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How should I change my diet to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation?

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Eat smaller meals more often. Some people with IBS-C find it helps to eat five or six smaller meals throughout the day, rather than three large ones.

Don't skip breakfast. This meal, more than any other, can get your colon active.

Eating in a rush can trigger IBS-C symptoms. Try not to do other things while you're eating, such as drive or sit in front of the computer. The stress of multitasking may trigger symptoms -- and if you eat quickly and swallow air, it can cause gas or bloating.

Relax and enjoy your food.

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 Sabrina Felson on July 26, 2020

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 Sabrina Felson on July 26, 2020

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