Foods for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Diet - Grilled Fish

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very unpleasant state of the stomach. The symptoms are pain in the abdomen, diarrhea and constipation. The last two can be alternating so the patient cannot foresee whether it will be one or the other. The actual IBS causes are not very clear. Doctors say that the causes of irritable bowel syndrome can be because of overactivity of the gut muscles. Usually stress and anxiety play a big role in the manifestation of IBS and many patients recall that their first encounter with the syndrome was after a stressful event. There is some proof that the IBS may be caused by some foods that the sufferer cannot tolerate. Also a virus or bacteria can be the reason for this state of the guts and the intake of antibiotics as they can ruin the natural flora of the intestines.


IBS requires a strict dietary regime. The bad foods for irritable bowel syndrome are milk and dairy products as they have a certain bacteria that can inflame the IBS, high-fiber foods (high-fiber bread, cereals, pasta, popcorn, nuts), raw vegetables especially cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, sweeteners, beans and lentils, garlic and onions, coffee, alcohol, carbonated drinks, red meat, chocolate, sauces and dips (ketchup, soy sauce, chutney, etc.). The foods for irritable bowel syndrome that will make you feel better and will ease the unpleasant sensation are lean chicken and turkey meat, wild caught fish as it contains lean protein, brown rice as it contains soluble fiber, soybeans and peas as they contain soluble fiber, yoghurt with probiotics because they create a good environment in your guts, organic raw honey, goat’s cheese that can substitute the cow’s milk, green tea and organic fruit juices.

All foods have elements that we need. So when you limit most of them there is a risk that you can create an immune deficiency. This is why it is important to add to your diet supplements of vitamins and minerals that the forbidden foods contain. Thus you will be able to keep your diet strictly and you will not miss any useful food nutrients.

As IBS can cause you constipation it is necessary that you drink a lot of water which is warm because it will help for the natural digestive processes to go smooth. If you follow the advice of the doctor you hopefully will be able to overcome the unpleasant symptoms of IBS.

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