You are experiencing irritable bowel due to diet and lifestyle. When the bowels act up that means you need a change. Of course they are irritated if you do not eat right and exercise. I hear your story all the time. I work in GI. Your story is more and more common due to all the crap they put in food these days and the lifestyle of being on the computer or cellphone nonstop with no exercise and just sitting there. People think they eat healthy but they are not. It's not good. You should keep a food journal. Also, stretching is important as it relaxes the bowels and the entire body and provides oxygen to tissues. So, to eat healthy, you need to figure out how many calories you need per day based upon your metabolic level and divide that number by 6. So now you have 6 portion controlled meals per day. Only eat fresh, whole foods and keep it diverse. Avoid preservatives and boxed and canned food. Unless if it's pasta. That is the only boxed item free of preservatives but one serving is 2 ounces which is like 28 spiral noodles. Avoid splenda and anything with sucralose as that draws water into the colon then you get the diarrhea. Avoid high fructose corn syryp as that will dry out the stool and make you constipated. Avoid alcohol. If you do want alcohol drink lots of water inbetween drinks. Avoid food dyes. Coffee will give you loose stool, that is a no brainer. Sit upright after meals and chew food slowly. Red meat is hard to digest and really it should be avoided, just stick with chicken and turkey and eggs. Sugar free gum has xylitol in it and that will give you diarrhea and you can also get gas from it if you swallow a lot of air while you chew, also the bacterium in the intestines release gas as they ferment the artificial sugars. So basically try to eat whole fresh foods and your symptoms will improve.
Thank you for all the information you have provided. To give you some back story, for about two years I've had excessive gas and some strange bowel movements. But in the last three months, I had back pain, pelvic pain, leg pain. I had tension and pain in my belly.
Now the pain, when it comes, is usually under my belly button. I have coming and going appetite. Coming and going energy. Lots of constipation. Bowel movements are pretty irregular. Lots of gas still. Frequent urination. Mucus in the stool. 20 pounds of weight gain in 2 years. ALOT of bloating. That's most of it.
I do eat very healthy, maybe not as well as I need to to heal my poor digestive tract. I drink kombucha once a week, tea about every day, I drink coffee very occasionally. I drink almost no alcohol. I don't eat red meat. I eat chicken, lots of fish, lots of smoothies, hemp seeds/chia seeds/ veggies/. Occasionally I eat fast food but I really can't digest it at all. I can't digest dairy.
I still eat alot of gluten. I eat oatmeal, things like that. Salad occasionally. Things like that. Thanks to my hypochondria, I'm actually a health freak. When my body still acts up it makes me really upset.