1. Identify trigger foods
Keep a food diary to monitor what you ate before you experienced the bloat and diarrhea. Track your daily symptoms in a diary for two to three weeks.
2. Don't skip breakfast
It truly is one of the most important meals of the day, especially for those with IBS issues. A meal in the morning helps stimulate the colon and leads to a bowel movement.
3. Experiment with meal sizes
Larger meals can trigger IBS, so try eating smaller meals more frequently. Instead of three big meals, aim for five or six regularly scheduled small meals a day.
4. Cut back on these foods
- Insoluble fiber such as cereal, coffee, and chocolate are known foods that trigger IBS
- Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, beans, onions, and dried fruit are foods that are hard to ingest
- Fatty foods, particularly animal fat, contain a lot of inflammatory chemicals
- Spicy foods are known to trigger IBS symptoms
- Cereals, breads, and other processed foods made from wheat can also lead to trouble
5. Consume these foods
6. Cook homemade meals
Cooking from home gives you better control of the ingredients that go into your meal. This will help you avoid foods that trigger IBS.
Regular exercise can improve bowel functions and help with bloating. If you sit down a lot, make sure to take breaks to get some movement.
8. See a specialist
While all of these suggestions can help you manage your IBS, it’s best to talk to your doctor, particularly if your symptoms change or get worse. You may even want to see a gastroenterologist (a specialist in digestive disorders) to get a better evaluation of those digestive organs and their juices. A registered dietician can help you manage your diet to set you on the right path to manage IBS.
Hopefully, with some changes to your diet and good management, you can bring back the best of times and reduce the distress of IBS.