Moving through the 3 phases of the low FODMAP diet is the best way to find out if FODMAPs are IBS symptom triggers for you. If you are FODMAP sensitive, the diet is highly effective at alleviating IBS symptoms.
Chiles contain capsaicin, which is a known gut irritant. If the tiniest sprinkle of cayenne, drizzle of hot sauce, or jalapeno garnish send you into IBS agony, you might want to hold back on the spicy additions.
There are many kinds of eating patterns. Do you skip meals? Or maybe you graze all day long? Any of these eating patterns can trigger IBS symptoms. Those of us suffering with IBS do best with consistent meal patterns.
Stress can stimulate symptom flare-ups in IBS; bouts of IBS are stressful. This can become a vicious cycle. When you feel anxious, it increases your sensitivity to IBS symptoms, including pain, gas and diarrhea.
IBS affects 10 to 15% of the world’s population – and is believed to be under-diagnosed. While there is no cure for the disorder, we do know what can exacerbate IBS symptoms, and also what can be done to calm our digestive system.
The low FODMAP diet is a medically directed, clinically proven diet that has been shown to alleviate symptoms in up to 75% of those suffering with IBS. Knowing your triggers can help temper your IBS flares. Working with a Registered Dietitian is the surest way to symptom-free health.