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Managing IBS With Your Diet

  • Managing IBS With Your Diet

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    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an intestinal condition that can cause several digestive problems. Many people with IBS have alternating periods of constipation and diarrhea, which can be extremely uncomfortable. A daily dosage of AMP Floracel along with the proper diet can help lessen the severity of these symptoms. Below is a list of foods to eat and to avoid when managing IBS with your diet.

     Foods that Help

    Eating smaller, more frequent meals spread throughout the day instead of larger meals can lead to less discomfort for some people. Some have started following a low FODMAP diet, but before taking such extreme measures, first try increasing your fiber intake. Fiber is known to reduce pain, bloating and other symptoms. Here are some high fiber foods to eat to help in managing your IBS:

    • Barley
    • Black beans
    • Bran cereal
    • Brown rice
    • Dry fruits
    • Flaxseed meal
    • Fresh fruit with skins (may be better tolerated cooked or canned)
    • Fresh vegetables (may be better tolerated cooked)
    • Garbanzo beans
    • Kidney beans
    • Lentils
    • Lima beans
    • Navy beans
    • Nuts
    • Oats
    • Raisins
    • Soybeans
    • Split peas
    • Whole grains, including breads and cereals
    • Yams

    Foods to Avoid

    Each person is unique. But in general, foods that are high in fat, fried foods, spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeinated coffee and tea can be problematic for people with digestive disorders. Some foods, such as beans, cabbage, broccoli, etc. that can cause minor discomfort in a normal GI tract can cause significant bloating, gas, and abdominal pain in IBS sufferers. Here are some things to avoid.

    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Chocolate
    • Dairy products
    • Drinks with caffeine such as coffee, teas, or soda
    • Sweets
    • Fatty foods
    • Fructose syrup-containing foods and drinks
    • Sorbitol (sweetener usually found in gum)
    • Certain medicines
    • Emotional events and stress
    • Smoking