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How can boosting fiber help with IBS with constipation (IBS-C)?

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Fiber makes stool easier to pass. It helps many people with IBS with constipation (IBS-C) symptoms, but not everyone.

Too little roughage in your diet can make it hard to have a bowel movement. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends 25 grams of fiber for women and 38 grams for men each day. People over age 50 may need a little less fiber (21 grams for women and 30 grams for men).

SOURCES: 

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN, nutrition consultant. 

Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome;"  "What I need to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome;" and "Constipation." 

J. Patrick Waring, MD, Digestive Healthcare of Georgia.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

University of California at Berkeley Wellness Guide to Dietary Supplements.

Harvard Health Publications: "Understanding and treating an irritable bowel."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "IBS Diet: What to Do and What to Avoid."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 1, 2018

SOURCES: 

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN, nutrition consultant. 

Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome;"  "What I need to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome;" and "Constipation." 

J. Patrick Waring, MD, Digestive Healthcare of Georgia.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

University of California at Berkeley Wellness Guide to Dietary Supplements.

Harvard Health Publications: "Understanding and treating an irritable bowel."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "IBS Diet: What to Do and What to Avoid."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 1, 2018

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