Tips on Diet For Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that interferes with the normal functions of the large intestine (colon). It is characterized by a group of symptoms- crampy abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.

Research suggests that people with IBS seem to have a colon that is more sensitive and reactive than usual to a variety of things including certain foods.

For many people, careful eating reduces IBS symptoms. Before changing your diet, keep a journal noting the foods that seem to cause distress and discuss your findings with your doctor.

  • Dietary products are an important source of calcium and other nutrients- yogurt may be better tolerated than other dairy products. If you are lactose intolerant, it is important to take supplements or get sufficient nutrients from other foods.
  • Dietary fiber may lessen the symptoms of IBS with constipation. Good sources of dietary fiber are whole grain breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables.
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of plain water per day.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages, sodas, chewing gum and eating too quickly, they can lead to swallowing air which leads to excess gas and pain.
  • Eat smaller portioned meals more frequently. It will help if they are low in fat and high in carbohydrates.

    Reprinted From US Department of Health And Human Services

Tips on Nutrition and Aging

  • Nutrition plays a role in cardiovascular disease, some malignancies, adult-onset diabetes and osteoporosis, alcoholism, and recovery from major injury.
  • Malnutrition can weaken the immune system, impair healing following surgery or injury, lessen mobility, and reduce mental capabilities and function.  It is common in older adults.
  • To maintain good health, total fat intake should be reduced to 30% or less of calories. Saturated fat intake should only account for 10% (one third of fat calories). Salt and alcohol intake also should be limited.
  • Dietary fat content composed primarily of monounsaturated fat (eg, olive oil) and polyunsaturated fat (eg, canola, corn and fish oils) may be associated with lower incidence of cardiovascular disease.
  • Foods to be avoided include whole milk and dairy products (ice cream, cheese, butter); commercially baked goods (cookies and crackers); hot dogs, ham  and cold cuts; and oils, gravies, and salad dressing.

Reprinted From American College of Gastroenterology


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