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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Foods that can alleviate symptoms of IBS include those that are high in insoluble fiber. Fiber helps your body to digest food and absorb nutrients. Also, try to eat small meals more often as large meals can cause cramping and bloating. Stress is believed to play a major role in inducing IBS, and drinking peppermint oil tea may help to relax bloating. Some studies have shown that lactose intolerance, sensitivity to milk and milk products, may trigger symptoms of IBS. If you suffer from IBS, digestion may be helped by consuming foods that contain Lactobacillus acidophilus, the "friendly bacteria."

Mega-Recipes
We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

acidophilus
Lactobacillus acidophilus maintains a proper balance of bacteria in lower intestines, and aids in digestion. It is particularly good for people who can't digest lactose in milk.
Leading Food Sources of acidophilus: Yogurt

fiber, insoluble
Foods high in insoluble fiber move through your body rapidly, and help to maintain proper functioning of your colon. To avoid constipation, make sure to consume at least 8 glasses of water a day to move the fiber through your colon.
Leading Food Sources of fiber, insoluble: Figs, Rice, brown, Peas, fresh, Beans, dried, Prunes, Raisins & Currants, Wheat

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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