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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Triggers and Prevention

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6. Other Triggers

  • Eating while working or driving
  • Eating too quickly
  • Chewing gum
  • Lack of exercise

Prevention Strategies:

  • Performing different activities while eating may cause you to swallow more air, eat more quickly, and feel bloated. Take time out from other activities while you enjoy your food.
  • Not enough exercise can also cause constipation. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Take a long walk to help your bowels and ease tension.

Also, be sure to talk to your doctor about all your treatment options for IBS with constipation and IBS with diarrhea.

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on July 04, 2012
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