Posted on Nov 22, 2007 | Comments 1
In North America one out of five has this irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
IBS is a disease even though your doctor considers it as functional disorder.
This disease will usually affect the person who is around 20 and it will be most commonly seen in women than men.
This syndrome will cause considerable discomfort and pain in stomach, but it does not cause any damage in your digestive system.
IBS will disturb the normal functions of colon, particularly how the muscles in the intestine work and causes a lot of embarrassment and pain in your stomach.
There is no particular cause for this irritable bowel syndrome. The treatment is also unknown for this disease. But, by controlling diet or by following proper diet you can control IBS. Many people who suffered with this irritable bowel syndrome have successfully controlled these symptoms with simple changes in diet.
The foods which make irritable bowel syndrome better:
The foods which are high in fiber will reduce the constipation associated with IBS. These high fiber foods will make the stools soft and easier to pass. Some people who have more sensitive nerves will feel a bit abdominal discomfort because of adding fiber in their diet.
The foods which are high in fiber are:
- Fruits such as apples, peaches, oranges, apple with skin, kiwi, avocado, pear, mango and dried fruits such as dates, apricots, raisins and prunes.
- Berries such as blue berries, black berries, strawberries and raspberries.
- Grain products such as buns, whole grain breads, muffins, bagels, all bran, bran flakes, corn bran, bran buds and whole wheat shreddies.
- Cooked cereal such as popcorn, barley, brown rice and corn.
- Vegetables: cabbage, broccoli (raw), spinach, green peas, Swiss chard, other green leafy vegetables and carrot (raw).
- Beans: lima beans and kidney beans, black-eyed beans, lentil and chick peas.
The foods which makes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) worse are:
- Milk products like ice-cream and cheese
- Fatty foods like French fries
- Carbonated drinks like soda
- Caffeinated drinks like some sodas and coffee
Simple tips for proper diet and nutrition to control irritable bowel syndrome (IBS):
- Instead of heavy meal, eat small meals for more number of times in a day. It is suggested to take 6 mini meals in a day.
- Drink lots of water or fluids (not less than 8 to 10 servings daily). By drinking lots of water the stored fats or harmful particles which are present in your stomach will be flushed out.
- Follow low fat diet and try to avoid the foods which are high in fat.
- Exclude gas producing foods in your diet.
- Avoid chewing gum because more air may be swallowed.
- Limit intake of alcohol, caffeine and sorbital (type of sweetener).
By following these tips and diet, you can certainly control the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Posted in: Digestive & Intestinal Disorders