Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. It is a group of symptoms that occur together including pain in the belly and changes in bowel habits which may be diarrhea, constipation or both. In order to deal with IBS, you can consider an IBS Diet. There are 3 types of IBS:
- IBS with constipation (IBS- C)
- IBS with diarrhea (IBS- D)
- IBS with alternating diarrhea and constipation (IBS- M)
Causes and symptoms
The main cause of IBS is still not known. You can monitor and deal with your IBS through an IBS Diet. However, doctors believe it may be some hormonal issue as it is more frequent in women. IBS generally develops after gastrointestinal infections. Some other causes include anxiety or depression.
Some of the major symptoms are:
- Clear or white mucus with stool
There is no certain test to determine a person is having IBS or not but you can always have a look at some of these tests:
- Blood test
- Stool test
- X- rays
The diet plans depend upon the type of IBS you are having and the energy requirement as prescribed by the doctor. There are 6 types of an IBS diet, which include:
1) High Fiber Diet
Fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are nutritious and prevent constipation. The fiber content requirement of our body is 20-25 grams/day.
2) Low Fiber Diet
Sometimes increasing the fiber content in food worsen the condition of IBS so in that case low fiber diet is prescribed.
3) Gluten-Free Diet
These protein damages the intestine. So, avoid the consumption of such food.
4) Elimination Diet
In this type of diet plan, certain types of food products are eliminated from diet on a temporary basis, including Chocolates and nuts.
5) Low Fat Diet
Dairy products are consumed in low amounts as they contain less fiber content.
6) Low FODMAP Diet
Carbohydrates are complex food particles, which are hard to digest. Consumption of such food is lowered in the diet.
What foods can you eat in an IBS Diet?
Pumpkin, bottle gourd, ridge gourd, spinach, carrots.
Pomegranate (without seeds).
Green gram, orange lentils.
Fennel, cumin. Ginger (All in less quantity).
- Other Food Items:
Khichdi, Coconut water, pulao.
Foods to avoid
- Insoluble fiber
- Dairy products
- Fried fruits
- Bean and legumes
- Caffeinated drinks
- Processed foods
- Sugar-free sweeteners
- Garlic and onions
- Citrus fruits, pineapple, apple, banana, and berries
- Cauliflower, broccoli, tomato, brinjal, and ladyfinger.
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