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FODMAP LIFE IBS TRIGGERSDo You Know the Trigger Factors of Your IBS?

By Caitlin Wheat

Irritable Bowel syndrome describes a collection of symptoms and the exact cause is unknown. Therefore, many IBS sufferers focus solely on symptom relief and never get to the bottom of what is really going on. Finding your triggers means you are empowered to treat them and stop it from occurring in the future.

Have a look at this list below and see if there are any that resonate with you:

  1. Celiac’s disease

It is important to rule this out straight away, as Celiac’s disease can lead to poor health outcomes and other complications if not treated properly. If this is not a risk factor you could still have IBS triggered by gluten intolerance. Symptoms of Celiac’s disease and gluten intolerance range from reflux to constipation and diarrhea.

  1. SIBO

Small intestinal bowel overgrowth commonly known as SIBO, is a common trigger for IBS symptoms such as lower abdominal bloating. So called ‘bad bacteria’ have overtaken the good bacteria and balancing needs to occur. This can occur for many reasons including consumption of fructans and other high FODMAP foods.

  1. Food intolerancesEliminating Foods From Diet

Very commonly food intolerances are the beginning of IBS and cause inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract which can then lead to leaky gut and many of the chronic symptoms of IBS like abdominal pain, bloating and alternating episodes of diarrhea and constipation. FODMAPs is my go to elimination diet to find out what is causing the intolerance. You can get a free low-FODMAPs shopping list here!

  1. Post-infectious IBS

An infection may have originally caused inflammation and damage to the gastrointestinal lining, which has never been repaired. The initial bout of sickness was replaced by symptoms such as recurrent episodes of diarrhea and abdominal pain.

  1. Stress

Stress can be both a risk factor and a trigger for IBS symptoms. There is more serotonin in the gut than there is in the brain, so our emotions can affect our digestive system immensely. Stress also activates the sympathetic nervous system or ‘fight or flight’, which renders the ‘rest, digest and repair’ or parasympathetic nervous system unable to do its job. Stress can cause symptoms such as reflux and indigestion, continual burping and bloating.

  1. Inefficient digestion

Due to our fast food culture, often our digestive systems are not ready to eat when we are. This can cause things like bloating and undigested food in the stool to occur. We don’t smell our food or often even feel hungry before we eat, both of which are very important to ensure sufficient stomach acid is produced and produced at the right time.

  1. Parasites

These tricky creatures can inhabit our gastrointestinal system and wreak havoc causing diarrhea, bloating and abdominal pain. It is important to get tested and eradicate them if they are there.

  1. Heavy metal toxicity

Having high levels of heavy metals can cause gastric irritation, bloating, diarrhea and many of the mental and emotional signs of IBS including depression, brain fog and lack of concentration. Doing a hair mineral analysis is the best way of knowing if this is a problem for you.

Working with a qualified practitioner can help you to navigate through these causes and work out what is really going on. Comment and let me know if you have discovered any other causes not mentioned.

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