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What Causes IBS Flare Up Symptoms

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Healing Angry Guts

What is an IBS Flare Up?

If you suffer from gut issues, you may also have IBS flare ups, when IBS symptoms suddenly get worse.

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The medical world still lacks a good understanding of what causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome and IBS flare ups.

During an IBS flare up, the IBS symptoms may come on more quickly and feel worse.

That may include diarrhea, constipation, stomach cramps, abdominal pain or bloating.

Those symptoms can be very difficult to deal with, uncomfortable and inconvenient.

There may be psychological trigger, which we can help to alleviate.

What Causes IBS Flare Ups?

During IBS flare ups, the gut is responding to something.

There may be a psychological trigger or digestive trigger.

Digestive Triggers

Digestive triggers typically relate to specific foods or drinks. This might include:

It can help to keep a food diary and a record of IBS flare ups (scale of 1 to 10), to identify trends.

Some people try FODMAP diets which restricts sugars from the diet.

FODMAP stands for "Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols", which are sugars!

When IBS flare up digestive triggers are at work, there may also be pscyhological triggers adding to the problem.

What Causes IBS Flare Ups - Psychological Triggers

There are very powerful connections between the brain and gut.

Plus, our guts also have roughly as many neurons ("brain cells") as cats have in the heads. "Gut instict" might be real thoughts.

You may already know what the psychological triggers are for your IBS flare ups.

Common examples include:

In these cases, the brain is triggering a very basic automated action response.

Your body doesn't want to be using energy to digest food when action is required, so it responds with the IBS flare up.

The brain and body have simple learnt a response, which can be changed.

For example, we primarily use hypnotherapy for IBS, because it is one of the most effective ways to help retrain automated action responses between the brain and body.

It may only need a few sessions to solve the problem.

Contact Our IBS Specialist Today

We provide advanced psychological treatments to help with IBS.

If you would like to talk about how we can help you, contact us today:

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