The cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is unclear, but it seems a combination of ongoing stress or anxiety as well as certain foods is a factor. It is equally important to seek professional advice from a dietitian who is likely to suggest using the FODMAP diet. Equally important is to address the cause of your stress.
You may have IBS if you suffer from the following:
- abdominal pain
- alternate diahorrea or constipation
It is important not to self diagnose and your primary health professional will refer you for testing to confirm if you do suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and not any other clinical condition.
Studies have shown that for persons with IBS, making dietary changes as well as having hypnotherapy sessions for stress management and anxiety is an effective management tool and with this in mind, it is recommended that a series of hypnotherapy sessions (we recommend between 3-5 sessions), combined with professional dietary advice can be helpful.
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