What is irritable bowel syndrome? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is common, affecting as many as 20 percent of Americans, and yet it remains a mystery. No one knows exactly what causes it, and there is no way for a doctor to make a definitive diagnosis. What's certain is that food can trigger flare-ups of the disorder — by finding out what foods are your personal triggers, you can learn how to eat meals that are safe for your stomach. It is also important to know which foods to avoid.
Learn the basics of irritable bowel syndrome — and find out how food affects your condition.
What is IBS? Find out here.
The best foods for IBS health are those that are gentle on the digestive system. By finding out what foods are your personal triggers, you can learn how to eat meals that are safe for your stomach.
How do you know if you have lactose intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome?
Find out what's causing your symptoms.
Many experts recommend fiber supplements, but they are not always the best medicine.
Find out if fiber supplements are for you.
This diet is meant for people with severe diarrhea-predominant IBS. Follow it for five to seven days to determine what foods are triggering your IBS.
Follow this diet for severe constipation-predominant IBS and as a follow-up to the extreme elimination diet.
This elimination diet is designed to help people who suffer from severe, persistent, diarrhea-predominant IBS determine which foods may be aggravating their condition.
FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates that are often poorly digested in the intestine and, when fermented by bacteria that live in the gut, can cause a host of digestive woes. Find out if you should go on a low FODMAP diet.
No one knows what causes IBS, but certain foods are known to set off its painful symptoms. Here are the most common IBS triggers.