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Should I have prunes and liquids to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation?

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Some fruity foods that are higher in the sugar sorbitol, such as prunes and prune juice, can loosen bowels. Be careful, though: Too much can cause gas, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea.

Some people find ground flaxseed also helps ease their IBS-C symptoms. You can sprinkle it on salads, cooked vegetables, and cereals.

Keeping yourself well-hydrated can help, too. Drink plenty of liquids like water and juice. However, coffee, carbonated drinks, and alcohol can dehydrate you and make your IBS-C symptoms worse.

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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