Eliminating Common Triggers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By Carolyn Dean, L. Christine Wheeler

Part of IBS For Dummies Cheat Sheet

An IBS trigger is something that sets off a chain reaction in the body leading to symptoms of pain — and diarrhea or constipation (or both). Stress can aggravate your IBS symptoms so consider yoga, meditation, or other stress-busters. A few specific foods, ingredients, and medications can also trigger the symptoms. Here’s a short list of items that commonly cause IBS to flare up; you might want to avoid them while you’re getting your IBS symptoms under control.

  • Alcohol

  • Antibiotics

  • Aspartame

  • Carbonated beverages

  • Dairy

  • MSG

  • Processed foods

  • Spicy foods

  • Sugar

  • Wheat

  • Yeast