What Is IBS?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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What is IBS? IBS stands for irritable bowel syndrome, and it is a group of intestinal symptoms that occur together such as spastic colon, irritable colon, mucous, colitis, spastic colitis, etc. 

Some of the symptoms of IBS is the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating and gas
  • Cramping

The exact cause of IBS is somewhat unknown but some of the most reasonable causes:

  • are an extremely sensitive colon or immune system.  
  • Or a high amount of bacterial infection in the gastrointestinal tract or bacterial imbalance in the digestive tract.

There was a 2021 study that showed that stress and anxiety can trigger IBS systems for people.

What is IBS? iStock- photo credit: Vadym Pastukh

Some of the IBS risk factors are:

  • Foodborne illness or food poisoning
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Being exposed to too many antibiotics
  • Somatic symptom disorder

One of the best ways to diagnose if you have IBS is through a blood test or colonoscopy test. Some foods that could be a possible trigger for IBS are some carbohydrates, beans, certain dairy products, onions, fruits,

Some of the lifestyle changes you can incorporate to treat IBS is:

  • Engage in regular physical activity while working out.
  • Take fiber supplements.
  • Keep stress at a minimum.
  • Limit caffeinated beverages.
  • Quitting smoking

You should speak to your doctor if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Decreased appetite
  • Pain from passing gas.
  • Rectal bleeding

Some of the drugs that is used to treat IBS is anti-constipation drugs, antibiotics, medications to manage muscle spasms, etc. The three symptoms that are associated with IBS are constipation, diarrhea, bloating and abdominal cramping, etc.

The Bottom Line is IBS is a common health issue among a lot of people in general. And some of the symptoms are cramping, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, etc. IBS can easily be treated by incorporating a healthy lifestyle factor such as exercise, taking fiber supplements, staying away from smoking, and taking probiotic supplements.

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