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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (cont.)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Home Remedies

Many people may have already modified their diets before seeing a doctor. Temporarily avoiding dairy products may help assess whether symptoms of lactose intolerance are mimicking those of irritable bowel syndrome. Persons who avoid dairy products should exercise and consider taking calcium supplements.

  • Certain foods, such as cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts) and legumes (beans) may worsen bloating and gassiness.
  • Dietary fiber may lessen symptoms.
  • Individuals with IBS should drink plenty of water, and avoid soda, which may cause gas and abdominal discomfort.
  • Eating smaller meals may lessen the incidence of cramping and diarrhea.
  • Low fat and high carbohydrate meals such as pasta, rice, and whole grain breads may help IBS symptoms (unless the affected individual has celiac disease).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/12/2014
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