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Posted on Wed, 26 Jul 2017 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: foods to avoid when you have IBS

Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar 4 hours later
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Detailed Answer:
Thanks for choising HealthcareMagic for your query.

Have gone through your question and i appreciate your concerns.
Before answering your question about food restrictions i would like to give you a small briefing about IBS.
Understamding pathophysiology of disease would help you understand things better.
Firstly small briefing for Irritable bowel syndrome and why every patient is a unique case when we deal with IBS.
In IBS there is some problem in the functional ability of the gut that leads to the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. The structure of the intestines is normal, only functional abnormality occurs in this condition.So frankly speaking (IBS) represents a functional disorder of gastrointestinal tract without the presence of an anatomic defect.

Recent studies by French scientists have indicated that the most important mechanisms include visceral sensitivity, abnormal gut motility and autonomous nervous system dysfunction. The interactions between these three mechanisms make bowel's function susceptible to many exogenous and endogenous factors like gastrointestinal flora, feeding and psychosocial factors.
Further data indicate that according to the above mechanisms, the influence of genetic factors and polymorphisms of human DNA in the development of IBS is equally important.

So in lay mans language till date we are not sure whats the exact cause of this problem.So the million dollar question is how to repair a system when you don't know which part of it is faulty(Some says it can be brain other says it can be hormone anxiety age etc etc).

So as you can understand every patient of IBS is different from another patient.Dr can prescribe you a diet pattern and restrictions but finally its your body and you who have to sort out what to take or not.

Moving to your query-

irritable bowel syndrome can present with abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea or sometimes, alternating periods of constipation and diarrhoea, with bloating.

This is what you can do-
You may be helped if you limit or eliminate the following foods and beverages that can cause diarrhea -lbloating or constipation-Alcohol, coffee, cola drinks, and chocolate.

Also eliminate the following-
Nicotine, from smoking or chewing tobacco
Gas-producing foods, such as beans, cabbage, cauliflower, peanuts.
Dairy products that contain lactose (milk sugar), such as ice cream, milk, cheese,and sour cream
Foods and drinks high in sugar, especially fruit juice, soda, candy, and other
packaged cookies.

Foods high in fat, including red meat, egg-yolk, butter, oils, and anything deep-fried,
Sorbitol and xylitol, artificial sweeteners found in some sugarless candies and
chewing gum

You may try eliminating these foods or beverages one at a time to see whether symptoms improve. Also, keep a daily record of what you eat and whether you experience problems after eating a particular food item.

Eat slowly, chew your food thoroughly and have meals in a quiet relaxing environment. Try not to swallow air, which can cause bloating.

It is also important to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily, water will keep stools soft.

Regular, gentle exercise such as walking, cycling, or swimming helps maintain bowel regularity.
Try to maintain a pleasant environment when you eat. This may reduce stress that can precipitate symptoms.

Keep medications to a minimum however as pathology of problem is different in every patient its the paient and their body which decides what should be the diet.

Hope i was helpful.

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