Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis Triggers & Treatment

You’d be surprised how many people I see who have digestive problems, among them Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Irritable Bowel is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. 

The symptoms of IBS typically include:

  • Cramping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating and gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloating and distention
  • Discomfort or pain after certain foods
  • Irregular bowels or constipation / diarrhoea / alternating
  • Indigestion / reflux
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Burping or flatulence

What causes Irritable bowel syndrome?

  • Food sensitivities & food intolerances
  • Helicobactor Pylori
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Fungal or yeast overgrowth – Candida
  • Parasites & worms – Blastocystis, Cryptosporidium
  • Leaky gut syndrome / intestinal permeability
  • Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) – Ulcerative colitis & Crohns Disease
  • Adrenal fatigue & stress
  • Symptoms can increase around the time of menstruation.
  • Stress can increase irritable bowel symptoms.

For some people, dietary changes can go a long way in helping ease symptoms. Because the symptoms of IBS vary among people with the condition, approaches to dietary changes need to vary.  

Tips to help Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Cutting back on coffee
  • Food sensitivity testing to eliminate triggering foods
  • Eating smaller meals
  • Minimizing stress
  • Ensuring healthy gut bacteria (probiotics may help)
  • Avoiding deep-fried or spicy foods
  • Cutting back on caffeinated beverages that stimulate the intestines
  • Eating smaller meals
  • Taking probiotics
  • Avoid deep-fried or spicy foods

There can be many causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Seeing a practitioner can help you identify what could help you identify your triggers.