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    Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Controlling Symptoms With Diet

    Many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) find that eating can cause symptoms of belly pain, constipation, diarrhea (or, sometimes, alternating periods of constipation and diarrhea), and bloating. Making some changes to your diet can provide relief.

    • Limit or eliminate foods that may make diarrhea, gas, and bloating worse. These may include caffeine, alcohol, carbonated (fizzy) drinks, milk products, foods high in sugar, fatty foods, gas-producing foods (such as beans, cabbage, and broccoli), and the artificial sweeteners sorbitol and xylitol (often used in sugarless gum and sugarless candy).
    • To reduce constipation, add fiber to your diet, drink plenty of water, and get regular exercise.
    • Keep a daily diary of what you eat and whether you have symptoms after eating.
    • Eat slowly and have meals in a quiet, relaxing environment. Don't skip meals.

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    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerArvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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