The Best and Worst Foods for IBS

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is a chronic abdominal pain whose cause is currently not known, although there are many theories.  In addition to pain, other symptoms include bloating, and bowel issues, like constipation or diarrhea.  In this article, we will examine IBS and look at some of the best and worst foods to treat this common issue.  

Recommended Foods for IBS


Probiotics

It is possible to introduce probiotics into one’s system in a variety of different ways.  One way of introducing probiotics comes in pill form.  A good probiotic will deliver large amounts of diverse probiotics into one’s system quickly.  The health benefits of probiotics mount daily.  More and more medical professionals are seeing the health benefits of probiotics as a preventative step.

Probiotics have been shown to improve overall stomach and digestive health.  In particular, probiotics are seen as a way of helping decrease the severity and risk of developing a range of digestive problems, such as diarrhea.

The ways that probiotics can help one’s health are indeed quite varied.  For example, probiotics are believed to decrease the risk of infection while at the same time boosting the immune system.  Boosting immunity is critically important as a stronger immune system can help fight off a range of diseases.

Other studies indicate that probiotics may help fight inflammation.  There is evidence that probiotics could be effective in treating both IBS and colitis.

Yogurt

Yogurt is an easy to consume food that also is rich in probiotics.  Today, there are vegan options for yogurt made out of soy and coconut as well.  Additionally, yogurt is rich in vitamins and minerals.

Kefir

Kefir is similar to yogurt and is packed with vitamins and minerals.  In addition to having an excellent nutritional spread, kefir is also low in calories and high in protein.

However, it should also be noted that the issue of dairy is a tricky one where IBS is concerned, as many feel that it should be avoided altogether.  First, opt for organic dairy.  Secondly, be sure to switch to a vegan yogurt alternative if you are experiencing problems.

The Worst Foods for IBS

Any food that is difficult to digest or may stress your digestive system is likely one that will cause you discomfort and thus should be avoided if you have IBS.  Here are some of the foods that you may wish to avoid if you have IBS.

1)    Fried foods
2)    Processed foods
3)    Fast foods
4)    Sugar
5)    Artificial colorings and dyes
6)    Artificial sweeteners
7)    Chocolate
8)    Alcohol

What About Eating Habits?

There are other steps that you can take to avoid aggravating your IBS, such as not eating large meals.  A large meal can tax your digestive system.  Additionally, large meals can be made up of an array of ingredients.  That can make it more difficult to determine what food, foods or food combinations are playing a role in triggering or worsening your IBS.

Many people discover that eliminating processed food and fast food while slowly incorporating probiotics into their diets yields positive results.  IBS is complex, but avoiding chemicals, preservatives, unhealthy trans fats, sugar and artificial sweeteners while opting for a healthy diet that gives your body plenty of nutrition is a step in the right direction.



http://www.webmd.com/ibs/features/finding-right-diet-ibs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irritable_bowel_syndrome
http://ibs.about.com/od/ibsfood/Helpful_Foods_for_the_IBS_Sufferer.htm

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