People struggling with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have more to deal with aside from the embarrassing and painful symptoms that they suffer. They also have to make necessary lifestyle changes most especially with the way that they eat. With the right eating habits, they can avoid uncomfortable symptoms. What and how then should you eat when you have irritable bowel syndrome? Here are some diet tips that you should try:
Keep a regular eating schedule
Do not skip meals. Eat your breakfast within the first hour of your day and have a meal or snack every three or four hours after. When you go through long gaps without eating, your digestive system fills up with extra air which causes more cramping and bloating.
Eat a balanced diet
This advice is good for everyone but it is especially helpful when you have irritable bowel syndrome. A balanced diet allows your digestive system to work properly. Learn to base your diet on the food pyramid and develop healthy snacking. Instead of grabbing a bag of potato chips on the go, opt for fruits and nuts instead.
Eat moderate portions
Eating meals in big portions stresses out your digestive system. This leads to more cramping and nasty diarrhea. No matter how hungry you are, do not attempt to eat a mammoth-sized meal. To avoid overworking your digestive organs, take smaller portions more frequently.
To promote easier digestion, eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly. This practice also prevents you from gulping air which worsens bloating. Another reason why you should eat slowly is that it reduces stress levels. Because stress is a common trigger of irritable bowel syndrome, relaxing while you eat is an effective way to overcome it.
Eat soluble fiber
Studies suggests that eating soluble fiber helps alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Food that are easy to digest such as oat bran, barley, peas, nuts and seeds soothe your digestive system. Likewise, cereals and other forms of soluble fiber contain psyllium which helps you feel full and control cravings.
Drink plenty of water
Follow the universal rule: drink six to eight glasses of water a day. Loading up on water replenishes your body when you have diarrhea and helps you have regular bowel movement if you are experiencing constipation.
Avoid carbonated and sweetened drinks
Fizzy drinks that are full of air bubbles will add more agony to your situation. Drinking beer and pop promotes the production of gas in your digestive system which is the last thing that you need when you have irritable bowel syndrome. Meanwhile, sweetened drinks contain high amounts of fructose which also causes gas.
Are you struggling to make the necessary lifestyle changes that can help with irritable bowel syndrome? Releasing old patterns truly is difficult but with hypnosis, you can let go of unhealthy habits and replace them with new ones. Over the years, hypnosis has changed many lives for the better. Discover how you can benefit from it. Schedule a free consultation with me by calling 262-264-0214.