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What are some changes I can make to my diet to help calm symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D)?

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Some simple tweaks may help calm your symptoms. Sugary foods, sodas, caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods may be bad for your digestion. Instead, eat whole, natural foods. Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats found in salmon or nuts are better choices.

Be careful about getting too much fiber, including through fiber powders or drinks. There’s no proof these ease IBS-D symptoms.

Chew food well and take your time to help digest your meals. It’s better to let your teeth and saliva break down your food slowly than to wash it down with water or other drinks.

If you think some eats or drinks may trigger your symptoms, keep a food diary for a few weeks. Write down what you eat and when you have stomach problems. You may discover which meals or treats make you feel worse.

From: Alternative Treatments for IBS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: “Natural Elimination of IBS Symptoms.”

British Acupuncture Council: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Mayo Clinic.org: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wilkins T, et al. . September 1, 2012. American Family Physician

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Iberogast: Product Review.”

Liu, CY. , 2004. Neurogastrogenterology and Motility

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: “Natural Elimination of IBS Symptoms.”

British Acupuncture Council: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Mayo Clinic.org: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wilkins T, et al. . September 1, 2012. American Family Physician

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Iberogast: Product Review.”

Liu, CY. , 2004. Neurogastrogenterology and Motility

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

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