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Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D.

Eating Healthy and IBS Symptoms

By January 30, 2013

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As we near the end of January, how are you all doing with your New Year's Resolutions? Was one of them to try to "eat healthier"? Did your efforts in this area help or hurt your IBS? Sometimes, the increase in "healthy foods" causes an increase in IBS symptoms. Many fruits and vegetables are on the list of gassy foods. If this is indeed happening to you, do not give up hope. Eating healthier with IBS has become more manageable with the development of the low FODMAPs diet. This diet scientifically identifies specific foods that are harder and those that are easier on the digestive systems of IBS patients.

If you haven't already done so, and before you give up on your efforts to eat healthier in 2013, take a look at the low FODMAPs diet to see if it might be right for you:

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February 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm
(1) Benny says:

My New Years resolution did involve another diet…sigh. When you have IBS it presents a whole other set of problems which of course is what your article outlines about foods that trigger IBS. I have found that a good probiotic and a high quality quad action enzyme help with IBS symptoms and help me stick to a diet.

February 6, 2013 at 12:58 am
(2) Sue says:

I attempted this diet along with the paleo diet for two weeks. My symptoms got worse, which is typical when I try to eat healthy fruits and vegetables. I went back to my old eating habits, but I am still not feeling well. I also started a probiotic, but I don’t notice any difference.

What is this quad enzyme and is it safe?

The foods on the low FODMAPs list bother my stomach. I used to eat soluble fiber first before these insoluble fiber foods, but my stomach has become sensitive to soluble fiber foods ( e.g. White bread, white rice).

Any suggestions? After years of doctors, holistic treatments and numerous diets, I am realizing that nothing works. Every day is a struggle, but at least the pain isn’t severe.


February 8, 2013 at 9:38 am
(3) Dr. Bolen says:

Benny, thanks for sharing your tips. Sue, I also have never heard of a quad enzyme. I have written about digestive enzymes: “Digestive Enzymes for IBS. And Sue, have you consulted with a nutritionist?

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