While suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, you need to eat right, have a healthy lifestyle and manage stress
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common condition that affects the normal bowel movement in a person. He/she experiences several symptoms from diarrhea and constipation to stomach ache, bloating, and flatulence. The severity of symptoms also differs from person to person, with some experiencing just mild symptoms, while others experiencing severe ones. Although in case of severe IBS, the patient needs to see a doctor, in those experiencing moderate symptoms, the condition can be managed by managing the diet, having a healthy lifestyle, and managing stress. As you know food is one of the aspects that can help you manage it, hence what are the food items one can have when suffering from IBS? To get an answer to this question, Onlymyhealth spoke to Rakshita Mehra, who is a nutritionist and the founder of Nutrishala. But before that, let us understand irritable bowel syndrome a bit better.
IBS is a gastrointestinal disease in which a person suffers from diarrhea or constipation. Here are some of its other symptoms:
According to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), the exact cause for IBS is not known. However, stress, family history of IBS, oversensitive gut nerves, and a situation in which food passes through the gut either too quickly or too slowly is believed to be linked to IBS. Since stress is one of the contributing factors, hence, “it is crucial to manage it, otherwise, the situation can aggravate,” said Rakshita.
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Before we look at foods one can have in the case of IBS, let us look at those that you should avoid:
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Now that you know the food items you must avoid, here are those that you can have:
Other than this, since your fiber intake is increased, you must have a lot of water. At least three litres of water is recommended.
When dealing with IBS, you must pay close attention to what you are eating. Here is a one-day diet chart you can follow, as recommended by nutritionist Rakshita Mehra:
Again, do remember to have at least 3 litres of water throughout the day.
Hence, irritable bowel syndrome is a common condition, in which diet and stress play a huge role. In case you experience mild symptoms, you can easily manage the condition by following certain dietary recommendations, along with having a healthy lifestyle and managing stress. There are some foods you must avoid as these can trigger IBS symptoms. These include caffeine, alcohol, certain fruits, and vegetables, among others. At the same time, certain foods can be consumed that can help you manage this condition.
(With inputs from Rakshita Mehra, who is a nutritionist and the founder of Nutrishala)
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