruits and veggies first before consuming them. Only eat a small amount of the skin in each of your meals. Better yet, avoid the skins completely.


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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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22 thoughts on “Avoid These 6 Irritable Bowel Triggers”

    1. Bryan, you pay attention to how you feel and what affects you. You are a busy guy and it is easy to feel rushed but you also know that you need to slow down.

  1. This is going to help so many people. It’s such a hard thing to live with, and so many things can set it off. I have a friend who has it, and he has a really hard time with it if he isn’t careful.

    1. Thank you for that feedback. There are many things that can come into play when dealing with IBS. The fact is that when we mix stress in any number of things can set it off.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.