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 irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation, you may feel too uncomfortable to eat anything. Yet it is very important to maintain a balanced diet for good health.
Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) Guide to Better Digestion, suggests enjoying all foods in moderation, and adding high-fiber foods to your diet gradually to help relieve IBS.
"The goal is not to be unnecessarily restrictive," Bonci says, pointing out that some people with IBS give...