Printable Diet For IBS

Jan 25, 2023
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IBS: What is it?

A gastrointestinal (GI) illness called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by recurring episodes of abdominal discomfort or pain that are related to bowel movements. Around the world, this illness may affect children, adults, and people of both sexes and can affect up to 5–10% of people.

Despite the fact that IBS does not decrease a person's life, it is connected with a significant financial and medical impact. Studies have revealed that people with IBS undergo more doctor visits, diagnostic, and surgical procedures. The quality of life of an individual might also be negatively impacted by IBS.

Which foods are best to avoid if you have IBS?

It is fairly typical to have pain in the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which might impact one's health. Despite the fact that there is no known treatment for IBS, several foods and drugs can exacerbate the condition. It might help to stay away from the following foods:

Milk. For those who are allergic to milk, milk and other dairy products like ice cream and cheese might make them feel bloated and gassy. Yogurt stands out as an exception, despite the fact that milk is frequently the main cause of discomfort for certain IBS patients when they consume dairy products. Yogurt is just less to trigger gastric problems since the living microorganisms dissolve the lactose.

Consuming Fructose-Rich Foods. Refined sugars, commonly sold candies, snacks, and soft drinks all include high fructose corn syrup as a primary ingredient, which can make IBS symptoms worse. In addition, it has been shown that certain extremely healthful foods, such as pears, apples, and dried fruits, are surprisingly high in fructose, which when consumed can have some of the same harmful effects as lactose that is not well-absorbed. Bananas, citrus fruits, and berries are among the fruits that are lower in fructose and may be preferable for those who suffer from IBS.

Carbonated Drinks. Avoid drinking soda and seltzer since these kinds of drinks have a similar effervescent impact on the glycemic index tract. It is best to drink only water and lactose-free milk. Be aware that fruit-based drinks usually contain significant levels of fructose before you consider putting juice into that mix.

Caffeine. Diarrhea is a key IBS symptom that caffeine can cause. Caffeine is found in large amounts in coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate, and several over-the-counter painkillers intended to treat headaches; thoroughly check the labels.

Chewing gum without added sugar. Numerous sugar-free gums contain sugar substitutes such as sorbitol and xylitol, which have been linked to diarrhea. Gum chewing also increases gas and air in the stomach.

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What dietary advice is offered to those with IBS?

Avoid focusing on meals that can seem to worsen symptoms when following an IBS-friendly diet. Your symptoms could be brought on by the act of eating rather than a specific food. The digestive system is stimulated by food, and IBS patients may experience an overreaction. Here is the advice you need to follow:

  • Consider spreading out your meals during the day by eating smaller portion sizes more frequently. Try five or six regularly spaced-out little meals as opposed to three.
  • Do not eat quickly; take your time.
  • Try and prevent meals that overwhelm anyone's digestive system, such as meals that are huge or heavy in fat. Breakfast is indeed the meal that will stimulate the colon and cause a bowel movement when you are constipated, so try to eat it.


Start stopping a certain food from your diet for roughly 12 weeks if you believe it to be an issue. (If you think you're doing more than one, stop one at a time so you can figure out which one is causing you issues.) Continue eating it if nothing changes.

What factors can cause IBS to flare up?

Here are some examples of symptoms of IBS that might be caused by, in case you know someone who has it and wishes to help them avoid the causes of triggers:

Food. Uncertainty exists regarding the contribution of dietary intolerance or allergies to IBS. Real food allergies rarely result in IBS. But many individuals find that when they consume particular foods or drinks, their IBS symptoms become worse. These include milk, wheat, beans, citrus fruits, cabbage, dairy products, and fizzy beverages.

Stress. The majority of IBS sufferers report that times of greater stress make their symptoms severe or more often. However, stress does not actually create symptoms; it only makes them severe.

What does the phrase "IBS with diarrhea" mean?

IBS comes in a variety of forms, and IBS with diarrhea is one of them. Your big intestine is the area most commonly impacted. Frequent bowel movements and nausea are typical signs of IBS with diarrhea. Some IBS sufferers who experience diarrhea from time to time experience bowel incontinence.

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