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The Foods Which Make Irritable Bowel Syndrome Better

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Getting a Handle on Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The condition known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder that is recognized by its symptoms of abdominal pain and bowel habit changes that are not related to any abnormalities associated with routine clinical testing. Symptoms that are associated with irritable bowel syndrome are:

  • Acute diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Fever
  • Vomiting

One of the biggest factors in treating the effects of irritable bowel syndrome is by changing dietary habits. Through careful eating, the negative effects can be reduced so that eating can become a more pleasurable experience.

Customizing the Right Diet

Starting a high fiber diet is an easy, healthy option that allows multiple food choices. Eating foods with high fiber can help to lessen the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, particularly constipation. However, a new diet may not help with initially lowering the related symptoms. Getting used to a high fiber diet may initially may cause some discomfort for those who have issues with abdominal pain or diarrhea, but it will take a few days to get used to the new diet, as some people may experience gas and bloating. It is recommended to add fiber intake slowly so that the body can get used to the diet and decrease the chances of any related side effects.

A Menu of Options

There are several options that are beneficial (and delicious) for a high fiber diet. Recommended foods that are high in fiber are:

  • Whole grain pasta, breads and cereals
  • Fruits, and vegetables
  • White rice
  • Plain unflavored oatmeal
  • Rice cereal
  • Pasta
  • Peeled Potatoes
  • Grilled fish fillet
  • Low fat chicken breast

Any foods that are low in fat and high in carbohydrates are the best options and provide softer digestion.

Drinking to a Gentler Stomach

For drinking options, there are also several choices for quenching a person's thirst. Insoluble fibers can be mixed into the diet by blending fresh fruit with soy or rice milk for healthy cocktail options. To further increase fiber intake, it is recommended to drink psyllium or flaxseed dissolved in water. It is also important to drink at least six to eight glasses of water because fiber absorbs water and helps to keep stools soft.

Watch What You Eat

Even with treatment and a change in diet, irritable bowel syndrome can take a while to recover from. To find out which foods work best against an individual person's irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, it is recommended to keep a food journal that notes the foods that seem to cause digestive problems. Keeping notes will allow person to see what foods work and what doesn't affect related symptoms so that foods can be introduced to a diet or removed as needed. By talking to a doctor and a health professional, finding the best diet choices will make meal times a more tolerable and less painful experience.

Sources:

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/ibs/#help

http://health.yahoo.com/digestive-treatment/controlling-irritable-bowel-syndrome-with-diet/healthwise--uf4696.html

http://health.learninginfo.org/irritable-bowel-syndrome.htm

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