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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Triggers (cont.)

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

Prevention Strategies:

  • 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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