What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Posted by admin on Friday 25 September 2009

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common ailments of the bowel (intestines) and affects an estimated 15% of persons in the US. The term, irritable bowel, is not a particularly good one since it implies that the bowel is responding irr…

6 Responses to “What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?”

  1. Mandy S

    Does wine effect Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Acid Reflux in any way?I need to know for a research document i am creating. I need to know if wine improves IBS or not and same for Acid reflux and why. Thank you very much!

  2. Stewartr

    preservativesReferences :

  3. Character Study

    It may.

    Alcohol has a diuretic affect. Many people have watery stools after drinking or drinking heavily.

    Some major contributors to acid reflux are calcium, alcohol, and caffeine.References :

  4. chris h

    I have acid reflux so I can help you with that.

    Wine is an absolute no-no with acid reflux. Anyone with moderate to severe reflux will avoid wine at all costs. Besides orange juice, I can’t think of anything worse to drink to set off a severe bout of reflux. I don’t know that the alcohol is as big a problem as the acid in the wine as red wines seem more severe than whites; and other alcoholic beverages don’t seem to bother reflux at all.References :

  5. J

    Yes and yes.

    Wine affects IBS by causing irritation, not really sure the exact mechanism but may be related to alcohol causing blood vessel dilatation or absoprtion of alcohol causing bowel wall irritation.

    Wine causes acid reflux for a proven mechanism. Alcohol, along with nicotine and caffeine, causes the upper gastric sphincter to be loose, thereby allowing gastric acid to reflux back. This is a well proven phenomenon that you can easily find on any study involving acid reflux. Try to google GERD.References : MD

  6. ♥Martini Shake♥

    I do not think it would effect IBS so much – as for acid reflux, some alcohol and wine may effect it in a not so nice way especially if you’re drinking very acid/citrus type drinks etc…References :

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