3) Alcohol – Just as people are inclined to drink coffee in the morning, they are also inclined to consume alcohol in the evening. People say that alcohol helps in relaxation, but some are puzzled by this statement. This is because people also reason that they drink coffee to help them become alert. Does this mean that people need help in everything that they do? But that’s a question for another day. Alcohol should be excluded from irritable bowel syndrome because it irritates your digestive tract, triggering symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
4) Vitamins – Some people think that they should take vitamins in order to avoid the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. The truth is, however, different vitamins affect the body in different ways. Some vitamins could soothe the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and some could aggravate it. The only way to know for sure is to go consult your physician for some advice on which vitamins to include in your irritable bowel syndrome diet. A good probiotic is essential for IBS sufferers. Also be sure that most of your vitamins are not synthetic but rather a natural sources coming from whole foods.5) Avoiding certain fruits and vegetables – People who know that these contain insoluble fiber avoid fruits and vegetables because they think that these will trigger the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.However, you should realize that avoiding these foods could invite diseases into your body. It is true that foods containing insoluble fiber can trigger your symptoms, but eating these foods with a quantity of soluble fiber will be the best thing you can do. Be sure to make a list of fruits and vegetables that cause unusual symptoms. It is also a must to have your vegetable steamed or fully cooked. 6) Soluble fiber – Some people neglect to take soluble fiber supplements. They might think that these supplements will aggravate their symptoms simply because soluble fiber is mainly advertised as a laxative. However, people should know that soluble fiber is a stabilizer, and should be included in the irritable bowel syndrome diet to help you minimize the symptoms. Other food sources containing fiber which are recommended for IBS symptoms include: If you suffer from diarrhea (apples, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, peas). If you suffer with constipation (zucchini, broccoli, cabbage, leafy greens). 7) Soda – Carbonated drinks should not be included in your irritable bowel syndrome diet. These are not included in the advice to drink plenty of water. This is because of the fact that carbonated drinks will definitely trigger your irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. If you like carbonated drinks for the bubble feel in your mouth then a great natural substitute is mineral spring water that contains fruit flavors such as: lemon, watermelon, strawberry and blueberry. Some of the main triggers that may cause symptoms of IBS include: 1. Food: The role of allergies or intolerance to certain foods is still under research. food allergies rarely cause IBS however people who suffer with IBS their symptoms become worse with consuming certain beverages, wheat, dairy products, carbonated drinks, cabbage, beans and citrus fruits. 2. Hormones: Unfortunately women are twice as likely to have IBS due to hormonal changes in their bodies. Some of these symptoms can be related to a woman’s menstrual cycle or menopause. 3. Stress: Individuals that suffer with IBS are easily triggered by stressful situations in life. Symptoms of IBS are often triggered or aggravated when a stressful event is about to occur. It’s also important to recognize when stressful situations or events before symptoms arise in order to combat them right away. Main causes of may include: Inflammation of the intestines, infections, changes in the gut microbiome, nervous system abnormalities which may cause pain, diarrhea or constipation and muscle contractions in the intestines. Finding ways to deal with stress and other triggers related to irritable bowel syndrome includes: getting nutritional counseling to handle stress around nutrition. Finding relaxing exercises can help release the tension around the muscles in the colon, neck and other body parts which can cause neurological triggers related to IBS symptoms. Mindful techniques can help IBS sufferers by shifting the stressful events with gaining the ability to be fully present in the moment rather than being overwhelmed with what’s going on in the world around them. There are millions of individuals suffering with IBS around the world. Many of them are women, including all different age ranges. Most researchers and doctors still aren’t sure as to the reason why IBS occurs. However, finding alternative ways to cope with IBS can be life changing. Camille McClellan, MD, DNM, MBS Naturopathic practitioner McClellan Natural Health, Wellness & Nutrition Free Naturopathic/Homeopathic Consults Available