Fiber And Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition of the digestive system which affects a lot of people all over the world. The syndrome is characterized by many different symptoms affecting the digestive system including; chronic bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation, and even diarrhea.

Abdominal painThis specific condition currently does not have any cure. Nor have researches linked the direct cause of people getting it. Many researchers believe that it is linked to the lack of “good bacteria” in the gut.

Without having sufficient “good bacteria” your gut is left to fend for itself. As a result, those without sufficient good bacteria end up suffering from inflammation in the intestinal lining which can cause disruptions all over the digestive system as a whole.

A specific diagnosis of IBS can be made based on the patients symptoms. Although there are no known “cures” for IBS, there are plenty of effective ways to treat the symptoms of IBS. Some of the best treatments are; dietary adjustments and prescription medication. Easily the best and most effective way to alleviate these symptoms is to avoid eating foods that are going to trigger your IBS symptoms.

Below We will Discuss Some of the Most Common Foods that will Trigger Your IBS Symptoms:

1. Spicy Foods.

No Spicy FoodSpicy foods are a big no-no for those that suffer from IBS. The reason why you are not going to want to consume spicy foods if you currently suffer from IBS is because they can irritate your entire digestive system – starting with your stomach lining.

Because your stomach is already prone to inflammation and irritation, spicy foods can instantly trigger IBS symptoms if you currently suffer from the IBS condition.

2. Dairy.

No dairy foodDairy is another big no-no for those that suffer from IBS. This is because dairy contains “lactose” which is a specific enzyme that is found in dairy products and it can be very difficult to digest. The reason why it can be difficult to digest is because your body needs to have enough enzymes in order to digest it properly.

The enzymes that your body needs to complete the process of digesting lactose is called, “lactase.” Without this specific enzyme, your body is not going to be able to fully digest the enzyme and thus you will experience IBS symptoms. It would be wise to avoid dairy altogether if you currently suffer from IBS. It is one of the main/common trigger foods for IBS sufferers.

3.  Coffee.

No CoffeeCoffee is another common trigger food to avoid if you currently suffer from IBS. The reason why you are going to want to avoid coffee is because it is a stimulant that can lead to severe inflammation of the stomach lining. Coffee is very acidic.

Because of this, it can cause inflammation and irritation of the stomach lining. It would be best to avoid coffee at all costs in order to keep symptoms of IBS under control.

4. Alcohol.

No AlcoholAlcohol is another common trigger food that you should avoid if you suffer from IBS. Alcohol can also irritate and cause problems in the GI tract. This is especially true if alcohol is consumed on an empty stomach because it will have no other food to slow absorption and protect the stomach lining.

Now that we have discussed some of the top trigger foods to avoid, we are going to discuss fiber and how it relates to irritable bowel syndrome.

Fiber And Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

You have probably heard of fiber. In general, fiber is an excellent thing to get into your diet. However, the situation can get murky when you suffer from IBS. The question that a lot of people have is whether or not they should include fiber into an ideal IBS diet.

First, lets discuss what fiber is and the different types of fiber that exist.

1. Soluble Fiber.

Soluble FiberSoluble fiber is actually one of the best things that you can incorporate into your diet if you want to create an effective diet for eliminating IBS symptoms.

The reason why soluble fiber is such an effective addition to an IBS diet is because soluble fiber works to sooth and optimize the intestinal tract and the entire digestive system as a whole. It can even normalize bowel function. In fact, it can prevent both; diarrhea and constipation.

2. Insoluble Fiber.

Insoluble fiberInsoluble fiber normally is very good for you. However, for those that suffer from the IBS condition, it is best to avoid foods that contain a lot of this. This is because insoluble fiber can be harder to digest and can effectively ‘scrape’ your digestive system/lining.

You are going to want to avoid consuming too much of insoluble fiber because it can be very harsh on your digestive system, which is the last thing that those with IBS need.


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