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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diet Guide

by Kathryn Whittaker

Copyright 2005

One in five Northern Americans has irritable bowel syndrome

(IBS), which makes it one of the most common disorders

diagnosed today. Irritable bowel syndrome usually hits the

person around age 20 and is more common among women than in


Irritable bowel syndrome is actually a disease, although

doctors consider it a functional disorder. However, even though

the syndrome can cause considerable pain and discomfort, it does

not actually damage the digestive system.

Irritable bowel syndrome disturbs the normal functions of the

colon, particularly how the muscles in the intestines work,

causing a lot of embarrassment and pain. Irritable bowel

syndrome does not cause internal bleeding, but may worsen a

medical condition if you already have one.

No one really knows why certain people develop IBS. Researchers

believe that people with Irritable bowel syndrome have sensitive

colons that react to aggravating foods and certain emotional

conditions, most commonly, to stress, conflict, or upsets.

Antidepressants are often used to relieve stress-related

irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Some doctors link colon

sensitivity to weak immune systems.

No cure has been found yet for irritable bowel syndrome. Your

doctor might prescribe fiber supplements or occasional

laxatives to ease constipation, as well as medicines to help

with diarrhea, or drugs that calm down abdominal pain, but

careful eating is the most important step in reducing irritable

bowel syndrome symptoms. Many irritable bowel syndrome sufferers

can successfully control their symptoms with simple diet

changes. Quite often, when you increase your fiber intake,

Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms are relieved.

Eating more fiber can be easier than you think. Whole grain

breads and cereals, fruits, and vegetables are both delicious

and rich in healthy fiber. Fiber-rich diet results in regular

bowel movements and better colon cleansing. However, fiber will

make you feel worse if you have pain or diarrhea because

high-fiber diets may cause some discomfort at first, but do not

panic. You simply need a few days to adjust to the new diet.

Positive changes take time if your colon is more irritated than


When starting fiber-rich diet, stick to plain foods like white

rice, plain unflavored oatmeal, rice cereal, pasta, peeled

potatoes. Incorporate insoluble fibers carefully by blending

fresh fruit with soy or rice milk making delicious and

nutritious cocktails. You can always add vegetables into soups

or pasta sauces. Grilled, not fried, fish filet or low-fat

chicken breast goes well with your pasta or rice. Eat fruits

and vegetables as much as possible. To increase fiber intake,

drink psyllium or flaxseed dissolved in water, such as Citrucel

or Metamucil.

In general, try eating foods that are low in fat and high in

carbohydrates, such as whole grain pasta and breads,

unprocessed (not quick-cooking) rice and cereals. Avoid food

that is high in fat, insoluble fiber, caffeine, coffee,

carbonation, or alcohol.

When relieving irritable bowel syndrome symptoms through

dietary means, you should keep your water intake at a maximum.

Water prevents dehydration, especially if you have diarrhea.

Drink plain water. Carbonated drinks, such as sodas, may result

in increased levels of gas and cause pain in the abdomen.

Irritable bowel syndrome may require you to change the way you

eat your meals. Big portions of food can cause cramping and

diarrhea. To prevent these occurrences eat smaller portions and

plan your meals so that you eat more frequently. Less food

requires less effort from your bowels, so the message is to eat

little and often.

When following these simple diet guidelines people can start

living a normal, happy, outgoing life. Diarrhea and pain should

reduce in just a few days. Constipation, however, can take

several weeks to relieve, but it is worth persevering. Besides,

you will look and feel healthier, too!

About The Author: Kathryn writes articles on a number of

different topics. For more information on IBS please visit and for additional

articles on Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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