Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a.k.a. IBS, is a chronic health condition affecting more than 35 million Americans. It is one of the most common diagnoses made by gastroenterologists and the seventh most common diagnosis made by physicians.

It is uncertain as to what really causes IBS but experts believe that a combination of abnormal gastrointestinal tract movements alongside disruptions in the communication between the gut and the brain. Also, certain foods can make IBS-related symptoms worsen. So, it is recommended that you avoid these foods if you’re diagnosed with the condition:

1. Dairy Products

They are bad for you since it can increase diarrhea and make your symptoms worse if you are lactose intolerant. It is ideal to switch to low-fat or nonfat dairy to see the symptoms improve. There are dairy alternatives including rice milk and soy cheese which can be consumed by IBS patients. However, since you might miss out on calcium, you might need to take calcium supplements if you have decided to cut out dairy completely.

2. Fried Foods

Fried delicacies, including French fries and chips, should be consumed in moderation in order to avoid IBS-related complications. The high-fat content in these food items might be hard on your digestive system when you are suffering from IBS. You could opt for grilled or baked foods instead.

3. Insoluble Fiber-rich Foods

Although fiber is vital for health, fiber intolerance can make IBS patients experience worsening of their symptoms. Opting for soluble fiber including oatmeal, barley, root vegetables, berries, mangoes, oranges, grapefruit, and legumes can prevent worsening of IBS symptoms.

4. Gluten-containing foods

Some people are allergic to gluten and can experience symptoms similar to diarrhea-predominant IBS. This autoimmune disorder happens as a reaction to gluten ingestion which causes changes in the intestinal cells resulting in impaired nutrient absorption. People with IBS, who are gluten intolerant, can opt for gluten-free products.

5. Processed Foods

Individuals with IBS might want to totally avoid chips, premade frozen meals, and other processed foods. Not only are they high in fat but also contain a lot of additives and preservatives that can trigger or worsen your IBS symptoms.

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