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What can trigger IBS?

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Certain foods or situations may trigger a flare-up of IBS symptoms. Keeping a symptom journal can help you figure out what triggers it and how best to avoid those things.

SOURCES: 

Jeffrey Roberts, president and founder, IBS Self Help and Support Group. 

American College of Gastroenterology. 

Mayo Clinic. 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Harvard Health Publications: "Understanding and treating an irritable bowel."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 12, 2017

SOURCES: 

Jeffrey Roberts, president and founder, IBS Self Help and Support Group. 

American College of Gastroenterology. 

Mayo Clinic. 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Harvard Health Publications: "Understanding and treating an irritable bowel."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 12, 2017

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