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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (cont.)

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Is there an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diet? Are there IBS home remedies?

What one eats and how one eats can affect the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. While it may not be possible to completely prevent IBS symptoms, one may find that certain foods trigger IBS symptoms. To help figure out which foods cause symptoms, a doctor may suggest keeping a food diary.

Foods to avoid or limit with 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

Some foods can help in the prevention of symptoms.

Foods to eat with IBS:

  • Dietary fiber supplements
  • Water
  • Low-fat foods
  • High-carbohydrate foods (such as whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and whole grain breads)
  • Probiotics
  • Some people report kefir or aloe vera juice helps symptoms. Talk to a doctor about these home remedies.

Some lifestyle changes can also help relieve symptoms, including

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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/20/2015

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