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
- 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.
How do I control irritable bowel syndrome with diet?