Saturday, July 22, 2006

What causes IBS?

There is no known cause for IBS. Although many doctors agree that symptoms can be triggered by psychological as well as physical factors.

Some experts believe that IBS is caused by by nerve changes that control sensation or muscle contractions in the bowel. In women, hormonal changes may be the root cause.

Food passes through the stomach, the small intestine and the large intestine (colon) by means of regular muscular contractions. However, with IBS the normal rythm of intestinal contractions is disrupted, resulting in diaorrea, constipation and internal spasms.

Did you know?
Certain food may trigger IBS! Dairy products, caffeine and alcohol are some of the most troublesome. Stress and hormonal changes can also lead to IBS.

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