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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (cont.)

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What are the treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Dietary modifications are the first treatment that should be tried to treat IBS. There are several types of foods in particular that often trigger IBS symptoms and should be eliminated or limited:

  • Dairy products, including milk and cheese. Lactose intolerance symptoms can be similar to IBS symptoms.
  • Certain vegetables that increase gas (such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts), and legumes (such as beans)
  • Fatty or fried foods
  • Alcohol, caffeine, or soda
  • Artificial sweeteners

Some foods and lifestyle changes can help lessen symptoms of IBS. Foods that may be incorporated into the diet and lifestyle changes can make include:

  • Take dietary fiber supplements
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat more low-fat foods
  • Eat more high carbohydrate foods (such as whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and whole grain breads)
  • Talk to a doctor about adding probiotics to your diet
  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals may also help reduce symptoms
  • Quit smoking
  • Incorporate exercise into your lifestyle (3 to 5 days a week, and consult a doctor before starting any exercise program)
  • Try stress reduction techniques
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/28/2014

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