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					You can design your own special way of eating for irritable bowel
syndrome control by keeping a food and symptoms diary. There are some
common diets that include recommendations about what to avoid when it
comes to food for irritable bowel syndrome control. But, these can only
go so far. Some people are sensitive to wheat products while others are
sensitive to dairy. And still others are sensitive to fructose and sugar
substitutes. In order to keep restrictions to a minimum and still
control symptoms, it typically works best to design a unique plan for
eating for irritable bowel syndrome, based on individual preferences and
sensitivities.      Most doctors recommend that you eat a variety of food
for irritable bowel syndrome control. And, that what you eat is healthy
and well-balanced. A plan for eating for irritable bowel syndrome with
diarrhea will differ from one for IBS with constipation. In cases where
both constipation and diarrhea are experienced at different times, a food
and symptoms diary is particularly helpful. In the diary, you would note
what symptoms you are experiencing and what foods you ate recently.
Balance is the key to eating for irritable bowel syndrome control when
both constipation and diarrhea are experienced.


  Fiber is an important part of any plan for eating for irritable bowel
syndrome control. It is recommended that healthy adults consume 20-35
grams of fiber per day. A food and symptoms diary will also help you
determine how much fiber you are consuming and supplement when necessary.
A high fiber cereal may not be a good choice of food for irritable bowel
syndrome with diarrhea, but fiber should not be excluded completely. If
you are designing your own way of eating for irritable bowel syndrome
control and you commonly have diarrhea, you may want to start with twenty
grams of fiber per day, the low end of the scale, rather than a larger
amount.      When eating for irritable bowel syndrome control, doctors
typically recommend excluding caffeine, alcohol and sodas. These
products can increase diarrhea, but they can also slow down the digestive
system causing bloating and constipation. In addition, fructose is not
the best choice of food for irritable bowel syndrome control when
diarrhea is present. Fructose is a simple sugar found in most fruit and
fruit juices. It is an ingredient in many processed foods. Chocolate is
another bad choice of food for irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea.
It tends to have a laxative effect and is highly acidic.        If you
are designing a plan for eating for irritable bowel syndrome with
diarrhea, you may need to check the ingredients on foods that you
commonly eat. You do not want to exclude all fruit from your diet.
Fruit is an important part of any well balanced diet, supplying many
essential vitamins and nutrients, as well as dietary fiber found in
edible skins. This is why a food and symptoms diary is so important.
Undoubtedly you will find that there are certain foods that cause more
problems than others.        Yogurt is a food for irritable bowel
syndrome control that is often recommended. It contains something called
probiotics which are believed to improve the balance between good and bad
bacteria in the digestive tract. A food diary will help you determine if
it is a good food choice for you.        If you are designing your own
plan for eating for irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea, you may want
to avoid the fried and fatty foods, as well as products containing the
ingredient olean. If constipation is your problem, you may need to avoid
highly processed foods like chips, cookies and white rice. Any of these
could be causing you problems; the best way to learn what foods to avoid
is by using a food and symptoms diary. This cannot be overemphasized, in
this writer's opinion. And don't forget to drink plenty of water. Water
is an important part of any healthy diet, but is particularly important
when eating for irritable bowel syndrome control; both when constipation
is present, to soften the stool and when diarrhea is present, to prevent
dehydration from fluid loss. Most experts recommend eight 8 ounce
glasses of water per day or 64 ounces total.      For more information
about eating for irritable bowel syndrome control or for information
about other digestive problems, visit www.digestive-disorders-guide.com.
Patsy Hamilton has more than twenty years experience as a healthcare
professional and currently writes informational articles for the
Digestive Disorders Guide. Read more at http://www.digestive-disorders-
guide.com.


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