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Many people with
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) find that eating
can cause symptoms of belly pain, constipation, diarrhea (or, sometimes,
alternating periods of constipation and diarrhea), and bloating. Making
some changes to your diet can provide relief.
Although there is no particular diet to follow, you can manage your
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by limiting or eliminating foods that may bring
on symptoms, particularly diarrhea, gas, and bloating. Make sure you don't stop eating completely from any one food group without talking with a dietitian. You need to make sure you are still getting all the nutrients you need.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Many people find that their irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms
become worse after they eat. Sometimes certain foods make symptoms
worse. Foods most commonly listed as causing symptoms include:
Other types of food that can make IBS symptoms worse include:
Some people who have IBS use a
daily food diary to keep track of what they eat and whether they have any
symptoms after eating certain foods. The diary also can be a good way to record
what is going on in your life. Stress plays a role in IBS. If you are aware
that particular stresses bring on symptoms, you can try to reduce those
April 26, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
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