Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Constipation

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If you have IBS-related constipation, what are the triggers? What dietary changes have you made?

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What foods in the diet trigger constipation in IBS?

Any food or fluids that tend to dehydrate a person is likely to trigger constipation in people with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Foods that people with IBS should avoid include:

  • Chocolate
  • Dairy products such as milk and cheese (particularly those that contain lactose),
  • Red meat,
  • Unripe bananas
  • Items that contain caffeine if you are slightly dehydrated.
  • Coffee, carbonated drinks and alcohol may lead to dehydration and constipation in IBS patients (and other people, too).

Foods that help prevent constipation

Foods that help prevent constipation in people with and in other people include:

  • Prunes
  • Various types of beans
  • Whole grain breads like rye bread
  • Pears and fruits like kiwi
  • Vegetables that will help boost fiber intake
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Comment from: manpreet singh, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 08

I'm suffering from IBS since last 5 years. I am taking fluoxetine 20 mg and now getting full relief with this medicine but when I try to withdraw this medicine my symptoms relapse. I avoid fast food and all types of drinks.

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