Health Tips

Food and IBS

Your relationship with food may be a complicated one, but if you are part of the 10 percent of Americans with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) the struggle is real.

“Those who suffer from IBS know that certain foods can trigger stomach pain, bloating and changes in bowel movement,” Dr. Le-Chu Su, gastroenterologist at UCF Health, said. “Because trigger foods can vary between patients, there’s not one list of off-limit foods.”

However, by avoiding some of the most common trigger foods for IBS symptoms, you may notice less cramping and more bowel movement regularity.

If you have GI concerns, take note of the foods you eat before experiencing symptoms and then talk with your doctor. He or she can provide guidance before you make major dietary modifications. When adopting diets that eliminate food groups, you can put yourself at risk for malnutrition and put your health in danger. So be sure to consult your physician.


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