Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder of the digestive system. Despite the intense discomfort such as abdominal pain, abdominal cramp, constipation, diarrhea and bloating, irritable bowel disorder does not cause any permanent damage to the gut. The exact cause of this disorder is unknown. There is no permanent cure for irritable bowel syndrome. The irritable bowel syndrome diet or the IBS diet helps to suppress the symptoms of the disease and reduces flare-ups.
Foods to avoid
Specific foods in your diet could trigger irritable diet syndrome. To prevent this condition, you should identify and avoid the food items that irritate the gastrointestinal tract. The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome could appear because of food allergies and food intolerance. Fats, especially animal fats, could trigger gastrocolic reflex that produces symptoms such as bloating, gas formation, stomach pain, cramps and nausea. The diet of people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome should be devoid of animal fats and fried or greasy foods.
Sometimes raw citrus fruits and melons cause irritable syndrome flare-ups. However, canned and cooked fruits could be suitable for people prone to irritable bowel syndrome.
Lactose and gluten intolerances are widely associated with this painful digestive disorder. If you are suffering from lactose intolerance, milk and dairy products should not feature in your menu. People suffering from gluten intolerance or Celiac disease should stay away from food products containing wheat, rye and barley.
Digesting raw vegetables is usually more difficult than digesting cooked vegetables. It is advisable to consume only cooked vegetables. You should consume gas-forming vegetables in moderation. Avoid or limit consumption of these vegetables during the irritable bowel syndrome flare-ups. Hot peppers and raw onions could irritate your intestine. Caffeinated beverages, sodas, carbonated drinks, alcoholic drinks, artificial sweeteners and chocolates are common irritants that trigger IBS.
IBS diet plan
The exact diet plan depends on the symptoms that develop during the irritable bowel syndrome flare-up. Dietary fiber rich diet is recommended for treating constipation. A large breakfast comprising of fiber rich fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, excluding the food irritants mentioned above, could regulate the normal bowel movement. To reduce intestinal contraction while suffering from diarrhea, you should have five to six small low fat meals throughout the day. Smaller meals could even reduce abdominal pain, bloating and gas.