IBS Triggers

      IBS Triggers

      IBS and Hormones

      IBS affects around twice as many women as men UK1. This could be because hormone levels change during a menstrual cycle, which has been shown to affect the movement of food through the gut. This could explain why IBS symptoms can become more severe at different times of the month.2

      You may want a little extra hand during that time to ease the gas and bloating associated symptoms of IBS. Senocalm is here to help for medically confirmed IBS. Always read the instructions.

      IBS and Diet

      Often what you eat can cause your IBS to flare up3. Understanding what these foods are and then trying to avoid them is often a good starting point in trying to manage your IBS. These vary from person to person, so we’ve listed the common ones below.

      Diet Triggers for IBS with constipation symptoms

      Some foods can make IBS-related constipation worse, including4:

      • Drinks that contain caffeine – such as tea, coffee or cola
      • Fizzy drinks
      • Alcohol
      • Breads and cereals made with refined (not whole) grains
      • Processed foods such as crisps and cookies
      • High-protein diets
      • Dairy products, especially cheese

      Diet Triggers for IBS with Diarrhoea

      Foods that can make IBS-related diarrhea worse for some people include4:

      • Carbonated drinks
      • Too much fibre, especially the insoluble kind you get in the skin of fruits and vegetables
      • Food and drinks with chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, fructose, or sorbitol
      • Large meals
      • Fried and fatty foods
      • Dairy products, especially in people who can’t digest the milk sugar lactose, called lactose intolerance

      IBS and Your Lifestyle

      Do anxiety and stress play a part in IBS?

      Our lifestyles can impact on every part of our health, so it’s no surprise that it can affect IBS. Heavy work patterns, food on the run, poor sleep can all contribute to stress and anxiety which has been linked to IBS.

      Emotional states such as stress and anxiety can trigger chemical changes that interfere with the normal workings of the digestive system.

      This doesn’t just happen in people with a history of IBS. Many people who have never suffered with IBS before can have a sudden change in bowel habits when faced with a stressful situation, such as an important exam or job interview.

      IBS Stress triggers

      Many people report stress as a common trigger for IBS.

      If you often feel conflicted between your head and gut feelings, every time you give in to one, the other suffers… then you’re not alone. We can help you break this IBS-stress cycle by giving you coping mechanisms to help with stress when you’re at home, work or on the go.  Check out Emma’s top ‘Gutfulness’ tips, to help prevent IBS stopping you in your tracks.

      Try Senocalm to help relieve gas related symptoms of IBS, containing Simethicone which works to allow the body to process the gas. Senocalm is for medical confirmed IBS. Always read the instructions.

      Your Daily gut feel diary

      IBS Triggers vary from person to person so we suggest a useful way of identifying your own triggers is to keep a food, mood and poo diary like this.

      Time

      Food & drink

      Mood

      Poo

      Breakfast

       

       

       

      Snack

       

       

       

      Lunch

       

       

       

      Snack

       

       

       

      Dinner

       

       

       

      Snack