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What does someone with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) need to do to get more fiber in their diet?

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If you have IBS with constipation (IBS-C), you probably already know how important fiber-rich foods are to your comfort. Making the American Dietetic Association's recommendation to eat 25 grams of fiber a day for women and 38 grams for men your mealtime mantra is a great place to start. That said, in order for a high-fiber eating plan to work its magic, you have to do three things:

  • Gradually increase the fiber in your diet to your target amount
  • Reach the higher-fiber target almost every day. Food sources are best, but fiber supplements such as psyllium and methylcellulose can also help.
  • Spread high-fiber foods throughout the day so it works better.
  • Drink plenty of water and other noncaffeinated, noncaloric liquids/beverages throughout the day as well. Fiber works better in the intestines if there is plenty of water to go with it.

SOURCE: Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, author, "Tell Me What to Eat If I Have IBS". Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.  



Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 15, 2018

SOURCE: Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, author, "Tell Me What to Eat If I Have IBS". Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.  



Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 15, 2018

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