The Link Between IBS and Stress

IBS and StressIt is both Stress Awareness Month and IBS Awareness Month. I am sure this wasn’t planned but it couldn’t have been more apt because they are very linked.  Although it is possible to have IBS symptoms purely because of poor gastro-intestinal health or food intolerances, I have found that most of my clients symptoms are much worse when they are stressed. 

So, what is IBS?  Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a collection of symptoms which are connected to the gut.  Common ones include diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, stomach cramps and wind.

It can be both painful and embarrassing and some of my clients have a severely impacted social life because of it, or days off from work when it is at its worst.  

So, why is it linked to stress?  When you are stressed your adrenal glands become overactive and put your body into fight or flight mode.  This is to help you deal with any emergencies.  When this happens, your body deprioritises digestion and causes it to seize up or evacuate your bowels.  This is why it can be so uncomfortable. 

If your gut flora isn’t healthy, this will impact your system too and food intolerances are well known to exacerbate, or cause, the symptoms.  A quick Asyra Pro session will not only let us know whether these are affecting you but will also give an indication of which foods to avoid.  It also suggests the likely emotional driver – there’s always something, even if you aren’t consciously aware of it.  Your body and mind are strongly connected.

If you are wondering how much stress you are under, why not try this quiz https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9RPCHL6.  If your IBS symptoms are worse because of stress, dealing with the issues might be all the relief you need.  If not, why not book a wellness assessment so we can deal with it from a physical angle.

If you want to know more, do feel free to contact me.  No obligation.  It would be nice to feel better, wouldn’t it?

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Tricia Woolfrey

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