Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS being a disease of the intestine, diet plays a very important role in preventing and treating this disease. It is very important to be specific regarding what you eat and what you don’st. You need to take special care of your meals.

It is a disease that is more common in women and can occur in the age of 20 itself.
Be careful about your diet and try to follow the instructions that are given below.

Is fibrous food helpful for IBS?

Fiber is very helpful because it helps the intestine to work properly. There are two types of fiber i.e. soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Both are useful in different ways. In case of IBS, you can take both the fibers to recover.

Food items that are rich in soluble fiber are: Beans, apples and citrus fruits.

Food items that are rich in insoluble fiber are: Wheat bran, whole grain breads, brown rice and all other fresh vegetables.

Is any Food Harmful for IBS?

  • Food in general is not harmful in this disease, but some food might make you feel worse.
  • Food items that contain fat and caffeine may make conditions worse for you. Alcohol and chocolates also prove harmful in this case.
  • If you are already facing a problem of gas then certain food items like cabbage, beans, and some other fruits like banana etc may not be suitable for you.

Are Milk and Milk Products Harmful too?

Sometimes, milk and milk products may trouble you. This means you have lactose intolerance. Talk to your doctor and stop taking milk and milk products immediately.

Tips to Control IBS

There are certain easy tips that you need to follow to get rid of IBS. These are as follows:

  • Eat healthy food, but avoid fat (especially animal fat).
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Try to eat 5 to 6 small meals a day, rather than eating 2 to 3 large meals. Small meals are easy to digest and take very little time too.
  • Try to deal with your stress in a better way.
  • Try to avoid alcohol and smoking as much as possible.

An Ideal Meal Plan for IBS Patients.

This meal plan provides 25 – 30 g of fibre from a variety of sources and 30 – 35 g of fat depending on the quantity of added margarine, oil and fat content of dairy foods.

To make the diet plan simpler for you, we have chalked out a simple diet chart for your breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast-

Have a bowl of high fiber cereal like oatmeal, untoasted muesli or porridge. Along with this take a cup of fresh fruits, or canned fruits. You can also eat brown bread toast with margarine and honey. Take green tea along with this.

Lunch-

Eat sandwiches made of brown bread or wholemeal bread and low fat cheese/margarine, lean beef/poultry, tinned fish and salad. You can also eat a cup of fruit salad with sour yogurt along with your meal. If you want to drink fruit juice then ensure that the juice is diluted.

Dinner-

Eat lean grilled poultry with water/lime juice. Combine this with salad, boiled potatoes and wholemeal bread.

Snacks for the whole day-

Brown bread, low-fat wafers/cookies, and wholemeal crumpets with honey. For beverages, you can have lime water, green tea or diluted fresh juice.