Which type of food one should aavoid?If the exercise gives you more pain then also one has to persist with it? Which is the best way to remove constipation and heart burn ? kmbhatt------------------kmbhatt
Dr. Bhatt - Your first question is a good one! I have suffered from this disease for 8 years, and I still don't know which foods to avoid. What you could eat today, you may not be able to eat tomorrow.However, I started keeping a food diary, which helped me identify my "trigger" foods. For me that is high fat items, and certain complex carbohydrates - potoates, sweet potatoes, bread, pastas.Excercise does not bother me. I excercise regularly, and it seems to help control my diarrhea. Of course, I make sure I do not eat before I excecise, otherwise I have a problem, because eating seems to overstimulate my peristalsis. I have a bowel movement almost without fail after I eat a meal.Welcome to the board. I hope you find some answers to your questions, here!
Dear Dr. KMB,well I opened this tread cause I thought YOU (being a Dr.) had the answer.
I have had this $hit for 40 years and it hard to tell what foods do and don't help me.
Accept sugars make it worse.As for excercise I use to be an excercise freak
for years. In past few years I gave up and only thing I do now is a little streching excercises and walking my dog each AM. But it made no difference, I still have my problem. Mostly C and gas but D sometimes. Wish I had a better answer. ------------------ Don't make ME come down there!!. GOD
Dr. Are you D or C? Everyone of us seems to be different as far as what we can handle and what we can't, but I have noticed that those of us with the same form can usually give some usefull ideas to one another.I hope we can help you.
Welcome to the board.------------------Chris from Colorful Colorado!!!
It is so crazy that one time you can eat something and not be bothered and the next run to the bathroom as fast as you can.I have been so successful taking Caltrate plus calcium supplement with minerals I feel as though I do not have IBS anymore. If I stop the calcium it comes right back.Linda
Welcome to the board Dr.! I've noticed from your profile that you are from India - I know that Indian food is very spicy so perhaps the spices could be giving you trouble. Try a bland diet and see how that works - maybe baked chicken breast, turkey or fish with rice and well cooked veggies. Make sure seasoning is to a miniumum - maybe just salt, dill, fennel, a little lemon juice. Are you IBS-C or IBS-D? I hope this helps and that you find relief!!![This message has been edited by kitty (edited 08-05-99).]
Welcome DR. For me one day I can eat everthing then the next I can't. Fast food is the worse fir me so I avoid that. I have IBS-C with some D The pain is unbearable when it comes. I wish their was an easy answer for you. Are you asking about this for youself or for your patients? What kind fo doctor are you? Just curious. Welcome again I hope some of this helps a little. Good luck!MRW
Food sensitivities can be variable, as we are all a little different in our body's chemical make-up/heredity as well as any underlying medical problem that may be adding to the cause of our IBS. Generally speaking avoiding acidic foods-those containing citric acid, spicey hot and fatty foods, caffeine and alcohol may make indigestion better. Some have to stay away from dairy as well. For constipation, adding gradual amounts of fiber in your diet; like oat bran or finely ground flax meal can be very helpful along with drinking lots of filtered water. Herbal teas are great to follow the fiber with too. Avoiding cheese, and white flour and refined sugar products is a good idea in constipation as well. If you have a bloating problem, try eliminating that soda pop. Vigorous exercise might not be a good idea, but you do need some exercise. Just do it at a slower more relaxed pace and stop when your body tells you to. Floor exercises, stretches, isometrics/strengthening, and walking exercize is good. Take breaks in between with slow and deep abdominal breathing. Lie on your back with your legs flexed, then on all fours do the pelvic rock, then rest your elbows (bent and extended to the side) on the carpeted floor with your head resting on your hands folded one over the other, then finish off by resting on your left side in the fetal posistion to get rid of excess gas. Welcome to this BB Dr. Kalpana/Bhatt. May we call you a shorter version of your name/nickname? ------------------[This message has been edited by moldie (edited 08-06-99).]
TO answer the doctor's question, trigger foods are different for each person suffering with IBS. I agree that there are certain constants, like the avoidance of spicy foods and fatty foods. I avoid fast food like the plague. If I go out to eat, I will most often order a grilled chicken sandwich or a grilled chicken salad. Ocassionally I allow myself to have some french fries, but that's about as far as I'll go. Personally, I run about 3 miles 3 times a week and lift weights as well (only lightly however). I am going to join a fitness center near my place of occupation and I am hoping that my IBS will severely decrease as I excercise more. I find that if I don't get any excercise in a week, my ibs symptoms (D) are much worse.
Dr, For me it seems that my trigger food is Onions. I read labels for everything to make sure it has no trace of onions, and I'm very careful about eating out. I also have trouble with veges like brocoli, cabbage, bell peppers,cauliflower - especially if they are raw. Keep a food diary and you may be able to find out what your triggers are. You must first get your IBS under control. It's not likely that you will be able to figure it out until you have a few weeks without pain. My IBS is D.hope this helps--balloon
I agree with the answers that the list of foods to avoid is different for everyone. For the most part, spicy foods don't bother me, although fresh garlic gives me reflux. Onions are also bad, but I think it's from the roughage, because I can tolerate them boiled or in powder form. Greasy foods or gas- or acid-producing vegetables such as cabbage or tomatoes also set me off. Watermelon and strawberries are also toxic for me. Dr. KMB, sometimes it helps to keep a food diary for a month or so to see what your personal triggers are. You may not react to something the first time you eat it, but if it happens two or three times, it's probably bad for you.
Dr. B,As someone else pointed out, it's different for everyone. For me, it's carbohydrates, particularly refined foods (hint: if it's white because of the refinement process - it's not for me!). Also on my list of no-no's: beans (the worst!), chocolate (my favorite, but second worst
), and caffeine (can't live without it!).Debbie
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