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What diet and lifestyle changes can help treat irritable bowel syndrome?

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Usually, with a few basic changes in diet and activities, IBS will improve over time. Here are some tips to help ease symptoms:

• Avoid caffeine (in coffee, teas, and sodas). • Add more fiber to your diet with foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. • Drink at least three to four glasses of water per day. • Don't smoke. • Learn to relax, either by getting more exercise or by easing stress in your life. • Limit how much milk or cheese you eat. • Eat smaller meals more often instead of big meals. • Keep a record of the foods you eat so you can figure out which foods bring on bouts of IBS. 






From: Irritable Bowel Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Association. FDA.


Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

SOURCES: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Association. FDA.


Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

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