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How should you increase your fiber intake to help with IBS with constipation (IBS-C)?

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Don't shock your system with a sudden increase of fiber: Your body will need time to get used to it, so add a little each day. Too much at once may make you feel worse.

Try increasing your intake by 2 grams to 3 grams per day instead. For example, if you normally eat 5 grams of fiber, try getting 8 grams on your first day and go from there. If it helps, stick with it until you're getting as much as experts recommend.

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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