When you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), it may seem like everything you put into your body causes you misery. Because it looks like you can’t eat anything that doesn’t make your stomach hurt, it can be hard to choose the right food.

No one can live on crackers and water alone, so finding the right nutritional path will help you on your quest to soothe your upset stomach.

10 Foods to Avoid When You Are Diagnosed with IBS

Common foods seem to cause issues in people with IBS consistently. Below is a list you may consider avoiding to help curb your symptoms if you are diagnosed with IBS.

  • Lactose: Milk products, including cottage cheese, cream cheese, and whole milk, should be avoided.
  • Some fruits: Apples, pears, dried fruit, and most juices. They contain high levels of fructose which can upset the stomach.
  • Some Vegetables: Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and asparagus frequently may incite gas and exacerbate pain caused by IBS.
  • Beans: Gas-inducing food that can trigger symptoms.
  • Food high in trans-fat: Fast foods, decadent desserts, and anything fried in oil.
  • Coffee: One of the most challenging options to eliminate — people love their coffee!

The Cleveland Clinic, one of the premier medical facilities globally, endorses eliminating these foods for IBS, including practicing a Low-FODMAP diet. It can help make the foods you eat more easily digestible because FODMAPs are carbohydrates that are hard to process in your GI tract.

Help Yourself Treat IBS With These 10 Foods

When you decide to eliminate foods from your diet to help your symptoms, you have to find things to replace them with that you can safely eat. Getting rid of certain foods and then putting them back enables you to figure out what works best for your body.

“You’ve got to experiment to figure out what works,” is something Andrew Weil once said that relates to the body. As a fellow doctor, Dr. Weil has used his smart thinking to impart wellness knowledge that can improve your health.

Milk Substitutes

It is a sad option to be forced to give up your favorite cereal or other dairy treats because your IBS makes milk a poor choice for your body. Lactose-free products are available on the market so that you can use them instead of milk products. Investigate your options to find still a milk substitute that allows you to have “dairy-like” products. Some of these include:

Depending on your taste, one of these alternatives may be a better option for you and allow you to continue enjoying a version of your favorite snacks. There are a lot of different brands of each of these milk substitutes in health food stores. Still, mainstream grocery stores and markets now carry a good selection.

Fruits and Vegetables On The Safe Side

As long as you stay away from some fruits and vegetables, there is still a lot you can eat that will fill up your plate and won’t make you sick. Fruits that are less stressful on your body include:

  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Melon
  • Citrus fruits

For veggies, you want to stick to those that aren’t as prone to making you gassy. Some to try are:

  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes

Just go slowly, making your fruit and vegetable choices by eating them one sitting at a time. Once you find out what works best for you, it will be easier to load up on these healthy nutrients without worrying.

Grains That Are Easy On Your Tummy

There are smart grain selections that are easily digestible, such as:

Unless you know you have Celiac Disease or another form of gluten intolerance, it isn’t necessary to go gluten-free. Especially if you experience frequent constipation, you will need these whole grains to give you the fiber you need to maintain a healthy digestive system.

Tea Can Be a Substitute For Coffee

Many people feel that nothing can replace coffee; die-hard coffee addicts drink it morning, noon, and night. Many people enjoy starting their day with at least one cup of java.

When you’re suffering from IBS, coffee can make your intestinal tract contract painfully. Despite an affinity for coffee, these side effects made it vital to try and eliminate it.

Tea can be a decent substitute for coffee because it’s gentler on the stomach, mainly if you stick to the caffeine-free herbal varieties. Drinking coffee is as much about the routine as the beverage itself. Find something that works better on your stomach to get the same satisfaction, whether you are a morning cup or an all-day drinker.

A Summarized List of the 10 Foods to Go On Your IBS Shopping List:

  • Coconut Milk
  • Lactose-free Milk
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Grapes
  • Eggplant
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Polenta
  • Lean Proteins like Chicken, Fish, and Turkey

My new book, Dr. Nandi’s Guide to Beat IBS Naturally, has great recipes that you can use to live more comfortably.

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