When you know the things that can make your IBS symptoms flare up, called triggers, you can make a plan to avoid them. That way, you can work on keeping problems with constipation, diarrhea, belly pain, and bloating to a minimum.
IBS is different for everyone, but it may help to keep track of how you react to the most common symptom triggers and learn to prevent them.
IBS that causes increased diarrhea is often called IBS-D. If you have IBS-D, you have belly pain and other IBS symptoms plus frequent bowel movements. Your stool might be loose, though not always. You also might have sudden urges to use the bathroom.
While there isn’t a cure for IBS-D, there are treatments that can improve the quality of your life and help you feel better.
Gradually boost your fiber intake by 2 to 3 grams per day until you're eating 25 (for women) or 38 (for men) grams per day. Good sources include whole-grain bread and cereals, beans, fruits, and vegetables.
Eat a moderate amount of foods that are higher in the sugar substitute sorbitol, such as dried plums and prune juice.
Drink plenty of plain water every day.
Try ground flaxseed. You can sprinkle it on salads and cooked vegetables.
Dairy products, especially in people who can’t digest the milk sugar lactose, called lactose intolerance
Foods with wheat for people who are allergic to or have a bad reaction to gluten.
Better Diet Choices for Diarrhea:
Eat a moderate amount of soluble fiber. It adds bulk to your stools. Good sources are whole wheat breads, oats, barley, brown rice, whole-grain pasta, the flesh of fruit (not the skin), and dried fruits.
Don't eat foods at opposite temperatures, such as ice-cold water and steaming hot soup, in the same meal.
Stay away from broccoli, onions, and cabbage. They cause gas, which can make you feel worse.
Eat smaller portions.
Drink water an hour before or after meals, not while you eat.
Talk with your doctor or a dietitian if you think you may have a wheat allergy.
To ease symptoms of bloating and gas, try to avoid gassy foods such as beans, Brussels sprouts, wheat germ, raisins, and celery.