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The Foods Which Makes Irritable Bowel Syndrome Worse

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Learning to Live with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the bowels that is recognized by its regular symptoms of abdominal pain and bowel habit changes not related to any abnormalities similar with routine clinical testing. Symptoms that are associated with irritable bowel syndrome include: acute diarrhea, bloating, constipation, fever, and vomiting. While a person can find and maintain a healthy diet despite the troublesome effects of irritable bowel syndrome, it is important to recognize and avoid the foods that trigger the effects.

Knowing What to Avoid

There is no real "set" diet for irritable bowel syndrome, as every person is different. However, it is important to know what the "triggers" are of setting off an attack of irritable bowel syndrome, and what to do to avoid it. To help chart for related symptoms, it is recommended to keep a food diary to see what foods make a person feel badly, and what is eaten throughout the day. Keeping notes will allow person to see what foods can be kept, and what foods to eliminate. There are a few changes that an irritable bowel syndrome sufferer can do to avoid potential problems:

  • Read labels of products (including medicines).
  • Avoid fried foods, as it can cause digestive problems.
  • Avoid large meals, as they can cause cramping and diarrhea.
  • Chewing gum can lead to a person swallowing air, which can cause gas.
  • Eating meals too quickly can also cause gas by swallowing air.

A Menu to Eliminate

There are some foods that make the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome worse. Foods that have been known to cause these problems are alcoholic beverages, nicotine, dairy products, high fat foods, highly acidic foods, spicy foods, chocolate, sorbitol, and foods associated with the production of gas. However, it should be noted that the foods to eliminate listed here may vary based on the individual. It is recommended that these foods should either be avoided, or cut down significantly in a person's diet.

Tips for an Alternative 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. It is also important to drink at least six to eight glasses of water, because water is absorbed by any fiber in the system and helps to keep stools soft. As with any medical condition, it is important to check with a doctor to see what diet will be best for an individual.

Sources:

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

http://forwomen.gov/faq/ibs.htm

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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