Lifestyle and Diet Tips for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
What is IBS?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the colon. IBS usually associated with abdominal discomfort or pain. IBS can be easily managed by diet. Only a small portion of people who suffer from IBS have very severe symptoms.
Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Improving Your Diet for IBS
Many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome can manage their symptoms through a modified diet. You will need to identify which foods trigger your symptoms and eliminate those foods as often as you can.
You may be able to learn new ways of preparing a diet based on what your body can digest properly.
To help you begin identifying foods that may trigger IBS, try eliminating the following:
- Carbonated beverages
- Caffeinated beverages
- Fruits that contain seeds
- Vegetables that contains seeds
- Legumes (Beans, broccoli and cauliflower)
- Sugary and starchy foods such as pastries, cookies, bread, pasta
These are common sources of inflammation and eliminating these foods will often alleviate your IBS symptoms.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea and Constipation (sometimes alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea).
- Mucusy or Bloody Stools
What Causes IBS?
The exact cause of IBS is still unknown. Health Experts have shared some ways they think it could have come about such as:
- The exact cause of IBS is still unknown. Health Experts have shared some ways they think it could have come about such as:
- Abnormalities in your nervous system
- Intestine Sensitivity
Although the cause is unknown, physicians can test for IBS. The sooner you catch it the easier it is to treat. Always pay attention to your symptoms and the length of time you are experiencing them. The more information you can provide the better.
Everyone’s body is different so paying attention to how your body reacts to a particular food or drink will help you create a more specific diet catered to how your body functions.
What not to eat with irritable bowel syndrome:
- Caffeine and Carbonated Beverages
- Greasy, Fried & Fatty Foods
- Spicy Foods
- Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Foods that may be regularly eaten in any quantity:
- Ripened Bananas
- White rice
- Fish (broiled or baked-avoid shellfish)
- Chicken Soups (No Cream Soups)
- Fresh Chicken or Turkey
- Cooked vegetables
- English muffin
- Plain Cereals (e.g., Cheerios, Cornflakes,
- Cream of Wheat, Rice Krispies, Special K
- Ripened Banana
- Fruit juices (except prune juice)
- applesauce, apricots, banana (1/2), cantaloupe, canned fruit cocktail, grapes, honeydew melon, peaches, watermelon
- Enriched refined white bread or buns
- Alfalfa sprouts, beets, green/yellow beans, carrots,
- celery, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms,
- green/red peppers, potatoes (peeled), squash, zucchini
- Well-cooked, tender meat, fish, and eggs
- Potatoes (no skin)
- Vegetable juices
- Arrowroot cookies, tea biscuits, soda crackers, plain melba toast
- White Rice
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Lifestyle and Treatment tips for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Treatment for IBS:
Treatment for IBS is usually focused on relieving the symptoms. Dietary changes, medication, stress reduction therapies, or even natural remedies are all different ways to treat your IBS. Avoiding foods that trigger your symptoms is important. Make sure to exercise daily even if it’s a 15 minute walk. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and have healthy sleeping habits.
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