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9 Tips for Dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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2. Watch your Fiber


It’s been ingrained in us (pun intended) that it is important to get enough fiber in order to keep regular and to not overeat. However, more fiber is not the solution for all IBS sufferers. So, as we mentioned above, it is important to play close attention to what it is that we are eating and how much fiber we ingest is also something to take note of. This will allow you to gain a better understanding of the influence that fiber has on your body. It might be helpful to gain a better understanding of the two types of fiber: insoluble (the kind that does not dissolve in water like nuts and seeds) and soluble (the kind that does like oats and barley). If you suffer from constipation it might be helpful to avoid foods high in soluble fiber while if you suffer from diarrhea it might be best to avoid foods high in insoluble fiber.