As you know diet is 90% of the battle and IS important to improving your health and being healthy while living with IBS. If your doctor says "eat whatever you want", find a new doctor.. seriously, that's terrible advice.
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- First-line dietary management: clinical and dietary evaluation and healthy eating and lifestyle management, with some general advice on lactose and NSP.
- Second-line dietary management: Advanced dietary interventions to alleviate symptoms resulting from NSP and fermentable carbohydrates, and use of probiotics.
- Third-line dietary management: Elimination and empirical diets.
- To improve IBS symptoms, remove milk and dairy products. When milk sensitivity is suspected and a lactose hydrogen breath test is unavailable or appropriate, attempt a trial period of a low-lactose diet, particularly in individuals in ethnic groups associated with a high prevalence of primary lactase deficiency (D).
- Treat individuals in whom lactose hydrogen breath test is positive with a low-lactose diet (D).
- When milk is suspected to be a problem food and symptoms do not improve on a low-lactose diet, consider the contribution of other components of milk, such as cow's milk protein. Consider a milk-free diet or use of an alternative mammalian milk (D).
- Avoid dietary supplementation with wheat bran. Individuals with IBS should not increase their wheat bran intake above their usual dietary intake (C).
- A 3-month trial of dietary supplementation of ground linseeds is recommended for individuals with constipation-predominant IBS, as symptom improvement may be gradual (D).
- Consider reducing intake of fermentable carbohydrates for individuals with IBS and suspected or diagnosed fructose malabsorption (B).
- Consider reducing intake of fermentable carbohydrates for individuals with IBS and abdominal bloating, abdominal pain, and/or flatulence (D).
- Individual tolerance levels to fermentable carbohydrates may vary. A planned and systematic challenge of foods high in fermentable carbohydrates can identify both individual tolerance levels and which foods can be reintroduced to the diet (D).
- After the above steps, consider probiotics, selecting 1 product at a time and monitoring the effects, as there is considered to be no harm associated with probiotics for individuals with IBS (B).
- Each probiotic trial should last a minimum of 4 weeks at the manufacturer's recommended dose (B).
- Particularly for patients with diarrhea-predominant IBS, consider an elimination or empirical diet when food appears to be a trigger for IBS symptoms (D).
- If symptoms do not improve within 2 to 4 weeks, the specific foods eliminated are an unlikely cause of IBS symptoms (D).