There are Many Types of IBS Diets...see which one works for you!

Which IBS diet should you follow? There are many different IBS diets out there that may be recommended or IBS treatment. I have personally tried them all! By far, the Food Combining Diet has been the most effective for me, and has provided me with the most immediate results.

Food Combining Diet - This is the least restrictive, easiest to follow, and the one that has provided me with results within only one day of trying it. The concept is that there are different enzymes needed to digest different types of foods. If two of the wrong foods are eaten together, the enzymes cannot work effectively, leaving undigested food in your intestinal tract. This leads to abdominal pain, gas and bloating.

Specific Carbohydrate Diet – Also called the SCD, this diet emphasizes eating only certain carbohydrates that are comprised of a single molecule, thus making them more easily absorbed and less irritating to the intestinal wall. Most breads and pastas are to be avoided on this diet.

GAPS Diet – GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. It is similar to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet in that breads and pastas are not allowed. The GAPS diet is more strict about dairy products and discusses how they can be very irritating and even toxic to some individuals.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free – Some individuals with IBS will notice an obvious improvement in their symptoms if they avoid products containing gluten, such as wheat, barley and rye and also dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt.

Candida Diet – An overgrowth of yeast in the body may be to blame for IBS symptoms. This diet can be very restrictive, avoiding bread, pastas, fruit and most sweeteners.

High Fiber Diet – This is the typical recommendation by the medical community when you are diagnosed with IBS. High fiber may work for some, but it can be irritating to most people with IBS.

Soluble Fiber Diet – This diet involves including some soluble fiber in your diet at every meal, whether it be through a fiber supplement, or the food itself.

As much as it may be a pain to have to follow a diet plan, there is a plus! All of these diets are very healthy. Whichever one works best for you will not only help resolve your IBS symptoms, but will be very beneficial to your health in the long run.

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