Is Smoking an IBS Trigger?
Smoking and IBS - Does Smoking Make IBS Worse?
Tip Takeaway: The GI side effects of tobacco are immediate and violent. Smoking triggers every possible IBS symptom: pain, spasms, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, nausea. If you needed yet another reason to quit smoking, you've got one.
- Yep - just like alcohol and caffeine, tobacco is a drug that hits extra hard if you have IBS.
- Tobacco - whether smoked or chewed - is a powerful GI tract stimulant, irritant, and carcinogen.
- Tobacco irritates the intestinal lining, causing diarrhea, cramps, bloating, and gas.
- Nicotine can also cause nausea and painful abdominal cramps.
- Smoking decreases the efficiency of food digestion, causing altered bowel movements.
- Nicotine withdrawal can cause both constipation AND diarrhea.
- Extra air swallowed during smoking can cause belching, bloating, and gas.
- Nutshell? Tobacco is one of the worst triggers for ALL IBS symptoms.
- Tobacco also has harmful physical effects on virtually the entire GI tract.
- Smoking causes heartburn and reflux, two conditions folks with IBS are already prone to.
- Smoking doubles your chance of developing a peptic ulcer.
- Smoking is thought to increase the risk of Crohn's disease, and lead to gallstones.
- Nicotine - a poison - weakens the lower esophageal sphincter.
- Cigarette smoke has over 400 toxins and 43 carcinogens, all of which can affect your GI tract.
- Insult & Injury: Tobacco increases the risk of all cancers of the digestive tract.
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