IBS Diet Plan:
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is often defined as ‘abdominal pain and
discomfort with altered bowel habits’. For people who suffer from the condition
though, this may be putting it mildly. Symptoms can vary significantly and
different people are affected in different ways, similarly different foods can
cause different symptoms and each case is often unique.
Do you map your daily travels around the location of toilets?
Or do you have constipation - or worse still, a combination of both?
If you suspect you may be suffering from IBS it is
essential that you discuss your concerns with your doctor first and rule out
other more dangerous diseases.
There are a few recommended ‘rules’ for IBS sufferers, the first of which is drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated will not only aid digestion but will also help to soften stools. Paying particular attention to fibre too will be of benefit.
Soluble fibre (in oats and pulses) is known to soften your stools, thus helping IBS sufferers. But insoluble fibre (bran and wholegrain bread) can act as an irritant on your gut. It is for this reason that fruit intake may be limited, not only does fruit contain high amounts of insoluble fibre but fructose too has been noted to cause irritation.
Eating smaller meals more frequently and chewing each mouthful well can also aid digestion. Larger meals may overload your gut, increasing the chance that food will ferment in your bowel, creating excess gas which is one of the problems that causes the pain of IBS.
People suffering from irritable
bowel syndrome know how difficult it is to establish a good eating plan. Certain
foods can cause major discomfort but figuring out which foods cause the
symptoms is a highly individual process.
Despite the fact the exact cause of IBS is unknown, diet and lifestyle factors such as stress and fatigue are believed to play a large role.
Keeping a food intake diary is a good way to identify your individual triggers. Also, note your mood and work schedule, so that you can easily see how possible lifestyle factors are affecting you.
Avoidance of intolerated
foods is therefore the best form of treatment available, figuring out these
foods however, is the first step.
To begin with, why not try a partial or complete juicing diet.
This will help the elimination process and then you can
slowly reintroduce foods, which will highlight trigger foods
Each person is unique, but in general foods that are high in fat, fried foods, spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeinated coffee and tea can be problematic. Some foods (windy foods) such as beans, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, peas, onions, that can cause minor discomfort in a normal GI tract can cause significant bloating, gas, and abdominal pain in IBS sufferers.
The key to a successful IBS diet plan is to find a nutritionally balanced diet with adequate fibre intake that won’t trigger debilitating abdominal pain and bloating, and frantic dashes to the toilet.
Often focusing on fibre alone will not address the removal of potential trigger foods from the diet which is why a personal food diary is so important.
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