Irritable Bowel Syndrome? 5 Signs You Should be Looking For

Irritable Bowel Syndrome? 5 Signs You Should be Looking For

From bloating and gas to constipation and running to the bathroom, IBS is no party.

It’s that time of day again: diarrhea time. As disgusting as that sounds, many people are familiar with it. You may experience it frequently- no matter what you eat- or it could be something that disappears and resurfaces over time. Or, you might have other symptoms.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) surfaces in many ways, depending on the person. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the most common complaints include abdominal pain, excess gas, diarrhea or its cousin, constipation, and last but not least, mucus in your stool.

Related: 9 Ways Your Food Might Be Giving You Diarrhea

How prevalent is it? IBS affects up to 1 in 7 Americans, and is thought to be cause by many different factors. A malfunctioning nervous system, stress, a severe infection, changes in your gut bacteria and extra-strong muscle contractions in your intestine can all result in irritated bowels.

And sadly, hormones could also be a large contributor. Statistics show that women are twice as likely as men to develop IBS, and most often before or during their period.

Counseling, engaging in biofeedback and muscle relaxation techniques and following mindfulness training can all help as treatment. Avoiding trigger foods can also do wonders.

If you’re feeling discomfort, talk to your doctor, and get to the root of the problem.

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