Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Triggers and Prevention
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) triggers and prevention introduction
By taking steps to prevent the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it is possible to lead a productive, healthy life. With some planning, you can avoid IBS triggers that cause symptom flares. Your doctor can provide a complete treatment plan for IBS prevention.
Print out this list of common IBS triggers and prevention strategies. Keep it handy for reference. It may help you identify your personal triggers in your IBS symptom journal. Triggers and symptoms may vary depending on your type of IBS. And when you're having a bad day, remember to persist with healthy management of your condition.
"Realize that it's not always smooth sailing. That's a part of IBS," says Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author of the American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion. "You can't beat yourself up."
1. Diet Triggers for IBS Constipation
Some foods can worsen IBS-related constipation. These include:
- Refined breads and cereals
- Refined foods such as chips and cookies
- Drinks such as coffee, carbonated drinks, and alcohol
- High-protein diets - Learn about the healthy foods on a high protein diet.
- Gradually boost fiber intake by two to three grams per day until you're
eating 20 to 35 grams per day. Good sources of fiber include whole grain bread
and cereals, beans, fruits, and vegetables.
- Consume a moderate amount of foods higher in sorbitol, such as dried plums
and prune juice.
- Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of plain water a day.
- Try ground flaxseed. It can be sprinkled on salads and cooked vegetables.
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