Most people with IBS experience worse or more-frequent signs and symptoms during periods of increased stress. And Anxiety and stress have been shown to increase motility and sensation of the colon to a greater degree in IBS patients compared to healthy individuals. Sandy uses a variety of therapeutic techniques to work out a way forward, that will help you reduce and relieve those symptoms. Sourcing the triggers, and establishing ways to help yourself daily. "How are anxiety and IBS related? The mind and the gut are intertwined in what scientists call the gut-brain axis, a 2-way signalling system between your brain and your gut — and it’s probably why anxiety and IBS are linked.
In the gut-brain axis, our thoughts, feelings, and environment lead to a release of chemicals that affect different processes in our bodies. With IBS and anxiety, the theory is that when you feel anxious, your body releases stress-related chemicals to your gut that can make it more sensitive and inflamed, which ultimately lead to abdominal pain, a change in your gut bacteria, and abnormal bowel movements. In the other direction, a poorly functioning gut has been linked to mental health problems. This is because our brain depends on chemicals and hormones that are made by the bacteria in our gut. In fact, over 90% of our serotonin is made in our gut! Serotonin is an important chemical that controls our mood and helps control our anxiety levels. Mental health problems can occur when there is too much or too little in the body."
- Taken from: Anxiety and IBS: Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg? Hope Chang, PharmD, AAHIVP
"According to an article published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology , having IBS results in disturbances in the balance between your brain and gut. The result is that stress and anxiety sometimes trigger overactivity of your gut. This causes the diarrhoea and stomach churning that those with IBS know well."
- Taken from: How Stress and Anxiety Can Aggravate IBS Symptoms www.healthline.com › health › ibs-c › stress-and-anxiety