Many of us up and down the country are suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), myself included. When I was first diagnosed, I didn’t think too much into the condition and obviously, I didn’t realise how chronic the condition is or can get. Many foods can worsen the condition and in some cases, cause an ‘attack’ leaving us in an abundance amount of pain with a hard swollen belly. In this blog post, I’ve put bullet-pointed 5 different foods you should try to avoid if you suffer from the condition.
5 foods to avoid if you suffer from IBS
BROCCOLI – Believe it or not, broccoli is actually really hard for our body to digest and can, unfortunately, trigger symptoms. Even for people who don’t suffer from IBS, when digesting broccoli, it can cause gas and constipation (so just imagine what it does for us suffering from a bad gut).
GARLIC & ONION – Garlic & onion are great for seasoning foods, however not so great for your gut. They can be difficult for our intestines to break down which can cause painful gas and cramping (especially if eaten raw).
GLUTEN – This one may come with no surprise to many of you. Gluten is found in grains, rye, wheat & barley and can cause us IBS sufferers extreme pain when consumed (especially if a lot is consumed). Some of the typical nutritious alternatives to gluten are things such as buckwheat and quinoa.
DAIRY – I love milk and all other dairy products way too much. So much so that I do still consume a lot of dairy in my diet. Many types of dairy are high in fat which isn’t great for people suffering from IBS. Consumption of dairy can lead to pain and the need to go to the toilet. If you love dairy as much as me, switching to low-fat dairy or non-fat dairy may reduce IBS symptoms.
CHOCOLATE – As sad as it is, chocolate should be avoided as it can trigger your IBS. This is because of the high fat and sugar contents. If you LOVE chocolate and cannot part with it, there are many vegan alternatives on the market today. I personally think the NOMO chocolate is the best but I know they do others.
I’ve recently discovered the ‘low FODMAP’ diet which is essentially the ‘IBS diet’. I won’t lie though, I still have 0 idea when it comes down to making myself a low FODMAP meal…..I’m all open to your suggestions, so please if you can, help me out as I’m struggling so much!