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How to Eat for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and IBS

As you've probably learned from experience, sometimes a certain food will bother your IBS, and sometimes it won't. This may seem crazy but actually, it's not. Diet can help or hurt Irritable Bowel Syndrome based on how different foods physically affect the GI tract, but it's not just what you eat with IBS that counts - it's also how you eat.

If you're now clear on the difference between IBS trigger foods, soluble fiber, and insoluble fiber, these sections will help you learn the guidelines for how to eat for IBS.

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1. Coffee (yes, decaf counts)
2. Yogurt (it's the safest dairy product for IBS...isn't it?)
3. Alcohol (just one glass of wine is okay, right?)
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4. Vitamin supplements (they're good for you, aren't they?)
5. No insoluble fiber foods (they're IBS trigger foods, so you just don't eat them, right?)
6. Too low a dosage of IBS soluble fiber supplements
7. Not drinking enough water (doesn't soda pop count?)

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Easy IBS Diet Tips & Tricks

* Eat soluble fiber first whenever your stomach is empty

* Chew thoroughly. This will help prevent you from eating too fast and swallowing air, which can trigger IBS problems.

* Eat at a leisurely pace - if you must eat in a hurry, serve yourself half portions.

* Eat small portions of food, and eat frequently - the emptier your stomach is, the more sensitive you will be.

* Avoid eating large amounts of food in one sitting as this can trigger an IBS attack

* Avoid ice-cold foods and drinks on an empty stomach. Cold makes muscles contract, and your goal with the IBS diet is to keep your stomach and the rest of your GI tract as calm as possible.

* Avoid chewing gum, as it causes you to swallow excess air, which can trigger problems.

* Drink fresh water constantly throughout the day (not ice cold). Limit the amount of water or other fluids you drink with your meals, as this can inhibit digestion.

* Only eat green salads - tiny portions, non-fat dressing - at the end of the meal, not the beginning (tell people you're French).

* Peel, skin, chop and cook fruits and vegetables; mash or puree beans, corn, peas, and berries. Finely chop nuts, raisins and other dried fruits, and fresh herbs. Nuts in particular can be quite tolerable for IBS when finely ground. To keep dried fruit from sticking to your knife when chopping, spray the blade with cooking oil first.

Take immediate control of your IBS symptoms with the IBS Diet Kit.

Learn why what you eat for IBS is just as important as how you eat for IBS.

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