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Suffering from IBS? Here are the foods to avoid and enjoy

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The Mayo Clinic says individuals with IBS experience cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation.

IBS is a chronic disorder, which means it can last for years. Doctors may recommend dietary changes to help treat symptoms. Dietary changes typically must be instituted for several weeks to see if symptoms improve.

Dr. Gail Cresci, a dietician and researcher, often recommends easily digestible foods, an approach to eating known as a low-FODMAP diet. The Cleveland Clinic says FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols.

FODMAPs are carbohydrates that are not easily digested nor absorbed by the small intestines. Researchers also found they increase the amount of fluid in the bowel. Undigested carbohydrates are later metabolized by intestinal bacteria in the colon, which produces excess gas. The fluid and gas in the bowel leads to bloating and can cause diarrhea and/or constipation as well as abdominal pain.


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