Bland diet for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)



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  • 1. An overview of irritable bowel syndrome
  • 2. Should people with irritable bowel syndrome be follow bland diet?
  • Should people with irritable bowel syndrome be follow bland diet
  • 3. What should people with fasting stimulant bowel syndrome be avoided in a bland diet?   
  • 4. Adjust living regime when having irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive disease that causes many painful and unpleasant symptoms for the patient.  People with irritable bowel syndrome need to follow a bland diet, a healthy and scientific diet, that supports effective treatment.

1. An overview of irritable bowel syndrome

 Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic, recurrent gastrointestinal dysfunction.  Causes of the disease are diverse: intestinal inflammation because of eating contaminated food, disturbed bowel movements, using many antibiotics to cause dysbacteria, mental disorders, drinking a lot of alcohol, ...

 Typical symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are a long-term digestive disorder and abdominal pain.  Patients often encounter some problems such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, frequency of bowel movements more than normal people, blood in the stool may be contaminated, ... Besides, patients often have colitis, abdominal pain area is the flanks, much pain after eating full, after eating hot spicy food, cold food, raw vegetables, blood soup, ... or when nervous stress.  In addition, the patient may also experience fatigue, headache, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, ...

2. Should people with irritable bowel syndrome be follow bland diet?

Bland diet for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Should people with irritable bowel syndrome be follow bland diet

People with irritable bowel syndrome need to follow a bland diet which is a healthy and scientific diet.  What is a bland diet?  

That is:

- Choose clean, safe foods that are free of chemicals and preservatives.
- Increase the addition of high-fiber dishes such as green vegetables, fruits (especially fruits rich in potassium such as bananas, papaya, ...) and cornstarch, rice bran into the diet.  Fiber can improve constipation symptoms in people with spastic colon disease.  Fiber softens stools, allowing them to move smoothly through the colon.  Adults should consume about 21 - 38g of fiber per day.  However, fiber can create gas, causing bloating, so the patient should gradually increase the amount of fiber, just adding 2-3 grams per day.
- Maintain a balanced diet, eat low fat and high in carbohydrates, for example pasta, rice, whole grain bread, etc.
- Should eat into many small meals a day, about 2 hours should eat a meal because eating many foods in one meal can cause cramping and diarrhea.
- When eating must eat slowly, chew thoroughly to limit swallowing air, reduce bloating, gas, reduce sudden stretch of the digestive tract.  As a result, this helps to limit the stimulation of intestinal contractions, reduce the number of bowel movements and effectively reduce pain.

3. What should people with fasting stimulant bowel syndrome be avoided in a bland diet?   

People with irritable bowel syndrome abstain from what?  That is:

- Raw foods such as raw vegetables, blood soup, fish salad.
- Pickled pickles, spicy sour spices.
- Dried fruits, canned fruits as they are high in sugar, cause constipation, diarrhea and bloating in people with irritable bowel syndrome.
- Food with too high fat content such as fried or fried dishes.  Foods rich in animal fats can cause the intestines to constrict more, causing abdominal pain and discomfort.  Replace animal fats with unsaturated vegetable-derived fats.  Patients should avoid processed meats such as sausages, pate or biscuits, mayonnaise, cheese, ...
- Foods that are easy to produce, like beans, cabbage, green ornamental, and onions.
- Stimulants such as alcohol, tobacco, and coffee.
- Dairy products because lactose in milk is very difficult to digest, causing diarrhea, stomach cramps or constipation.
- Fruits are sour because they are acidic, which is bad for the digestive tract.
- Do not eat too full at night, do not eat foods with too many nutrients because it will overload the digestive system, cause abdominal pain and diarrhea.
- When suffering from diarrhea, people with irritable bowel syndrome should avoid completely insoluble fibers such as cellulose so as not to rub the intestinal wall.
- Food that the patient is allergic to.

4. Adjust living regime when having irritable bowel syndrome

In addition to adjusting to diet and follow the bland diet, people with chronic irritable bowel syndrome should change bad habits in their life to reduce the harmful effects of the disease.  Some important notes are:

- Avoid overwork, anxiety, insomnia, and prolonged nervousness.
- Always happy, comfortable, healthy, no need to worry too much about your health.
- Stress reduction methods such as exercise, meditation, yoga, or choosing the right types of exercise should be done with ease.
- Keep living habits, rest in moderation on time.  Patients should use the palm of the hand to gently massage around the epigastric region - navel clockwise several times a day to stimulate bowel movements.
- Practice going outside once a day in the morning or at an appropriate time, so rub your stomach before going outside.
 In addition to maintaining a healthy diet as bland diet, clients should have regular check-ups every 6 months or when there are signs of irritable bowel syndrome for complete treatment in the first place, not to let the disease progress to chronic.  

Bland diet for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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