If you get too stressed out, you'll develop a stomach ulcer. If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it could turn into inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). People who have IBD have psychological problems. Adults don't get celiac disease. These are just a few of the myths about digestive disease that have been passed from person to person over the years. Are any of them true?
Stress can certainly do a number on your digestion, and it can absolutely make the symptoms of just about any medical condition worse. Spicy food sure can be tasty, but it could also lead to a case of indigestion or diarrhea if you're not used to eating it. Is there any truth to the idea that stress and diet can lead to ulcers (holes) in the lining of your stomach?
You may have noticed foods in the grocery store or dishes on restaurant menus labeled as "gluten-free." It might not mean anything to you unless you're diagnosed with celiac disease and cannot tolerate eating gluten. But chances are you haven't heard of celiac disease, or if you have, you have been told that "celiac sprue" is rare and only occurs in children. Do children with celiac disease eventually outgrow it?
Some people are taught right from the very beginning while toilet training that they should have a bowel movement every day, and if you don't, you should drink some prune juice and get things moving. Not having a movement each day may even cause some people to be stressed or worried. But do you really need to have a bowel movement every day to be healthy?