Can Food Poisoning Cause IBS or or irritable bowel syndrome?

Ever had food poisoning? It’s a relatively common condition, affecting about 15 percent of people every year. Well, did you know that even one instance of food poisoning may increase the risk of developing IBS? A review that looked at more than 40 studies found that more than 45 percent of people with food poisoning later developed IBS.

This conclusion showed that there was a four times higher risk of developing IBS compared to people who hadn’t had food poisoning. Women were more likely to develop IBS after food poisoning than men, and people who had used antibiotics were asl more likely to develop it. Even one bout of food poisoning appears to alter the microbiome in the gut enough to set up a person for IBS.

That’s scary, but fortunately you can improv your gut health, even if you’ve had food poisoning or you get it in the future.

Carbonated beverages can make you gassy and uncomfortable, and caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate you, making you feel nauseous, constipated and headachy.

If your body can’t properly break down food, you’re going to have symptoms like gas, bloating, and diarrhea. You may know if you have a dairy allergy, but you can be sensitive to gluten and never identify it as a problem because you’re eating it all the time. Even if you don’t have food intolerances, foods high in fat are hard to digest. (Side note: Avocados are good for you because of the healthy, monounsaturated fat they contain, but I personally had a hard time digesting avocados for a long time. I had to work up a tolerance to them, but thankfully I can now eat avocados and other healthy fats and you’ll be able to, too! So have hope!)

USANA® Digestive Enzyme – this plant based blend of enzymes and artichoke extract can help you with body’s digestion and relieve discomfort caused by poor food digestion.

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