What Are Your IBS Triggers?

Earlier we talked about how important it is to not suffer in silence with IBS. Seeing a doctor who specializes in digestive issues can help you live a more comfortable life with IBS. Today, we will explore some of the dietary changes that could make life much easier for those that suffer with IBS. Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects the large intestine and comes with many unwanted side effects.  People suffering from IBS may experience abdominal pain, gas and bloating with either constipation or diarrhea. IBS can be very hard day-to-day and can affect how people are able to live their lives. Luckily most people are able to control their IBS symptoms with diet and over the counter medications.

Dietary adjustments can make a huge difference in IBS symptoms and flairs. Most importantly, you should know what triggers your symptoms. This is different for everyone, and requires a little bit of experimentation and the ability to avoid those trigger foods when possible. Common triggers are gluten, sugar, dairy, caffeine and carbonation. Eating small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals may help to soothe your colon. Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water through the day is helpful for IBS with diarrhea and constipation. Don’t avoid fiber altogether, but add soluble fibers, like oats, apples, carrots and barley.

Along with dietary changes, you doctor may suggest using over the counter medications like Imodium to treat IBS with diarrhea and fiber supplements or stool softeners for IBS with constipation. If you have tried dietary changes without any relief from your irritable bowel syndrome symptoms it is important to talk with your doctor about possible treatment options.