So far, there is no cure for the irritable bowel syndrome; and the only thing that gives you any peace of mind when you suffer from the endless diarrhea, cramps, bloating, pain and food restrictions is the knowledge that you are not alone in your suffering. One out of five Americans has this condition. Luckily though, there is such a thing as an irritable bowel syndrome diet — a carefully planned-out daily diet that takes into account what exactly your digestive system can tolerate.
For some reason, when it comes to IBS, doctors can be less knowledgeable than the patients they treat. Every one of these patients, through having lived with this condition for years, knows instinctively that their choice of diet has everything to do with when their problems occur. They know that if only they could find the right irritable bowel syndrome diet, it would change their lives. To many doctors though, the diet is not a serious part of this condition. They fail to recommend to their patients, a reliable diet that will see them through. And if you try to read up about this, you’ll find that more often than not, published diet information for sufferers of this condition is terribly outdated. What is worse, some of the published information you are likely to see is likely to point you to things that would actually harm you. For instance, if you have IBS, you’ll often hear that standard dietary banality — eat more fruits and vegetables and fiber — in relation to eating right for IBS. That kind of advice, while it is great for certain kinds of circumstances, would be completely wrong for IBS.
And sadly, it can be somewhat challenging to recommend a one-size-fits-all and diet for a complex disease of this kind. Nevertheless, there are a few generalizations that can be made.
It can be particularly difficult to track down IBS. At one moment, you feel a great deal of pain and all those other symptoms right after you eat one kind of food; you think you finally know what bothers your digestive system; later that very same day though, you’ll find that your body has no problem with that food at all. IBS can be extremely difficult to figure out.
Dietary specialists know that it doesn’t make any sense picking one specific food or another to test for an ability to irritate. What you’re looking for are categories of food that your digestive system won’t tolerate. Going after single specific foods would be a waste of time. If you’re thinking of helping yourself with a scientifically-designed irritable bowel syndrome diet, you want to learn what categories of food are bad for you.
In most cases, anything with caffeine, alcohol, fat and carbon dioxide is going to wreak havoc on you. These are foods that stimulate the digestive system — even in people who don’t have irritable bowel syndrome. That’s the quality you’re looking for — foods that will stimulate your digestive system. Anything that does this should be out. You don’t need to deprive yourself of enjoyable food experiences. You just need to make sure that your diet includes none of the above. And you’ll be as right as rain.