Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (cont.)

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Is there an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diet?

What you eat and how you eat can affect IBS symptoms. While it may not be possible to completely prevent IBS symptoms, you may find that certain foods trigger IBS symptoms. To help figure out which foods cause you symptoms, a doctor may suggest keeping a food diary.

Some foods can help in the prevention of symptoms.

Foods to eat that may provide IBS symptom relief (home remedies and others) for some people

  • Dietary fiber supplements
  • Water
  • Low-fat foods
  • High-carbohydrate foods (such as whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and whole grain breads)
  • Probiotics
  • Some people report kefir or aloe Vera juice helps symptoms. Talk to a doctor about these home remedies.

Foods to avoid or limit if you have IBS

  • Dairy products, including milk and cheese (Lactose intolerance symptoms can be similar to IBS symptoms.)
  • Certain vegetables that increase gas (such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts), and legumes (such as beans).
  • Fatty or fried foods
  • Alcohol, caffeine, or soda
  • Foods high in sugars
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Chewing gum

What lifestyle changes may help IBS symptoms?

Some lifestyle changes can also help relieve symptoms, are

Is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) related to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)?

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is considered one of the factors that may produce signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The medical data from studies done on SIBO are conflicting.

Some studies show an increase in gas production by intestinal bacteria as a cause of the pain and bloating associated with IBS. However, other studies done to determine if SIBO is the cause of IBS and if antibiotic treatment of SIBO is helpful in reducing or eliminating IBS symptoms have not been conclusive.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/29/2015

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