Good Foods for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) With Constipation
If you have IBS with constipation you probably already know how important fiber-rich foods are for your comfort. Making the American Dietetic Association's recommendation to eat 20-35 grams of fiber a day your mealtime mantra is a great place to start. But in order for a high-fiber eating plan to work its magic, you have to do three things:
Reach the higher-fiber target (of 20-35 grams of fiber a day) almost every day.
Spread high-fiber foods throughout the day so it works better.
Drink plenty of water and other noncaffeinated, noncaloric liquids/beverages throughout the day as well. Fiber works better in the intestines if there is plenty of water to go with it.
To get enough fiber in the fastest and most painless way possible, try these five steps. Then enjoy the three delicious recipes at the end of this article.
If you have IBS-D, you feel the belly pain that’s common with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and you have to go to the bathroom a lot. The “D” stands for diarrhea.
Some people with IBS have the opposite problem, constipation. That's IBS-C. And some have both, at different times, which is another type of IBS.
There is a wide range of things you can try to help tame your symptoms. It may take some time to hit upon what works best for you, but it can get better.