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Dealing with IBS
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hopeful2218 posted:
Hello Ladies,
I concenrated on the frequent requests of how to manage diarrhea. Below are the top foods to help settle your tummy.

1) Banana's
Bland and easily digested, bananas are a good choice to settle an upset digestive system. The high level of potassium in bananas helps to replace electrolytes that may be lost by severe bouts of diarrhea. Bananas are also rich in pectin, a soluable fiber that helps to absorb liquid in the intestines and thus move stool along smoothly. Bananas also contain a good amount of inulin, another soluble fiber. Inulin is a prebiotic - a substance that promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal system.

2) White Rice and Mashtater's
Due to their low-fiber content, these starches are easily digested way up high in the GI tract. Eat your rice and potatoes plain; butter has a high fat content which could be irritating to your system and contribute to intestinal cramping.

3) Applesauce
Like bananas, apples are a good source of pectin. However, the high fiber in raw apples makes them too rough for a dicey intestinal system. Cooking the apples makes them easier on your system to digest, allowing you to benefit from the pectin, sugar and other nutrients that lie within.

4) White Toast & Cracker's
When your intestines are acting normally, it is important to eat whole grain products. When you are experiencing diarrhea, it is better to turn to processed wheat foods. The removal of the outer husk of the grains in these foods results in easier digestion. As an added bonus, the salt in crackers will be beneficial in terms of restoring the electrolyte balance.

5) Yogurt
It is generally recommended that dairy products should be avoided during diarrhea episodes. Yogurt is a major exception to this rule. Look for yogurt that contains live or active cultures, or more specifically Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum. These active cultures are probiotic's and they appear to help to establish a healthier balance of bacteria in the digestive tract.

6) Steamed Chicken
Due to its bland nature, steamed white meat chicken is an easily digested source of protein, providing a fairly safe way to get some nutrients into your body. Butter and oils are very hard on a delicate system, so avoid deep-fried or saut?ed preparations.

7) Blueberry's
Reportedly dried blueberries have a long history of use in Sweden as a treatment for diarrhea. Either chewing dried blueberries or making a tea by boiling crushed dried blueberries for about 10 minutes. The helpfulness of blueberries for diarrhea appears to be due to the fact that they contain tannins which act as an astringent, contracting tissue and reducing inflammation and secretion of liquids and mucous. Blueberries also contain substances called anthocyanosides, which have antibacterial properties, as well as being a good source of antioxidants. Lastly, blueberries are another source of the soluble fiber pectin.

Coconut
Most experts believe that if this remedy does work, it's because of the lauric acid coconut contains. The lauric acid in coconut is converted by the body into monolaurin — a compound which has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties which somehow soothes irritated intestines and reduces inflammation. Coconut oil is the very best source of lauric acid, although most people prefer to get their coconut in the form of coconut macaroons. Yes...cookies. But try for sugar free!!!

9) Journal It!
Keep a food journal. Write down what you eat daily, at what times and then record your BM's. Then begin to omit certain foods to see if you feel relief. Also eating 6 small meals in place of 3 larger meals a day, seems to help soothe an upset tummy.

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hopeful2218 responded:
WebMd wouldn't allow me to continue...so the last tip is....

10) Avoid the Trigger Foods
Red meat, dairy, fried foods, egg yolks, coffee, soda pop, and alcohol.
 
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Awesome! Thanks!!!


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