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    IBS Triggers

    IBS Triggers

    IBS and Hormones

    IBS affects around twice as many women as men UK2. This could be because hormone levels change during a menstrual cycle, which has been shown to affect the movement of food through the gut. This could explain why IBS symptoms can become more severe at different times of the month.1

    You may want a little extra hand during that time to ease the gas and bloating associated symptoms of IBS. Senocalm is here to help. Always read the instructions.

    IBS and Diet

    Often what you eat can cause your IBS to flare up. Understanding what these foods are and then trying to avoid them is often a good starting point in trying to manage your IBS. These vary from person to person, so we’ve listed the common ones below.

    Diet Triggers for IBS with constipation symptoms

    Some foods can make IBS-related constipation worse, including:

    • Drinks that contain caffeine – such as tea, coffee or cola
    • Fizzy drinks
    • Alcohol
    • Breads and cereals made with refined (not whole) grains
    • Processed foods such as crisps and cookies
    • High-protein diets
    • Dairy products, especially cheese

    Diet Triggers for IBS with Diarrhea

    Foods that can make IBS-related diarrhea worse for some people include:

    • Carbonated drinks
    • Too much fiber, especially the insoluble kind you get in the skin of fruits and vegetables
    • Food and drinks with chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, fructose, or sorbitol
    • Large meals
    • Fried and fatty foods
    • Dairy products, especially in people who can’t digest the milk sugar lactose, called lactose intolerance

    IBS and Your Lifestyle

    Do anxiety and stress play a part in IBS?

    Our lifestyles can impact on every part of our health, so it’s no surprise that it can affect IBS. Heavy work patterns, food on the run, poor sleep can all contribute to stress and anxiety which has been linked to IBS.

    Emotional states such as stress and anxiety can trigger chemical changes that interfere with the normal workings of the digestive system.

    This doesn’t just happen in people with a history of IBS. Many people who have never suffered with IBS before can have a sudden change in bowel habits when faced with a stressful situation, such as an important exam or job interview.

    IBS Stress triggers

    Many people report stress as a common trigger for IBS.

    If you often feel conflicted between your head and gut feelings, every time you give in to one, the other suffers… then you’re not alone. We can help you break this IBS-stress cycle by giving you coping mechanisms to help with stress when you’re at home, work or on the go.  Check out Emma’s top ‘Gutfulness’ tips, to help prevent IBS stopping you in your tracks.

    Try Senocalm to help relieve the bloating and gas symptoms of IBS, containing Simethicone which works to allow the body to process the gas in a natural way. Always read the instructions.

    Your Daily gut feel diary

    IBS Triggers vary from person to person so we suggest a useful way of identifying your own triggers is to keep a food, mood and poo diary like this.

    Time

    Food & drink

    Mood

    Poo

    Breakfast

     

     

     

    Snack

     

     

     

    Lunch

     

     

     

    Snack

     

     

     

    Dinner

     

     

     

    Snack

     

     

     

     

     

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    Sources

    Hormone Triggers

    1. https://www.webmd.com/ibs/guide/hormones-ibs#1
    2. https://www.neneccg.nhs.uk/news/2015/ibs-thought-to-affect-one-in-five-people-in-uk/

    Diet Triggers

    1. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs/causes/
    2. https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/causes/
    3. Camilleri M, Lasch K, Zhou W. Irritable bowel syndrome: methods, mechanisms, and pathophysiology. The confluence of increased permeability, inflammation, and pain in irritable bowel syndrome. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2012;303:G775-G785. Houghton LA et al. The menstrual cycle affects rectal sensitivity in patients with irritable bowel syndrome but not healthy volunteers. Gut 2002; 50:471-474 Available http://gut.bmj.com/content/50/4/471