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    A Diet for IBS With Constipation (IBS-C)

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    Try increasing your intake by 2 grams to 3 grams per day. For example, if you normally eat 5 grams of fiber, try getting 8 grams on your first day and go from there. If it helps, stick with it until you're getting as much as experts recommend.

    Try prunes and liquids. Some fruity foods that are higher in the sugar sorbitol, such as prunes, dried plums (another name for prunes), and prune juice, can loosen bowels. But again, too much can cause gas, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea.

    Some people find ground flaxseed helps ease their IBS-C symptoms. You can sprinkle it on salads, cooked vegetables, and cereals.

    Keeping yourself well-hydrated can help, too. Drink plenty of liquids like water and juice. But coffee, carbonated drinks, and alcohol can dehydrate you and make your IBS-C symptoms worse.

    Keep some carbs. Be mindful of low-carb diets. A high-protein and low-carb diet can cause constipation. You need protein, but don't cut out the carbs from fruits and vegetables. They'll help keep your digestive track working.

    Change the Way You Eat

    Some simple changes may help you gain control of your IBS-C symptoms.

    Eat smaller meals more often. Some people with IBS-C find it helps to eat five or six smaller meals throughout the day, rather than three large ones.

    Don't skip breakfast. This meal, more than any other, can get your colon active.

    Dine at leisure. Too often we eat on the run or at our desks. But eating in a rush can trigger IBS-C symptoms. Try not to do other things while you're eating, such as drive or sit in front of the computer. The stress of multitasking may trigger symptoms, and if you eat quickly and swallow air, it can cause gas or bloating.

    Relax and enjoy your food.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on May 08, 2016
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