Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Triggers (cont.)
2. Diet Triggers for IBS Diarrhea
Some foods can worsen IBS-related
diarrhea. These include:
- Too much fiber, especially insoluble fiber found in the skin of fruits and
- Food and drinks with chocolate, alcohol,
caffeine, fructose, or the sugar
- Carbonated drinks
- Large meals
- Fried and fatty foods
- Food and drinks with dairy
- Foods with wheat -- Some people may be allergic or have a negative reaction
- Eat a moderate amount of soluble fiber. It adds bulk to the colon and can
help prevent spasms. Good sources are whole wheat breads,
rice, pasta, the flesh of fruit (as opposed to the skin), and dried fruits.
- Don't consume foods with extreme temperatures, such as ice-cold water and
steaming hot soup, in the same meal.
- Stay away from broccoli, onions, and
cabbage. They can cause gas, which can
make diarrhea sufferers feel worse.
- Eat smaller portions.
- Drink six to eight glasses of plain water a day, but drink the water an hour
before or after meals, not with meals.
- Consult with your doctor or a dietitian if you suspect you may have a wheat
Some people with IBS have symptoms similar to lactose intolerance with excess
gas. A trial of a lactose-free diet and avoidance of foods that produce excess
gas such as beans, brussels spouts, pretzels, bagels, wheat germ, raisins, and
celery may help reduce symptoms.
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