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Which Foods Can Worsen Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an intestinal disorder that causes pain in the stomach, gas, diarrhea or constipation and affects 25 to 45 million people in the United States. The good news is most people with irritable bowel syndrome can control their symptoms by managing their diet, lifestyle and stress.

Exercise helps alleviate stress, a well-known trigger for irritable bowel syndrome. By combining exercise with a healthy diet, you may notice more regularity, fewer cramps and less bloating.

Diet triggers for irritable bowel syndrome

If you have irritable bowel syndrome, you may notice your symptoms worsen after eating certain foods. The list below includes the most common culprits of discomfort for those suffering with IBS:

  • Insoluble fiber
    This is found in the seeds and skins of fruit as well as whole-wheat bread and brown rice.
  • Gluten
    A type of protein commonly found in wheat, barley, rye and oats.
  • Dairy
    These products often contain lactose and fat, both of which can increase diarrhea.
  • Fried Foods
    Foods with high fat content may be especially hard on people with irritable bowel syndrome because they are more difficult to digest.
  • Beans and legumes
    While these options are a good source of fiber, they can also increase gas, bloating and cramps.
  • Caffeine
    Caffeine has a stimulating effect on the intestines, which can cause diarrhea.
  • Chocolate
    Chocolate with high concentrations of caffeine and sugar may trigger IBS.
  • Alcohol
    Beer often contains gluten, a known trigger, but most alcoholic beverages trigger IBS symptoms because of the way it is digested.
  • Garlic and onions
    While these options are a good source of flavor, they can also cause painful gas and cramps.
  • Broccoli and cauliflower
    These vegetables are difficult to digest and are known for causing gas.

Contact Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio at 210-614-1234 forexpert irritable bowel syndrome treatment in San Antonio. We can help you identify which foods may be causing your pain and discomfort and help you feel better—so you can get on with your life.

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