Sometimes what appears to be IBS is actually a food intolerance. Discovering what it is and eliminating it from your diet can resolve your digestive symptoms, for instance lactose intolerance is sometimes diagnosed as IBS. Lactose intolerance can be managed simply by avoiding dairy products. However, even with true IBS, the frequency and severity of symptoms can be reduced by eating the right foods for your Constitutional type.
Hormones: More women than men have IBS. Women often experience a worsening of symptoms around their periods. Even in women without IBS, certain foods are often found to worsen menstrual symptoms and avoiding foods that trigger IBS may also reduce the effect of hormonal cycles on your menstrual symptoms.
Stress: It is obvious that stress aggravates symptoms but it doesn’t cause IBS. Actually having IBS is likely to add to your stress. Practicing meditation, yoga, qigong or tai chi can all be helpful. But being able to effectively manage your IBS will reduce stress as much as anything else.
For more information, check out my previous blog “Do You Have IBS?”