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What irritable bowel syndrome diet is suggested?

Fiber supplementation may improve symptoms of constipation and diarrhea. Individualize the treatment because few patients experience exacerbated bloating and distention with high-fiber diets. The amount of fibre must be increased

gradually to allow the stomach to get used to it. Polycarbophil compounds (eg, Citrucel, FiberCon) may produce less flatulence than psyllium compounds (eg, Metamucil). Bran or 15-25 grams a day of an over-the-counter psyllium laxative (Metamucil or Fiberall) may also help both constipation and diarrhea. People with irregular bowel habits--particularly constipated patients--may be helped by establishing set times for meals and bathroom visits. Drink lots of water, preferably three litres a day. Avoid food or beverages that make the symptoms worse. Coffee and milk are frequent offenders. It may be helpful to keep a diary in which you note down the foods that seem to upset your stomach. Avoid strong spices and foods that give you wind. Avoid large meals, but eat regularly. Eating rapidly and chewing gum may lead to air swallowing and symptoms of abdominal distention and pain. Drinking carbonated drinks (sparkling drinks, pop, soda) can introduce gas into the intestines and cause abdominal pain. Avoid skipping meals or overloading at one sitting. Limit your alcohol intake. Caffeine avoidance may limit anxiety and symptom exacerbation. Legume avoidance may decrease abdominal bloating.

More information on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? - Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a intestinal condition characterized by abdominal pain and cramps, changes in bowel movements, gassiness, bloating, nausea, and other symptoms.
What causes irritable bowel syndrome? - An abnormality in digestion and propulsion process cause irritable bowel syndrome. Nerve-signalling chemicals, particularly serotonin, and stress appear to have an important role.
What're the risk factors for irritable bowel syndrome? - Stress stimulates colonic spasm in people with IBS. Female reproductive hormones are another trigger of irritable bowel syndrome.
What are the symptoms of IBS? - Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are abdominal pain or discomfort associated with changes in bowel habits in the absence of any structural abnormality.
How is irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed? - Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is diagnosed with colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), abdominal ultrasound, blood tests.
What's the treatment for irritable bowel syndrome? - Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome can consist of dietary advice, stool softeners and laxatives in obstipation-predominant, and antidiarrheals (loperamide) in diarrhea-predominant IBS.
What irritable bowel syndrome diet is suggested? - Fiber supplementation may improve symptoms of constipation and diarrhea. Avoid food or beverages that make the symptoms worse.
What medications cure irritable bowel syndrome? - Antispasmodic medicines are used to treat symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Antidiarrheal medications are used when diarrhea is a major feature of IBS.
Stress management for irritable bowel syndrome - Situations such as family problems, work stress, exams, etc, may trigger symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in some people. 
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