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Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a problem with the intestines. IBS can cause belly pain, bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea. Some people can control their symptoms by changing their diet and easing stress.
No specific foods cause everyone who has IBS to have symptoms. Many people find that they feel better by limiting or eliminating foods that may bring on symptoms. Eat a variety of different foods to make sure you are still getting all the nutrients you need. Talk to a dietician if you want to make sure you're getting enough nutrition.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
You may try giving up foods or drinks one at a time to see whether symptoms improve. Limit or avoid the following:
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Adaptation Date: 2/10/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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