We know there is a link between IBS and stress. Now there is more evidence out there to suggest how they are linked.
Experts believe that IBS occurs when the delicate relationship between the nerves, hormones and electrical activity that link the bowel and the brain is disrupted. Because of the connections between the bowel and the brain, it is now known that high stress levels can trigger IBS.
Pain sensors in the colon are more sensitive in a person who has IBS than in the digestive system of someone without the condition, and it is this, that causes them to respond strongly to stimuli.
If you have never thought about a connection between the brain and the stomach, imagine the butterflies you get before making a speech, or the nerves you feel during a discussion that turns into a heated argument.
Now that we know the brain triggers the signals that cause IBS, it is up to us to limit the amount of stress we let in. It is also up to others to limit their stress, so that their stress isn’t passed on to us.