Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Diet

27 August 2011 Categories: Articles

A Healthy diet for IBS.

There is no set diet for IBS, everyone reacts differently to foods and I feel it is important to find out which foods your own digestive system doesn’t like. You can find this out with an elimination diet or have a vega test which very quickly and easily pin points your sensitivities.

Having said that, a healthy diet avoiding certain foods will certainly help.

So what is a healthy diet?

  • Avoid all processed foods
  • Cut out all sugar, it puts your immune system to sleep and creates inflammation.
  • Eat low glycaemic foods, so that your sugar levels are kept level.
  • Cut down on dairy foods as it can be a trigger for IBS.
  • Cut down on wheat and find other grains such as oats, rye, buckwheat and millet.
  • If you have any fungal infections in your toes or suffer athletes foot it is possible that you have a fungal problem in the gut and it is important to keep off yeast and all fermented foods such as vinegar, mushrooms yoghurt and cheese.
  • Eat plenty of organic vegetables and especially green ones as they are more alkalising.
  • Eat organic fruit but avoid the high sugar fruits such as melon, mango, pineapple, papaya and grapes.
  • Tomatoes, peppers and chilli can trigger IBS so they are best avoided.
  • I recommend that you cut out alcohol as once again it is full of sugar and very inflammatory.
  • Avoid caffeine and fizzy drinks.
  • Avoid any fried foods.
  • Drink 1-2 litres of water a day.

So home cooking is best with fresh foods, organic fish or chicken and fresh organic vegetables.

Porridge is a great breakfast with soya or rice milk or try a protein breakfast of eggs and grilled bacon, or fish of some sort such as sardines.

A good home made vegetable soup takes a lot of beating with some rye bread or some cold chicken and salad for lunch.
Dinner can be organic meat and vegetables, and fruit for dessert.