Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Possible Triggers
What are the possible triggers and causes of irritable bowel syndrome?
It is estimated that as much as twenty percent of the population experiences the cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea that characterize irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Despite its prevalence, and the wealth of literature on IBS, the exact cause of IBS is not precisely known.
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However, there are a number of factors that are thought to contribute to the development of irritable bowel syndrome, and it may be useful for individuals who suffer from it to become aware of the things that may be triggering their particular issues.
Some potential causes of irritable bowel syndrome are psychological in nature. Often, 'increased awareness of bodily function' is cited as a partial cause of IBS. Essentially, this expression references the fact that people with IBS are often very sensitive to the occurrences of digestion. Because this is a psychological feature of the syndrome, it is likely that a number of psychological elements contribute to its development.
Thus, whilst people with IBS may not have express control over their sensitivity to their physiological symptoms, it is possible to ease these symptoms through greater awareness of the psychological states that lead to this sensitivity. Stress, anxiety, anger, or other extreme emotions are known to elicit psychological changes as well as certain changes in the intestines.
There are a number of different theories on the possible causes of irritable bowel syndrome on a physical level. Although we don't know for sure, IBS is thought to result from disturbances in communication between the brain and GI tract as well as abnormal GI movements.
Additionally, there are a number of foods that may make IBS worse in those who suffer from it, and it may be best for these individuals to avoid fatty foods, dairy products, chocolate, alcohol, caffeinated drinks, and carbonated drinks. It may be helpful to write down foods you've consumed and what reactions occur in order to distinguish which foods are problematic for you in particular. This way, your unique dietary causes of irritable bowel syndrome can be identified.
Fiber, the remedy for many gastrointestinal issues, is likely to be helpful to individuals with IBS in addition to the many other issues it alleviates. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are generally high in fiber. Some foods to try include: apples, peaches, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, peas, kidney beans, lima beans, whole-grain bread, and whole-grain cereal. Fiber supplements are also a great option.
Although we do not yet know the precise causes of irritable bowel syndrome, there are a number of effective treatments available. It is important for individuals who suspect they may be suffering from IBS to contact a healthcare professional to discuss and evaluate their symptoms.
Most likely, the particular factors that lead to irritable bowel syndrome differ amongst individuals, so for people with IBS, it is likely to be most helpful to become aware of what triggers their symptoms and to develop a plan for their avoidance.
Having read about the possible causes of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, you may want to find out more about this condition by reading the other related IBS pages and articles.
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