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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Brianna Shaw, MSP
  • on Apr 29, 2019 |

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or (IBS), is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. It is important to see a doctor if you are experiencing persistent change in bowel habits or other signs or symptoms of IBS. It could indicate a more serious condition, such as colon cancer. 


  • Abdominal pain, bloating, and cramping that is relieved or partially relieved by having a bowel movement
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Mucus in stool
  • Excess gas

See a doctor if you experience weight loss, iron deficiency, unexplained vomiting, difficulty swallowing, diarrhea at night, rectal bleeding, or persistent pain that isn't relieved after passing gas or having a bowel movement.


The exact cause of IBS is not known but there are factors and triggers that are associated.

  • Unusually strong muscle contractions in the intestine
  • Changes in bacteria in the gut
  • Severe infections
  • Abnormalities in the nervous system
  • Inflammation in the intestines
  • Food allergies/intolerances
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress


Treatments focus on relieving symptoms

  • Avoid foods that trigger your symptoms
  • Eat foods high in fiber
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eliminate foods that are known to cause gas
  • Medications such as laxatives, fiber supplements, and pain medication.

Getting tested for food allergies/intolerances can be a great way to help you find out which foods you should be eating and the ones you should steer clear from. Knowing what foods that can trigger your IBS will help curve your diet to your body’s specific needs and may also lessen the effects of the symptoms that are associated with IBS.