Nutrition therapy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can help you feel less constipated and bloated. It can also help ease diarrhea. It may be helpful to keep a food diary so when digestive problems arise, it may help you identify the offending food(s). Keep a list of changes that may make you feel better or worse. In general, it is recommended to do the following:
- Eat meals and snacks on a regular schedule.
- Aim for 5-6 small meals per day. Do not skip meals.
- Increase fiber slowly. Aim for 25-35 grams daily. High fiber foods include whole grains, beans and fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Aim for 6-8 cups of water in addition to your other daily beverages.
- Follow a low-fat diet, as it is better tolerated.
It may be beneficial to schedule an appointment with a Registered Dietitian (RD) in order to get a customized plan for your specific digestive issues. To find an RD in your area, visit http://www.eatright.org.