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How to Manage IBS through Diet

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, often presents its victims with pain, bloating, and stomachaches. Learn how to minimize the symptoms by making smart food decisions.


  • Step 1: 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.
  • TIP: Even decaffeinated coffee can trigger an IBS episode.
  • Step 2: Choose fiber-rich foods Eat foods rich in fiber, such as dark and leafy greens, legumes, whole-wheat flour, and nuts.
  • Step 3: 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.
  • Step 4: Use medications 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.
  • Step 5: 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.
  • FACT: Ancient Egyptians used castor oil as a medicine and as a laxative.

You Will Need

  • Low-gas
  • low-irritation foods
  • Soluble fiber
  • Laxatives
  • Anti-diarrheals
  • Doctor
  • Dietitian

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