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IBS & Restaurants- Eating Out With IBS

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Having IBS is hard enough on its own. How does one go about eating out at restaurants with IBS? Don't worry; don't stop dining out and enjoying quality time with family and friends due to your IBS. It can be easy with some guidelines.

First off, what is IBS?

IBS is short for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. IBS is a very common occurrence, but is rarely talked about due to its uncomfortable nature. Some signs of IBS include cramps, bloating, pain, and diarrhea, constipation, and nausea. No one really knows what causes IBS, but signs and symptoms have been linked to stress, certain types of foods, illness, and medications. IBS is common in young females, but can happen to anyone. Usually it is diagnosed by exclusion. A full medical history and exam are recommended. Treatments center on relieving symptoms of IBS so one can lead a healthy, full life without stressing out about IBS. Slight lifestyle changes can make a world of difference; taking fiber supplements, cutting out high gas food, and minimizing stress by exercise, yoga, visualization, or counseling.

Here are some tips for dining out with IBS:

Before Hand:

At the restaurant:

So what do you recommend for dining out?

Certain foods you can enjoy without stressing about triggering your IBS Symptoms! Here is a list of foods that are yummy and safe:

Living with IBS can be bothersome, traumatizing, and scary. Having IBS doesn't have to put a dent in your social life with some carefully followed tips; you can still enjoy dining out and not be worried about irritable bowel syndrome.

Sources:

http://ibs.about.com/od/livingwithibs/a/DiningIBS.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/irritable-bowel-syndrome/DS00106


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