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Controlling Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Diet

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Controlling irritable bowel syndrome with diet

A recent survey revealed almost two out of three people with irritable bowel syndrome blames their diet for their unwanted pains. Irritable bowel syndrome is more embarrassing and inconvenient than anything else. Eating is a huge trigger of irritable bowel syndrome. Simple eating habits result in constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea. Simple menu changes could result in decreased irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Here are some simple suggestions:

  1. Find those foods that aggravate your irritable bowel syndrome symptoms and then eliminate them. Some of the foods you may need to exclude include alcohol, apples, artificial sweeteners, beans, broccoli, cabbage, caffeine, carbonated beverages, cheese, chewing gum, chocolate, citrus fruits, fatty foods, sour cream, spicy foods, and water.
  2. Your new menu choices should include carbohydrates, low-fat foods, more fiber (as found in breads, fruits, cereals, vegetables, and whole grains), and plenty of water.
  3. Eat meals in a relaxing environment, and eat slowly. Make meal times fun and enjoyable.
  4. Keep a log of the foods you eat and how you feel after you eat.
  5. Eat smaller meals.
  6. Exercise. Obviously, exercise isn't food related to a diet, but exercise helps maintain bowel regularity.

There is no irritable bowel syndrome diet that is recommended for every person who suffers with irritable bowel syndrome. But this can be a good thing because that enables each sufferer to create their own diet that will enable to address their own triggers. Fats and animals products are the hardest foods for our bodies to digest. Ironically, these are some of the same foods that tend to trigger irritable bowel syndrome. The bottom line for a diet safe for irritable bowel syndrome sufferers to live with is the basic food pyramid you learned in elementary school.

How to start

Maintain a log to record what foods you eat. Don't cut out everything at one time because if your irritable bowel syndrome symptoms ease, you won't be able to tell which food specifically triggers the unwanted symptoms. Try a specific food group at one time to make your diagnosis more accurate. One more thing to be considered is it may be a combination of food groups that trigger your irritable bowel syndrome. If you have any questions, a nutritionist or dietitian will gladly be able to answer your questions. Don't be discouraged when you hear it can take up to six months for those changes to be noticed. Relief from irritable bowel syndrome requires patience. Six to eight glasses of water every day is recommended for relief.

Don't misdiagnose irritable bowel syndrome

Before an accurate diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome can be determined, it's important to exclude the following possible medical conditions first:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Bowel obstructions
  • Carcinoid cancer
  • Celiac's disease
  • Colon cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Food allergies
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Ovarian cancer

Sources:

http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/DS/00106.html

http://www.fascrs.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=13

http://aloeelite.com/ddiseases/pubs/ibs/index.shtml#gooddiet

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