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Diets for IBS?

06/12/2009 - Questions and Answers

Diets for IBS?

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Do you have any information on the best diet for irritable bowel syndrome?
 

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IBS sufferers are sometimes intolerant of certain foods, such as wheat products or milk. An irritant effect can lead, because of visceral hypersensitivity, to poor digestion, excessive gas, bloating, and intestinal 'hurry'. The first line of treatment should be a change in diet - for instance, the gradual introduction of a low-fiber diet for diarrhea, or the reverse for constipation. Obvious irritants should be avoided, and a cautious trial of a gluten- or wheat-free diet may be appropriate.
 

Sometimes a 'diet & attack diary' can help identify trigger foods. Probiotics (e.g. yogurts, acidophilus supplements) may be helpful in some patients. Stress--feeling mentally or emotionally tense, troubled, angry, or overwhelmed--stimulates colon spasms in people with IBS.
 

Check the links below for more information

 

Related Links
Aetna:Intelihealth: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Alternative Medicine: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Stress - Coping With Everyday Problems

Created on: 12/03/2003
Reviewed on: 06/12/2009

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