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Diet For IBS

Food triggers for individuals suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome can vary from person to person. Typically, however, certain foods seem to aggravate IBS symptoms more than others. Therefore, if you have IBS, you should begin developing a special diet for IBS to exclude such irritants.

Foods to Avoid in Your IBS Diet

Meat, dairy products, and fried foods are particularly bothersome for all aspects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In some people, high fat content causes violent colon spasms or triggers sudden diarrhea. For other individuals, heavy animal proteins, low fiber consumption, and general dehydration can lead to drastically slowed colon contractions. This slowing of the digestive process can in turn lead to severe constipation.

No matter what Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms you experience, three categories of foods in particular irritate the colon easily and should be eliminated from your diet for IBS altogether.

Stay Away from Meat

  • Bacon
  • Bologna
  • Corned beef
  • Ground beef or hamburger
  • Ham
  • Hot dogs
  • Kielbasa
  • Pastrami
  • Pepperoni
  • Pork chops
  • “Processed” or potted meats
  • Roast beef
  • Salami
  • Sausage
  • Steak

Also, you should abstain from anything else derived from cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and other domesticated livestock as part of your special diet for IBS. Even a healthy digestive stomach has difficulty breaking down large quantities of animal protein on a regular basis.

Generally, wild game such as deer provides a higher quality of meat due to its more natural environment plus increased levels of activity versus standing around in a field being fattened up all year long. For additional protein, you can consume organic eggs (preferably just the whites) and a variety of beans and lentils.

Don’t Drink Dairy

Dairy is a common Irritable Bowel Syndrome trigger even if you’re not lactose intolerant. It’s not just the high fat content of most dairy products that causes IBS to flare up. Even skim and “lactose-free” dairy products can trigger IBS attacks. In addition to high amounts fat and the lactose sugar, dairy contains the proteins whey and casein which can cause severe digestion problems.

Yogurt is traditionally recommended as an “easily digestible” dairy product because the fermentation process has reduced the levels of lactose you consume. Therefore, some people might suggest you include it as part of your diet for IBS. Nonetheless, even non-fat yogurts contain whey and casein and should be avoided for this reason.

Be Free of Fried

  • Anything battered and deep-fried (French fries, onion rings, okra, corn dogs, fish sticks, etc.)
  • Fried meats (chicken, pork, beef, etc.)
  • Salad dressings, toppings, and spreads (mayonnaise, tartar sauce, whipped cream, etc.)
  • Cooking oils or fats (shortening, margarine, butter, etc.)
  • Fattening breads and sweets (croissants, pastries, buttered biscuits, doughnuts, pie crusts, etc.)
  • Hydrogenated-oil cooked snacks (non-baked chips, corn chips, nachos, fried fruit or veggie snacks)
  • Misc. high-calorie foods (coconut products, chocolate, olives, nuts and nut butters)

The core component of a special diet for IBS is to avoid foods that irritate the colon and to consume more foods that help regulate it. This two-pronged approach will help you avoid symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, gas, and bloating.

Begin to implement the following strategies:

  • Strictly limit intake of dietary fat
  • Consume high amounts of soluble fiber with every snack and meal
  • Eliminate coffee, carbonated beverages, and alcohol
  • Avoid overeating in general by having frequent small meals instead of a few large ones.

It is also important to avoid cigarettes, as tobacco wreaks havoc on the digestive tract as well as the lungs. Symptoms of can vary between individuals. In most cases, symptoms will be more severe for people that do not make healthy lifestyle choices such as maintaining a diet for IBS, increasing exercise, and avoiding stress. Some people have become relatively symptom-free thanks to the benefits of a balanced lifestyle and diet for IBS symptoms that does not aggravate their condition further.

To review, certain foods like meat and fats can cause rapid intestinal spasms leading to an inability of the colon to properly compact waste, ultimately leading to diarrhea. Too much protein in meat and beans can also cause a total halt in healthy peristalsis, creating bouts of constipation.

Whatever symptoms you may be experiencing, occasional colon cleansing with an organic supplement can help you avoid some of the irritation associated with your digestive difficulties. Oxy-Powder® promotes regularity by flushing the colon with nascent oxygen for liquefying compacted waste and ridding the body of toxins. Oxy-Powder® works without harsh stimulants or chemicals, unlike laxatives and enemas, so it isn’t addictive and doesn’t create a situation of physical dependency.

Oxy-Powder® also will not interfere with your special diet for IBS since it doesn’t alter the actions of your digestive system (by forcing a bowel movement) but merely supports its optimal functioning. Avoid the bad foods that trigger your IBS symptoms, drink plenty of purified water to help flush out toxins, get more exercise and rest, and try colon cleansing to help your digestive system work its best!

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