Foods to Eat With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Ill be as brief as well in this one. Read carefully and search anything that doesnt make sense for you. Discuss any of these info with your personal physician or professional medical assistant.

When you are first diagnosed with IBS and trying to figure out what you can eat to relieve the constant cycle of pain and symptoms, it helps to have a list of foods to eat with IBS. IBS safe foods are those that are easy to digest, don’t cause any digestive problems, and can help you get important nutrients your body needs to work properly.

This is usually where a lot of different diet ideas conflict, because some will tell you to do one thing, while someone else might tell you the exact opposite!

I’m all for everyone doing as much of their own research as possible, so I’ll try to include the reasons why I recommend these foods to anyone with IBS. And to of course keep in mind that food sensitivities can be present in anyone to any food (even things you wouldn’t expect!) – so if you think you might be allergic or sensitive to certain foods on this list, make sure you avoid them!

Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are one of the safest foods for anyone to eat, as they are easy to digest. There’s a reason why they are one of baby’s first foods to try! They are high in antioxidants, as well as an anti-inflammatory food. When they are cooked properly, you can incorporate them into a number of different foods.

Blueberries: This is a food a pediatric specialist recommended for children who have irregularities. If you suffer from frequent constipation, blueberries can help – they are also high in antioxidants and vitamin C and a decent source of fiber. If you are following a food combining diet, you’ll want to make sure you follow the rules concerning when to eat fruit.

Flax Seed: Ground flax seed can give you many health benefits, especially concerning Omega 3 Fatty Acids. This powder like substance can be added to a variety of different recipes to give you added health benefits. Avoid whole flax seeds however, as they can be difficult to digest and make problems worse in some individuals.

Walnuts: Walnuts are another good source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Like flax seeds, if you have IBS we suggest grinding them finely to aid in digestion.

Leafy Greens: Green leafy vegetables give your body the many different nutrients it needs in order to perform at its best. Some people complain about having problems digesting them – if that’s the case, either mix them in with your favorite fruits in a smoothie or cook them first to help.

Kefir: Kefir is much like a yogurt drink. While there are some commercially available kefir drinks available, it can be concerning because some of them have carageen in them or are made from soy or milk, which can sometimes worsen IBS symptoms. Fortunately, making your own kefir drinks is pretty easy, all you need is some almond milk (read the ingredient labels carefully!) or other safe similiar beverage and Body Ecology Kefir Starter and you’re set to go!

All Natural and Organic Whole Foods: All natural and organic foods are a must, because most commercially available foods are filled with dangerous chemicals and additives that can only make symptoms worse. Even seemingly “safe” foods can have hidden triggers, which is why we recommend you find the most unprocessed varieties of foods you can find. Read the ingredient labels – if there’s something on there you can’t identify or pronounce, don’t eat it! If eating meat, make sure you also get organic meats, grass fed whenever possible.

Now, it’s also important to understand that it’s not just WHAT you eat…there’s a big difference in how you eat it, too!

Some people have found that food combining is a great help, though it is tricky to follow at first. Having a printable diet journal is imperative in tracking exactly what to eat and what your individual triggers may be.

Some foods are better cooked for some people, others find they are easier to eat when eaten raw. This may vary depending on a number of factors, unfortunately there are no set rules on “always eat this food this way”. But, there are a couple of guidelines:

Limit Eating Out: I’m not going to say never eat out again, but when you reduce the times you go out to eat you usually can help your stomach heal better. You never know what you’ll get when you eat at a restaurant. They usually only use the cheapest of ingredients, which aren’t usually of high quality. Cross contact with trigger foods can also cause some problems as well.

Chew Completely: Digestion starts in your mouth, so it’s important that you carefully and thoroughly chew all of your food. Many people find that grinding food in a food processor and making smoothies can greatly help make it easier to enjoy many things, not to mention eat healthy as well!

Determine Whether Snacks or Meals are Better for You: Some people say with IBS it is better to just have many small snacks, others will tell you it’s best to skip the snacks and stick to three square meals because it helps push food through the digestive tract better. Try both and see if you notice a difference or improvement to determine which one works best for you.

Don’t Overeat: It’s usually better to eat too little and then eat again in 10-15 minutes if you are still hungry. Eating too much food at once makes for more work for your digestive tract to do, so it’s better to not overload it at once!

These are just a few of our many tips available here at IBS Diet Guide, if you want to find out how to manage your IBS so you feel better, we hope you’ll check out our free diet sheets as well as our full program full of all the information you need.

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