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What's the best diet for irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea?

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Smart eating habits can make your life a little easier when you have irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea, or IBS-D. And you don't have to completely give up any foods you like.

It's important to stick to a balanced diet when you have IBS, so never totally avoid certain groups of food, or you may be depriving yourself of nutrients you need.

Different foods affect people differently. Keep a journal to track which foods and which amounts seem to give you diarrhea. You could also try an elimination diet -- stop eating one food at a time that you think might be triggering your symptoms, and see how that makes you feel.

SOURCES:

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author, . American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion

American College of Gastroenterology: "Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "What I need to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome" and "Irritable Bowel Syndrome,"

St. Luke's Texas Liver Institute web site.

The Mayo Clinic: "Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet."

Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.  

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author, . American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion

American College of Gastroenterology: "Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "What I need to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome" and "Irritable Bowel Syndrome,"

St. Luke's Texas Liver Institute web site.

The Mayo Clinic: "Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet."

Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.  

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

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