Stress is a universal problem that many individuals struggle with on a daily basis. In recent years, researchers have found that this common issue can be linked to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), one of the most prevalent digestive disorders worldwide. Studies have suggested that stress may trigger IBS symptoms and lead to an exacerbation of existing conditions.
In order to better understand how stress influences IBS, researchers have conducted various studies on this topic. Many of these suggest that stress-induced hormones and chemicals can affect the digestive tract, leading to an increase in abdominal pain, bloating, and other common IBS symptoms. Additionally, it has been proposed that psychological and emotional factors associated with stress can also result in alterations of the gut microbiota which further contributes to IBS flare-ups.