Foods to avoid with IBS

Foods to avoid with IBS...

Excluding certain foods from your diet will usually lessen your symptoms.

Below is a list of IBS foods we recommend you avoid to reduce IBS symptoms. They are commonly known as "trigger foods".

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Bear in mind that IBS is a very individual condition.

Cutting out one or some of the items on our list of foods to avoid with IBS may help you, but contrary to popular belief, eating the wrong foods is not always the sole cause of IBS. For many sufferers it's just not that simple.

With IBS there can be several different factors interacting on many levels, including stress and psychological issues and stress that affect the brain-gut balance, as well as medications and even genetic predisposition towards IBS.

However after saying that, for most people with IBS, altering your diet and avoiding certain IBS foods can, and often does make a considerable difference to your symptoms.

Removing some of these IBS foods from your diet will unlikely "cure" your IBS, but your symptoms could reduce dramatically.

So, here is our list of foods to avoid with IBS....

Fatty foods are bad news, especially for IBS sufferers and are at the top of our foods to avoid with IBS list.

All types of fat are triggers for your GI tract, regardless of whether they are considered "good" fats.

Avoid Whole wheat – but white flour may be OK!
Wheat comes in two parts; the outer bran and the inner white bit that makes up white flour.

The outer bran shell of the wheat is an insoluble fiber and should be avoided at all costs.

Insoluble fiber is a trigger food for IBS.

However, the inner white part of the wheat grain is made of soluble fiber – which can be an IBS sufferer's best friend.

Some pure white breads, like French bread, or breads baked without any preservatives can be a safe staple for IBS sufferers, but be sure to avoid "whole wheat" products.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats.

People with Coeliac disease can not eat it without causing physical damage to the lining of the small intestine.

Gluten is known to cause irritation in the lining of the bowel of some IBS sufferers, although it does not cause the same physical damage that Coeliac disease patients suffer.

Dairy products
Another biggie on our list of foods to avoid with IBS.

Dairy products contain the proteins whey and casein which the body finds difficult to digest and could be likely to cause symptoms of IBS.

Dairy products also tend to be high in fat, and diets that are high in fat also bring on IBS symptoms.

Some IBS sufferers like to eat yogurt for their probiotic qualities, but if you want probiotics, you can get probiotic supplements that don't contain the whey and casein proteins.

Caffeine is a stimulant and can cause contractions in the gastrointestinal tract. Tea and especially coffee, can trigger severe IBS attacks in some people.

Try drinking peppermint tea as an alternative, or better still, calendula (marigold) petal tea with a spoonful of honey - a recent discovery that Rick made in his herbalism studies.

Even decaffeinated coffee has an enzyme which has a strong irritating influence on the gut, so avoiding caffeine all together can be a really good move.

Red meat
Red meat is high in fats and is hard to digest.

Red meats take a long time to travel through the body and can literally start to go off while still inside us, causing the release of toxins. These can bring on an IBS attack. It also becomes a free-radical fest that the body has to deal and cope with, forming dead foam cells in the arteries that can become carcinogenic.

Insoluble fiber
It was once believed that any type of fiber was good for IBS sufferers if they were prone to constipation.

However, studies have now shown that insoluble fiber can be extremely irritant to the bowel in many cases. This of course presents a particular problem to IBS sufferers, because Insoluble fiber is in virtually all of the healthy foods that we should be eating. If you avoid insoluble fiber, your diet will be very unhealthy and nutritiously poor.

The solution is to understand that not all insoluble fiber foods will have the same effect on your gut, and because IBS is different for everyone, it's a case of finding out which foods containing insoluble fiber you can tolerate the best.
The most effective way to do that is to use a food diary.

Once you know which insoluble fiber-based foods you have the greatest tolerance for, you should be able to include those foods in your wider diet in moderation.

Insoluble fiber occurs mostly in plant-based foods (fruits and vegetables) such as:

Oats, barley, apples, oranges, carrots, dried beans, psyllium, citrus fruits, whole wheat products, onions, brassica-type plants, sprouting seeds, nuts, corn, grains.

These are just a few examples, the list can be very long and contains most of the natural foods that are generally good for us. As a rule of thumb, if the food is stringy, fibrous, has a husk or shell or other hard bits within its construct, then it will most likely contain insoluble fiber.

Soluble fiber on the other hand, can be very good for IBS sufferers regardless whether they are IBS-C (constipation dominant) or IBS-D (diarrhea dominant) and can help with both by soothing the GI tract.

Carbonated drinks
These can cause gassiness and bloating. They also usually contain artificial sweeteners and unnatural sugars as well as citrus acids plus a whole host of other well-known IBS triggers. Not recommended for IBS sufferers. Avoid whenever possible.

Artificial sweeteners
These are pretty big on our list of foods to avoid with IBS.These can trigger diarrhea and act as an irritant to the GI tract. They are present in many foods and are difficult to avoid. They can also allegedly produce side-effects ranging from diarrhea, panic attacks, stomach pain, headaches and a whole host of other nasties that simply aren't worth getting involved with.

Reading the labels on processed foods will help you to avoid these hidden menaces.

Alcohol can be an irritant to the GI tract (some types more than others).

It also causes dehydration and can trigger severe IBS attacks, especially in IBS-C sufferers. Some IBS sufferers can tolerate alcohol in moderation, but it's acidity can be problematic if taken in quantity.

Rick suggests that if you do want to engage with alcohol, that making your own wine is well worth giving a try, because you can make it very naturally without all the chemicals, sulfates and additives that the manufacturers put in shop-brought wines. He has claimed great success in this area and often talks about having zero ill-effects the next day after drinking his home-made wines, compared to feeling rough after consuming off-the-shelf shop-brought wines.

This is not an exhaustive list of foods to avoid with IBS, but does cover the basics. We always emphasise that IBS is a very individual condition and not every one's symptoms are the same, so it's a case of figuring out what works best for you.

If you feel we have missed something, and would like to add to this list, please use the contact us page.

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