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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (cont.)

What home remedies and diet changes treat or soothe IBS symptoms?

Most people with IBS have symptoms only occasionally and the following may treat or soothe symptoms during a flare:

  • Add fiber to the diet: Fiber theoretically expands the inside of the digestive tract, reducing the chance it will spasm as it transmits and digests food. Fiber also promotes regular bowel movements, which helps reduce constipation. Fiber should be added gradually, because it may initially worsen bloating and gassiness.
  • Reduce stress and anxiety: Stress and anxiety may cause IBS "flares." Health-care professionals may offer specific advice on reducing stress. The following may help reduce stress and problems associated with IBS:
    • Eat regular balanced meals.
    • Reduce caffeine intake.
    • Exercise may help reduce stress.
    • Smoking may worsen symptoms of IBS, which is another good reason to quit.

Other home remedies to soothe and lessen IBS symptoms include:

  • Increase dietary fiber in the diet
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid soda, which may cause gas and abdominal discomfort
  • Eat smaller meals to help 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 person has celiac disease).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/25/2016
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