Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Triggers, Prevention (cont.)

6. Other Triggers for IBS

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  • Eating while working or driving

  • Eating too quickly

  • Chewing gum

  • Lack of exercise

Prevention Strategies:

  • Performing different activities while eating may cause you to swallow more air, eat more quickly, and feel bloated. Take time out from other activities while you enjoy your food.

  • Not enough exercise can also cause constipation. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Take a long walk to help your bowels and ease tension.

Also, be sure to talk to your doctor about all your treatment options for IBS with constipation and IBS with diarrhea.

WebMD Medical Reference
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Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author, American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion.
American College of Gastroenterology.
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.
American Dietetic Association.
Mayo Clinic.
Jeffrey Roberts, founder and president, IBS Self Help and Support Group.
Lynn Jacks, founder, IBS support group, Summit, N.J.
Beth Schorr-Lesnick, MD, FACG, gastroenterologist, Montefiore Medical Center, New York.
GlaxoSmithKline.
National Center for Biotechnology Information. Gut.
MedlinePlus.
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.
Reviewed by Venkat Mohan, MD on February 28, 2010


Last Editorial Review: 5/12/2011 12:39:24 PM

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