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Are There Foods to Avoid on an Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diet Plan?

0 2 years ago

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can take the fun out of eating sometimes, especially if you’re still learning what types of foods set off your symptoms. Unfortunately, that means there isn’t just one irritable bowel syndrome diet that helps everyone with the condition feel better.

“What works for one person with IBS might not work for someone else,” Christine Henigan M.S., R.D., L.D.N., a clinical dietitian at Jefferson Lansdale Hospital in Philadelphia, tells SELF.

For example, some people with IBS notice their symptoms are calmer when they add more fiber to their diet, while others have better luck eating less fiber—kind of confusing, right?

That’s why finding the best IBS diet for you may take a bit of experimentation, and you might even have to work with your doctor or a registered dietitian to develop the diet that truly keeps

  • IBS with constipation (IBS-C), which means you have less than three bowel movements per week, incomplete bowel movements, and/or hard-to-pass stools.
  • IBS with diarrhea (IBS-D), which is characterized by frequent stools that are loose or watery.
  • IBS with mixed bowel habits (IBS-M), which is, you guessed it, when you experience a combination of constipation and diarrhea.
  • Post-infectious IBS, which develops suddenly after a GI infection, per the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders. Generally, people with this type of IBS mainly deal with diarrhea, but can also have mixed symptoms. Some people feel better with time even without medication, but the recovery period is different for everyone, typically ranging from weeks to months, sometimes even longer.

IBS sets off these symptoms because the condition changes how your bowel muscles contract. Those who have weaker intestinal contractions will experience more constipation since food passes through their digestive system slowly. On the other hand, those who have stronger intestinal contractions end up with diarrhea, since food moves through their system much faster, according to the Cleveland Clinic.


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