Having IBS is not fun, especially if what worsens the symptoms is really unclear to you. IBS can often mean feeling cramped, nauseous, and bloated after you eat, as well as having some not so fun bowel-movements that feel rather difficult to control. And while it might indeed be hard to treat, there are habits that make IBS worse. Often times they are simple things you might not be considering when it comes to the health of your GI tract.
Dr. Len Lopez tells Bustle that while you figure out the habits that contribute to your IBS, slowing down, and sitting down as you eat, is where you should start. Giving yourself some space and intention around mealtime can be a real game-changer when it comes to symptoms.
"When you eat on the go, which many of us do in this fast paced world, we don’t allow our digestive system to produce the necessary digestive juices needed to breakdown your food," Dr. Lopez says.
Those important digestive juices are needed to begin the breakdown of your food into an absorbable form, so your body can utilize those nutrients, he says.
"When you don’t give your body a chance to produce those digestive juices," says Dr. Lopez, "your food begins to rot and putrefy in your digestive system, which is a huge contributing factor for IBS."
As best as you can, try to give yourself a little more time to enjoy your meals and digest. And take a look below to find out which other habits might be contributing to your IBS.