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There is a lot written about foods and their effect on your symptoms, but there are some very simple principles that you can use to determine what is right for you.
I’m sure you have noticed that certain foods upset your gut and this is no surprise.
After all, the major function of your bowel is in handling the foods that you eat, allowing you to gain the nutrients that your body requires.
So, with that in mind, what steps do you need to take?
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You have almost certainly avoided some foods that have upset you already and that’s great.
However, there are a lot of foods that each of us eat in the course of a week and trying to work out which ones are upsetting YOUR Irritable Bowel Syndrome is difficult.
To make things a little easier, I would advise you to keep a food diary.
This needs to be done religiously over a 2 week period minimum, preferably 4 weeks.
In the diary you need to keep specific daily information, including day, time, breakfast, lunch, supper, snacks and the symptoms you have that day.
You will hopefully now have a list of possible foods and drinks that may have caused your symptoms.
These are known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome trigger foods and you now have the basis for an elimination diet.
An elimination diet involves removing foods from your meals and monitoring your symptoms, using your food diary.
Don’t eliminate all the foods you think may be an issue as there may be some foods that are okay for you. Do it in a step by step way.
Having followed the elimination route, you will hopefully be feeling better.
If you still have symptoms then you might like to consider following very specific diets.
You need to realize that improvements can take MONTHS before you may notice an improvement, as your bowel needs to become acclimatized to the new food plan.
You have to have will power over this and make sure you stick with it.
The type of foods you need varies according to the symptoms you have.
To make this easier for you, I have created downloadable Irritable Bowel Syndrome diet sheet for each of the 3 main types: