Foods And Irritable Bowel Syndrome

One way to help control your irritable bowel symptoms is by changing your diet.  The foods you can eat will change as your symptoms change.  Some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, flatulence and pain.

Everyone is different so it will be difficult for your health professional to make dietary recommendations for you pinpointing the foods that trigger you IBS.  If you have been suffering with IBS for a long time you probably already have a good idea of what foods trigger an episode.

When you are having a problem with your IBS you might want to eat bland foods until the worst of it is over.  You might want to follow the BRATY diet during this time and that diet includes bananas, rice, applesauce, toast and yogurt.  Not everyone will respond well to this diet, but some IBS patients find it helpful. Other foods that may help calm your digestive system are black tea, peppermint candies and ginger ale.

If you are suffering diarrhea it is very important that you replenish the fluids you are losing because of this problem.  You cannot afford to become dehydrated from loss of fluids.

Dehydration can make you very ill and may even cause hospitalization.

The smart way to determine what foods cause the problems with your IBS is to try eliminating whole categories of foods from your diet and then reintroducing them one at a time.  This will give you a clear picture of what is causing your symptoms.

Learning when to eat and what to eat can play an important role in controlling your IBS.  Your diet can make a huge difference in how you are able to live your life.  When you learn to eat to control your IBS you can learn to live life to the fullest.  You will not have to deprive yourself of things you like to do.  Knowing what you can safely eat will allow you to choose sensibly when dining at a restaurant.

Some foods that are apt to trigger your IBS include fries, greasy foods and other foods high in fat. These types of foods should be avoided.  Bake, broil or grill your chicken or fish and your occasional red meat.  Be sure you trim the fat from your red meat before you cook it.  For French fries, instead of frying them in oil bake them in the oven after spraying with a nonstick cooking spray.  The spray will help the baked fries get nice and crispy.

For some people with IBS the dairy foods cause a problem.  If you suspect this is the case with you then eliminate dairy for a week.  Then try some yogurt.  If this is okay with your digestive system add some milk or cheese.  Keep doing this until you find out what, if anything, triggers a flare-up.  Lactose intolerance is a big reason for some people to have irritable bowel syndrome.


Another thing that causes flare-ups in some people is anything made from wheat or that has gluten.  You may have an allergy to gluten.  If your symptoms improve by eliminating gluten talk with your medical professional about being tested for a gluten allergy.

Once you have learned what foods work best for you then you can make good choices. You can avoid the anxiety of worrying about an IBS flare-up if you know the foods you are eating will work well with your digestive system and you will not encounter a problem.