Is IBS Affecting You? Try These 4 Suggestions
A healthy diet can help the body in its efforts to heal itself, and in some cases, particular foods can lessen symptoms. To address problems commonly associated with irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, try the following:
- Eliminate milk and milk products. It might be an intolerance to the milk sugar lactose or the dairy protein. Consider removing all dairy for 3 to 4 weeks. If your symptoms resolve, consider adding back one form of dairy at a time if you prefer to attempt to isolate which forms bother you most.
- Eliminate all caffeine sources.
- Increase dietary fiber by eating more whole grains, bran cereal, fruits and vegetables. An exception to this group for some is that eliminating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye can be beneficial. Do some trials for several weeks and see what works best for you. There is also more attention being given to the connection between IBS-diarrhea predominant and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth where some fruits and vegetables may actually make things worse. If you believe this to be the case, consider following a dietician or online guide for the low FODMAP diet.
- Avoid products sweetened with sorbitol or xylitol or non-dairy milks or foods containing carrageenan.
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