New study finds childhood trauma linked to irritable bowel syndrome

Could a traumatic childhood lead to irritable bowel syndrome? A new study shows it could all be related.

Researchers at UCLA say they have proof that what happens in your brain is linked to what happens in your stomach. It's the first discovery of its kind.

Even more, the study linked a stressful childhood with IBS, which causes abdominal pain and diarrhea, among other symptoms.

How? Researchers say how we process information, like hearing and smelling at a young age not only alters our brains, but changes bacteria in our digestive systems.

It's not all bad news. Doctors may now be able to diagnose IBS more easily by analyzing gut bacteria in the future or use that data to develop specialized diets to curb IBS symptoms.

Research has shown the effects of IBS can be regulated by eating healthier, exercising and removing yourself from stressful situations.

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10 foods that will help you avoid illnesses

1. Beets 

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2. Parsnips

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3. Kale

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4. Almonds

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5. Walnuts

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6. Sunflower seeds

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7. Tuna 

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8. Oysters 

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9. Mushrooms

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10. Yogurt

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