Although modern medicine recognizes that stress, anxiety and depression can trigger IBS attacks, medical specialists agree that IBS is a genuine physical disorder-or group of disorders-with specific identifiable characteristics.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal condition characterized by abdominal pain and cramps; changes in bowel movements (diarrhea, constipation, or both); gassiness; bloating; nausea; and other symptoms.
The reason these food groups (and beverage groups) need to be avoided is that they either stimulate or irritate the bowels, leading to those unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms that IBS sufferers are so familiar with.
IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, also sometimes referred to as spastic colon, affects 10 to 20 percent of the population and is generally defined as a problem with the function of the colon (or intestines).
Stress-feeling mentally or emotionally tense, troubled, angry or overwhelmed-stimulates colon spasms in people with IBS since there is a close nervous system connection between the brain and the intestines.