Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is an often debilitating condition that causes abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation. Since certain foods have been shown to aggravate or improve symptoms, it's a good idea to learn some methods to help reduce flare ups.
Manage Your IBS
Following a specific diet for a health condition can help improve your quality of life by helping you identify food triggers in order to prevent symptoms from occurring. The following IBS diet sheets are intended to educate you about which foods are likely to worsen or improve your symptoms.
The recommendations below are based on the FODMAP diet, a diet based on the belief that certain food compounds trigger IBS symptoms. These compounds include:
- Sugar alcohols
Many gastroenterologists believe that IBS symptoms can be controlled by eliminating or greatly restricting these compounds in your diet and working to manage stress and stay active.
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IBS Foods to Avoid
This printable diet sheet lists foods that are most likely to cause uncomfortable IBS symptoms.
IBS Friendly Foods
This printable diet sheet lists foods that are IBS friendly and least likely to cause symptoms.
Eat Your Way to Good Gut Health
To help you figure out what your food triggers are, keep a food journal by writing down everything you eat and any symptoms you experience. You'll need to keep the journal for a few weeks to figure out patterns in your body's reactions. Once you've identified which foods worsen your symptoms, simply eliminate those foods.
For many people, IBS symptoms can be significantly improved through diet changes. However, it's still important to consult your doctor. Gastrointestinal discomfort can be symptom of other more serious digestive conditions such as celiac disease or Crohn's disease.
Irritable bowel syndrome should not negatively affect your quality of life. Talk to your doctor about following an IBS-friendly diet to take back control and enjoy a happy gut.