Many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) find that eating prompts symptoms of abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea (or, sometimes, alternating periods of constipation and diarrhea), and bloating. Making adjustments to your diet may provide relief.
Limit or eliminate foods that may make your symptoms worse, including caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods, gas-producing foods (such as beans, cabbage, and broccoli), foods high in fructose (such as soda pop, and citrus fruits) and the artificial sweeteners sorbitol and xylitol (often used in sugarless gum and sugarless candy).
EnteraGam™ is a prescription medical food product indicated for the clinical dietary management of intestinal disorders including loose or frequent stools. It is a powder that can be:
- easily dissolved in water or other liquids, including fruit-flavored drinks, sports drinks or energy drinks
- mixed in yogurt, pudding or other soft foods that do not have a strong acidic content.
The recommended initial dosing of EnteraGam™ is 1 packet daily or in divided doses, taken with or without food. The dose may be increased up to 4 packets daily.
The low FODMAP diet eliminates more complex sugars, and has demonstrated a greater relief of IBS symptoms and is now accepted and recommended as one of the most effective dietary therapies for IBS. The low FODMAP diet is best managed through an educated dietician.
Keep a Personal Symptom Journal of what you eat and whether you experience symptoms after eating and discuss this with your physician.
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