Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is one of the most common digestive tract disorders. People who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome describe their stomach pains in various ways, with various foods triggering the pain of IBS. Since irritable Bowel Syndrome is so common, diets abound for IBS sufferers, with each diet claiming to be the best.
With all the best diets being touted for patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, how can a person with IBS decide which is really the best diet? You have to decide what diet works best for you in helping to keep the effects of IBS under control. You are the one to decide what is the best diet for your IBS, and you can only do that through trial and error, and paying close attention to how each food effects your IBS.
A diet devised by the person with Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the best diet for that person. By paying close attention to the foods eaten and what after effects each food has, an IBS sufferer will soon learn what foods they need to eliminate from the diets. Keeping a food journal will help you see a pattern between foods consumed and IBS symptoms.
As a general rule, it’s good idea to eliminate dairy products from your diet, since lactose intolerance usually goes hand-in-hand with IBS. Remove all dairy products from your diet for 2 weeks, then slowly add them back into your diet. Dairy may not trigger your IBS symptoms, then again, dairy may be the number one trigger for IBS symptoms. You’ll never know for sure how dairy, or any other food, will effect your irritable Bowel Syndrome until you try.
Foods that produce gas do exacerbate IBS symptoms like beans, onions, carrots, bananas, Brussels sprouts, bagels and pretzels. But since symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome do vary widely between patients, the best diet for you may contain some or all of these foods.