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Did you know how stress can exacerbate IBS symptoms?

Many of us know what Irritable Bowel Syndrome is, but I had no idea that IBS can be influenced in such a way by stress and anxiety. Edward Blanchard, PhD, professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Albany said that “about 60% of IBS patients will meet the criteria for one or more psychiatric disorders”.

We all have problems. Different things cause stress for different people. Stress can include:

Does Coffee Cause Constipation?

Your coffee may greet you in the morning and get you through the day. However, depending on how much coffee you drink and how sensitive you are to caffeine, you may experience side effects that are not so pleasant.

The good news is that caffeine influences your digestive system in multiple ways. It serves as a diuretic, it quickens the digestive process and it stimulates your colon. The effect of these mechanisms varies based on other physical factors; depending on your situation, caffeine can actually cause, relieve, worsen or prevent constipation. If you understand how the process works, you can avoid the uncomfortable effects of caffeine and even use its gastrointestinal powers to your advantage.

Irritable bowel syndrome – When an abdominal pain become more serious

Everybody red about IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. It is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. Usualy, only a small number of people with irritable bowel syndrome have severe signs and symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. Others will need medication and counseling.

Many times irritable bowel syndrome occurs after an infection, or a stressful life event. Infectious illness may be characterized by two or more of: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or positive stool culture.

Sudden unexplained constipation

Constipation is most often caused by a low-fiber diet, lack of physical activity, not drinking enough water, or delay in going to the bathroom when you have the urge to defecate. Always try to have a bowel movement when the urge is present.

Other times, a pregnancy, an underactive thyroid, mental health problems or medications may be the reason for your constipation. More serious causes, like colon cancer, are much less common. Stress and travel can also contribute to constipation or other changes in bowel habits.

5 Surprising Causes of Constipation

Chocolate and constipation

What causes constipation? Well, the obvious answer include not drinking enough water, a low fiber diet, a lack of physical activity or ignoring the urge to go. But it might be something else. Here are 5 possible causes of constipation you may not have considered.