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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Triggers and Prevention

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Triggers and Prevention Facts

By taking steps to prevent the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it is possible to lead a productive, healthy life. With some planning, you can avoid IBS triggers that cause symptom flares. Your doctor can provide a complete treatment plan for IBS prevention.

Print out this list of common IBS triggers and prevention strategies. Keep it handy for reference. It may help you identify your personal triggers in your IBS symptom journal. Triggers and symptoms may vary depending on your type of IBS. And when you're having a bad day, remember to persist with healthy management of your condition.

"Realize that it's not always smooth sailing. That's a part of IBS," says Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author of the American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion. "You can't beat yourself up."

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