Do you suffer from bloating, gas, or abdominal pain after eating? Do certain foods send you to the bathroom more often or cause constipation? If so, you could be dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. If you’ve been diagnosed with this condition, also called IBS, you can keep your symptoms under control by trying a variety of different diets designed to reduce flare-ups.
What is IBS?
IBS is a digestive disorder that can cause extreme changes in bowel movements. IBS is different for everyone – some have diarrhea while others suffer from constipation. The intense abdominal pain associated with IBS can impact a patient’s daily routine, making it difficult to work or enjoy daily activities.
How Can Special Diets Help with IBS?
Medication is available for the treatment of IBS, but most doctors suggest patients try to adopt a diet that will reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of the condition. Because IBS is different for everyone, you may need to try several diets before you find the right one for you.
Diets That Can Help Control IBS
The following are some of the diets that doctors and nutritionists recommend for patients with IBS: High Fiber Diet
- Eat foods high in fiber like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to avoid constipation.
- If you have abdominal cramping during your high fiber diet, stick to soluble fiber from fruits and vegetables and eliminate grains.
Low Fiber Diet For those with frequent bouts of diarrhea and gas, a low fiber diet may be your best option.
- Before eliminating all fiber from your diet, see if you can tolerate foods high in soluble fiber like apples, carrots, berries, and oatmeal.
- Soluble fiber dissolves in water rather than adding bulk to stools like insoluble fiber.
- Avoid foods rich in insoluble fiber such as nuts, whole grains, raisins, broccoli, and cabbage.
Low FODMAP Diet FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides, And Polyols. FODMAPs are different kinds of carbohydrates that include fructose, lactose, sugar alcohols, and more that cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and gas.
- Low FODMAP foods you should try, include almonds, coconut, rice, soymilk, berries, bananas, carrots, potatoes, leafy greens, tomatoes, bell pepper, and more.
- High FODMAP foods to avoid include foods made from wheat, barley, rye, artichokes, artificial sweeteners, beans, cashews, dried fruits, ice cream, mushrooms, and more.
- Your doctor can give you a detailed list of low FODMAP foods to include in your diet.
Don’t let the symptoms of IBS get in the way of enjoying an active lifestyle. If you have IBS, contact us today for a consultation with one of the doctors at Gotham Gastroenterology today. Our trained physicians will work with you to pinpoint the right diet to control your IBS symptoms.