Patsy Danehy Catsos, M.S., R.D., L.D. is medical nutrition therapist, consultant and writer, with a private practice in Portland, Maine. She enthusiastically empowers her patients and readers to improve wellness with healing foods and nutrition based on cutting edge science. Her trailblazing book, IBS--Free at Last!, now in its second edition, introduced U.S. dietitians, physicians and consumers to an exciting and effective dietary program for relieving the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. She is the editor of www.ibsfree.net, and a sough-after expert on the subject of diet and IBS. Ms. Catsos is active in her professional association, the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and in its Maine affiliate. She is a professional member of the Chrohn's and Colitis Foundation of American and the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease.
If standard therapy for IBS (such as eating more fiber, drinking more fluids, regular exercise and meals) doesn't help, consider trying a low FODMAP diet. This type of diet is not a permanent way of eating, but a dietary experiment to find out whether certain types of sugars or fibers in your diet...Read More
Yes. Gas in the digestive tract is created by gut bacteria when they consume leftover sugars and fibers from our food in a process called fermentation. That is actually a normal and healthy process. But the gas produced does distend the intestines (blows them up a little bit, like a balloon) until it is e...Read More
I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to diet for IBS. You have to work at it a little bit to find out the best diet for you. First, make sure you have tried basic measures like eating regular meals, eating enough fiber and getting enough fluids. If that doesn't work, or if eating more fiber...Read More
While its a good idea to try a high fiber diet, many people with IBS find it doesn't help, or may even make symptoms worse. In that case, a FODMAP elimination diet might help you figure out what kind of, and how much, fiber you can tolerate. FODMAPs are certain sugars and certain fibers in the diet that...Read More