Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (cont.)
John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Bhupinder S. Anand, MBBS, MD, DPHIL (OXON)
Dr. Anand received MBBS degree from Medical College Amritsar, University of Punjab. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Postgraduate Institute of medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. He was trained in the field of Gastroenterology and obtained the DPhil degree. Dr. Anand is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
In this Article
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) facts
- What causes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- What are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms and signs?
- How is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diagnosed?
- What are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) treatments?
- IBS medications
- Is there an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diet?
- What lifestyle changes may help IBS symptoms?
- Is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) related to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)?
- What is the prognosis for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- Find a local Gastroenterologist in your town
Is there an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diet?
What you eat and how you eat can affect IBS symptoms. While it may not be possible to completely prevent IBS symptoms, you may find that certain foods trigger IBS symptoms. To help figure out which foods cause you symptoms, a doctor may suggest keeping a food diary.
Some foods can help in the prevention of symptoms.
Foods to eat that may provide IBS symptom relief (home remedies and others) for some people
- Dietary fiber supplements
- Low-fat foods
- High-carbohydrate foods (such as whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and whole grain breads)
- Some people report kefir or aloe Vera juice helps symptoms. Talk to a doctor about these home remedies.
Foods to avoid or limit if you have IBS
- 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
- Foods high in sugars
- Artificial sweeteners
- Chewing gum
What lifestyle changes may help IBS symptoms?
Some lifestyle changes can also help relieve symptoms, are
- eat smaller, more frequent meals;
- quit smoking;
- exercise regularly;
- avoid caffeine; and
- use stress management and relaxation techniques.
Is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) related to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)?
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is considered one of the factors that may produce signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The medical data from studies done on SIBO are conflicting.
Some studies show an increase in gas production by intestinal bacteria as a cause of the pain and bloating associated with IBS. However, other studies done to determine if SIBO is the cause of IBS and if antibiotic treatment of SIBO is helpful in reducing or eliminating IBS symptoms have not been conclusive.
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