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How can you reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?

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  • Usually, with a few basic changes in diet and activities, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) will improve over time. Here are some tips to help reduce symptoms: Avoid caffeine (in coffee, teas, and sodas).
  • Add more fiber to your diet with foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts.
  • Drink at least three to four glasses of water per day.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Learn to relax, either by getting more exercise or by reducing stress in your life.
  • Limit how much milk or cheese you eat.
  • Eat smaller meals more often instead of big meals.
  • Keep a record of the foods you eat so you can figure out which foods bring on bouts of IBS.

From: Irritable Bowel Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Association. FDA.


Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

SOURCES: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Association. FDA.


Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

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