IBS Diet

November 12, 2012

IBS Diet

If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome you are more than likely to know that a diet which may suit one IBS sufferer won’t work for another one. But if you start to take note and recognise the workings of your body and what it needs you are then armed with information that will help you to set up an IBS diet that suits you. This means you are able to make healthy food choices that suit your body. To become knowledgeable in your quest for a healthy diet it is important to keep a record of all the food you eat. You should also know how to take part in an elimination diet.

To understand the relationship between foods you eat and your body it is necessary to keep a food diary. This is an easy and simple record of noting what food you eat and how you feel after you have eaten particular foods. This allows you to identify food that may be a problem for you. It may be that stress is a factor in your IBS symptoms and the diary allows for transparency.

The only way of knowing if a particular food is triggering your IBS is to take part in an elimination diet. You will need to have an awareness of some of the foods you think are triggering the IBS and then removing this food completely from your IBS diet or perhaps only for a short time.

Suffering from food intolerance and food allergies are quite rare but it may be that your symptoms of IBS are as a result of the body having difficulty with particular foods. There are many who get slightly confused between food intolerance and a food allergy. Food intolerance occurs when the gastrointestinal tract is not able to digest a particular food but a food allergy will set of a response from the body’s immune system.

There is a limited amount of research available that suggest food allergies may be a reason for some of the IBS symptoms in some patients. If you think you may suffer from a food allergy, contact your doctor. More than likely you will be recommended to use an elimination diet and also an introduction to the food that you may suspect is the reason for the allergy.

IBS symptoms can appear in many different guises in each individual patient but there certain action plans that can apply to all sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome.

For many who suffer from IBS they worry about what food they should eat and also the manner in which they eat in case it worsens the IBS symptoms. There are small changes that can be made to your IBS diet that are dependent on your own digestive symptoms that you experience. There are particular foods that are known as irritants and can cause symptoms of IBS to erupt. Should this be the case for you avoid the foods you know that are irritants until your digestive system has recovered. There have been studies carried out by researchers that suggest particular foods known as FODMAPs may contribute in setting off symptoms of IBS. This diet should only be followed on the advice and guidance of the nutritionist to make sure your body is receiving the correct amount of nutrition.

IBS sufferers report saying they were slightly reluctant to cook in fear they may trigger symptoms of IBS. There are now various recipes, including many low fat recipes that can be used without fear of triggering of IBS symptoms. Check online for a wide ranging variety of recipes or your local library to include in your IBS diet.

Many people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome report an improvement in their symptoms if they follow a low carbohydrate diet. There is a wide selection of low carbohydrate diets available on line and these are recommended as IBS friendly and a good choice to include in an IBS diet.


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