IBS & Stress

Common Causes  and Solutions

If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), it’s critical to keep an eye on your stress. That’s because stress makes IBS, an already difficult disorder, even more challenging.

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Stress can trigger  a host of unpleasant gut symptoms. Managing your stress can help  minimize your IBS symptoms.

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1. Work 2. Food 3. Isolation 4. Relationship 5. Travel

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Top 5 Causes of Stress

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Difficult coworkers, long commute times, and unreasonably high expectations can all contribute  to a more stressful workplace.

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WORK

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For those who have IBS, food can be a constant source of stress.  That’s because so many foods can exacerbate IBS symptoms.

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FOOD

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With food being so central to our culture, it’s easy to feel like an outsider when you have IBS.

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FOOD

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When we feel that we don’t belong, our bodies produce cortisol and adrenaline, which take  a toll on our health and happiness.

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SOCIAL ISOLATION

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With IBS, you’re struggling not only with symptomatic stress related to digestive upsets, but with emotional stress related to feelings of isolation.

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SOCIAL ISOLATION

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RELATIONSHIPS

In romantic contexts, it’s natural to feel worried about your IBS.  Bloating and gassiness are not your friends when trying to be intimate.

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TRAVEL

Traveling is a major source of stress for those with IBS.  The unpredictable nature of your IBS symptoms can make traveling unpleasant.

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FALSE GOOD HABITS Have you ever, in a moment of stress, indulged in a pint of ice cream. Or poured yourself one too many glasses of wine?”

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