Up next in Digestion & Stomach Problems (24 videos)
Find out what's causing your stomach or intestinal distress, how to treat it, and how to prevent it from happening again, with these videos.
You Will Need
- Low-gas, low-irritation foods
- Soluble fiber
Know what to avoid
Avoid well-known gastrointestinal triggers, such as foods high in fat, insoluble fiber, refined foods, caffeine, coffee, carbonated beverages, and alcohol.
Choose fiber-rich foods
Eat foods rich in fiber, such as dark and leafy greens, legumes, whole-wheat flour, and nuts.
Use a fiber supplement
Utilize a fiber supplement, such as wheat bran or an over-the-counter supplement, to increase bowel movements and avoid constipation.
Consider using a laxative for constipation or an anti-diarrheal for severe bouts of IBS. Be aware, though, that long-term use of such medications can actually worsen symptoms.
Work with a nutritionist
Ask your doctor to recommend a registered dietician. A dietician can help you avoid IBS triggers and tailor a healthy menu to your lifestyle.