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What should you eat if you have irritable bowel syndrome and what should you avoid?

What should you eat if you have irritable bowel syndrome and what should you avoid?

IBS: That's a very difficulty question to answer since different people react differently to various foods. Common sense would be - avoid overeating, foods that are known to take time to digest - high fat, fried foods. Caffeine is a known irritant, so avoid that. Some may not like diary due to worsening diarrhea. If you're on the loose side, fiber rich foods can make you worse. Try and find what works! ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. Additionally, patients with IBS usually have problems with gut motility. Triggers for IBS include certain foods, and elevated stress levels. Lastly, symptoms of IBS ...Read more


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If you have irritable bowel syndrome, what is best to eat?

If you have irritable bowel syndrome, what is best to eat?

No specific diet: There is no specific exclusion diets for ibs, although many patients have difficulty tolerating water insoluble fibers, excessive dietary fats, fizzy drinks, & bowel stimulants (caffeine). If lactose, bean husk, sorbitol, &/or gluten intolerant it is best to avoid these foods or use appropriate enzyme supplements with them. Keep a food diary. Also, read "relief from ibs" by elaine shimberg. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop irritable bowel syndrome? Happens even when I don't eat anything all day.

What can I do to stop irritable bowel syndrome? Happens even when I don't eat anything all day.

Not eating not good: Not eating leads to its own GI manifestations as the gut 'clears itself' to prepare for food. This normal process may make you think your gut is acting up. I suggest you eat small meals of healthy food regularly. ...Read more

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Why do I seem to have irritable bowel syndrome every time i eat something fattening? What is the mechanism behind what 's causing the freq bowels?

Why do I seem to have irritable bowel syndrome every time i eat something fattening?  What is the mechanism behind what 's causing the freq bowels?

It depends on what: Symptoms are you having. Remember ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion. Youhave to rule out everything else before diagnosing someone. Fatty and greasy food can irritate your gallbladder too which typically causes epigastric pain with nausea/vomiting and sometimes diarrhea. You will need a GI workup to make sure that your symp are related to ibs and then treatment accordingly. ...Read more

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I have irritable bowel syndrome and I eat healthy. Any cure?

No cure : There is no cure but many people learn to live with ibs to the point where symptoms and impact on life are minimal. ...Read more

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Can wheat and fiber safe to eat if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?

Can wheat and fiber safe to eat if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?

Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with an irritable bowel syndrome, had taken medicines.Is dat life threatening?What wud be the best food for me to eat for ibs.Thanks!

I was diagnosed with an irritable bowel syndrome, had taken medicines.Is dat life threatening?What wud be the best food for me to eat for ibs.Thanks!

Rome 3 criteria: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a non-critical condition w/ abdominal discomfort, altered/ alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet (keep a food diary) & emotional stress may be a factor but first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection, malabsorption. ...Read more

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Is wheat gluten and fiber safe to eat if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?

Is wheat gluten and fiber safe to eat if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?

It depends.: It depends on whether or not you can eat gluten containing foods. If you can, it is likely ok. But if you have a problem, then avoid those foods. You might need to avoid lactose foods, like milk. Avoiding stress and an overall high fiber, bland diet would help a great deal if not already done. A visit to your doctor to get tested, and work out therapy can help. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more