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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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Sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods may be bad for your digestion. Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fats in salmon or nuts are better.

Don’t eat too much fiber. There’s no proof these ease IBS-D.

Chew food well to aid digestion. Let your teeth and saliva break down your food slowly; don’t wash it down with drinks.

If you think some eats or drinks trigger symptoms, write down what you eat and when you have stomach problems. This can show which meals or treats make you feel worse.

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 18, 2020

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 18, 2020

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