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Hi - It is not at all uncommon to have a very fast reaction to foods that are IBS triggers (particularly strong GI stimulants such as fats, red meat, dairy, and insoluble fiber). Whenever you eat anything, the arrival of food in the stomach stimulates the gastrocolic reflex, which results in muscle contractions throughout your colon. People with IBS suffer from an overstimulation of this reflex, and gut contractions that are too fast and too strong. The result is urgency, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea that can occur just moments after eating. Most people with IBS have experienced something along the lines of having to rush from the table to the bathroom before they've even finished their meal - this is the gastrocolic reflex in overdrive. The best way to address this problem is to avoid the trigger foods, base your diet on soluble fiber (which soothes and stabilizes the gut, normalizing the colon muscle contractions), and incorporate insoluble fiber very carefully with the soluble fiber. Strong herbal teas (peppermint, chamomile, anise, fennel) can also soothe and relax the GI tract, preventing the urgency, cramping, and diarrhea.Since your history is not specifically with IBS but IBD, I would urge you to see your GI doctor and verify that your new symptoms don't stem from an underlying physical problem that require medical attention.Best, Heather
 
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