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For some, medications can be an important part of getting IBS-M under control. But there’s more you can do to feel better -- physically and mentally -- with this condition. You may need to try some diet changes to find out which foods make you feel better and which ones make your symptoms worse. For example, if gas is a problem, see if you feel better by avoiding foods that can cause it, such as:

Many people with IBS feel better when they follow a diet that’s low in FODMAPs, a type of carbohydrate. Others say it helps to avoid foods that have lactose, the sugar in milk.

  • Beans
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Raisins
  • Apricots
  • Prunes
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Pretzels
  • Bagels

From: What Is IBS-M? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology : “Irritable bowel syndrome subtypes according to bowel habit: revisiting the alternating subtype.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Fact Sheet.” 

American Journal of Gastroenterology : “Characterization of the Alternating Bowel Habit Subtype in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” 

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Living With IBS.”

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

SOURCES: 

European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology : “Irritable bowel syndrome subtypes according to bowel habit: revisiting the alternating subtype.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Fact Sheet.” 

American Journal of Gastroenterology : “Characterization of the Alternating Bowel Habit Subtype in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” 

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Living With IBS.”

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

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