The Connection Between IBS, Anxiety and Depression

Posted by Proper Nutrition on 4/12/17 1:36 PM

The Connection Between IBS, Anxiety and Depression

There’s no known cause-and-effect relationship between irritable bowel syndrome and depression.

Think of them instead as “known associates.” For many people, the two conditions are often found together, sometimes bringing out the worst in each other.

We recognize that this can be a frustrating cycle. Fortunately, many of the steps that can alleviate depression can help with IBS symptoms as well. Read on to learn more about the connection between IBS, anxiety and depression.

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Topics: anxiety, ibs related anxiety, ibs, depression

8 Natural Ways to Reduce IBS Symptoms

Posted by Proper Nutrition on 2/9/17 1:25 PM

8 Natural Ways to Reduce IBS SymptomsIBS symptoms – gas, bloating, frequent trips to the bathroom – can be unpleasant to talk about. Because IBS symptoms are often alternating and unpredictable, ranging from constipation to diarrhea, doctors usually develop individual treatment regimens for people who have IBS.

If you’re looking for natural, drug-free ways to troubleshoot and improve your IBS symptoms, our suggestions may help.

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Topics: ibs

Will Cutting Out Gluten Improve My IBS Symptoms?

Posted by Proper Nutrition on 3/7/14 10:00 AM

Will cutting out the gluten improve my IBS symptoms?

It seems like the gluten free diet trend  is everywhere these days and is the answer to all of our problems in life, lack of energy, weight loss, better mood, right?  Well, cutting out the gluten "villain" might not magically improve every aspect of your life but it could severely improve your IBS Symptoms.

Many who suffer from IBS may have a gluten sensitivity.  This sensitivity is known as non-celiac gluten intolerance, or NCGI, that can trigger or worsen a person’s IBS symptoms.  However, it is difficult to tell if the symptoms from IBS are gluten related or not. Because there is no test for NCGI, diagnosing the intolerance has become a trial and error process in which people are testing out a gluten-free diet and seeing if it makes a difference.  Luckily, for many, it has.

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Topics: ibs symptoms, gluten sensitivity, ibs

Dealing With IBS-Related Anxiety

Posted by Proper Nutrition on 1/8/14 10:00 AM

Dealing With IBS-Related Anxiety

With Irritable Bowel Syndrome comes anxiety, or is it vise versa? Either way, there is no denying it- anxiety and stress often accompany those who suffer from IBS. Whether it triggers the symptoms of IBS or is a result of IBS, your IBS related anxiety can be treated.

One way to treat IBS related anxiety is to alleviate some of the stress in your life. Some people partake in relaxation techniques including deep abdominal breathing and meditation. The deep breathing helps to calm you down and refocus your mind on less anxious thoughts. Other people try to keep busy with activities they enjoy such as socializing, reading, or watching movies. It can also be helpful to focus on a goal-oriented activity. This could be as simple as cleaning your room, or making dinner.

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Topics: anxiety, ibs related anxiety, stress-related ibs, ibs, stress

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