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      Diet Advice for IBS Sufferers

      Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) hear a lot about what they shouldn't eat, like greasy or spicy foods. But it's less frequent for them to learn about the foods that are best to manage their condition.

      It's hard to know what foods can help reduce inflammation and help heal your gut. But experts say a diverse, nutrient-dense diet is the most effective option.

      Irritable Bowel Syndrome occurs when the colon spasms irregularly and causes bloating, abdominal discomfort or pain and diarrhea, especially after meals. About 3 million U.S. adults suffer from IBS, and their diets may need to be different than non-IBS sufferers.

      Individuals suffering from IBS should aim for a mix of these foods:

      1. Lean proteins – Foods such as chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, and tofu give you the nutrients you'll need without adding in the digestive issues that might come along with fattier meats.
      2. Soluble fiber – This could help reduce diarrhea during a flare, so focus on beans, fleshy fruits, oats, and barley.
      3. Produce – Go for a range of colors in your fruits and vegetables so that you're getting a good mix of vitamins and minerals. If the peels and seeds trigger your symptoms, remove those before eating.
      4. Calcium sources – Many with IBS suffer from lactose intolerance, so look to alternative calcium sources instead. Consider canned fish, dark green vegetables or lactose-free versions of milk, yogurt, and cheese.

      Sometimes the foods we eat are just as important as the foods we avoid. A well-balanced diet is a key component toward managing life with IBS – and it could keep the rest of your body healthy, too!

      If you have IBS and need help with navigating dietary modifications, the experts at RGA can help.