7 sneaky things that trigger IBS symptoms
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Anxiety is one of the most significant IBS triggers
According to gastroenterologist Dr Serge Mayrand, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is caused by “a defect in the neuromodulation of the gut”. In other words, there’s a communications breakdown in the chemical and electrical signals travelling between your brain and digestive system. Although anxiety itself isn’t to blame for that defect, stress certainly doesn’t make life easier for those living with the condition.
Not only can anxiety trigger IBS symptoms, for some unfortunate sufferers, IBS can in turn trigger anxiety. People who experience bowel control anxiety (BCA) fear that their IBS will cause public incontinence. This heightens anxiety, which aggravates IBS symptoms in a vicious cycle that is difficult to break.
The fix: If your anxiety is mild, herbal remedies like lavender, and supplements like omega-3 or magnesium, may help relieve mild anxiety. For more severe cases, cognitive behavioural therapy has been shown to help alleviate symptoms of IBS.