Irritable bowel syndrome affects one out of every five adult Americans. Its main symptoms are cramping, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, gas and constipation. There are some foods that can trigger off these symptoms easily, while some foods are helpful in managing this condition effectively.
Let us first look at the foods which are likely to aggravate irritable bowel syndrome. These are milk and dairy products, coffee, tea, sodas, wheat, red meats, alcohol, fried foods, gluten (a type of protein found in rye, barley and wheat), citrus fruits, chocolates, artificial sweeteners like sorbitol and aspartame, and all foods that have a high fat content.
It must be mentioned here that not everybody will be affected by one or all of these foods. Each person’s body will react differently to these foods; hence the best way to identify foods that can make ones irritable bowel syndrome worse is by maintaining a food dairy. It also does not mean that one must deprive oneself of all favorite foods completely. With careful inspection it will be possible to know which ones of the above mentioned foods are making the condition worse, and then only those may be eliminated from one's diet.
Now let us look ate the foods that help control irritable bowel syndrome. All food with high fiber content, like fresh fruits, kidney beans, vegetables, lima beans, cereals and whole grain breads are helpful. However, it is important that the fiber intake in increased gradually or else it may lead to gas. Of course there is no denying the importance of water, especially when it comes to curing this stomach condition.
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