Homeopathy and Good Diet To Keep IBS At Bay!August 13, 2019 Posted by: Dr Manoj's Homeopathy 252 views
The food world is going through a massive overhaul. With fancy restaurants opening up at every nook and corner, it almost seems like a foodie’s dream come true! Having access to so many cuisines and delicacies, you have the privilege of exploring different food preparations that suit your taste, health and liking. Yay!
However though, as varied as food choices have become, so have the health conditions pertaining to the digestive system. With junk taking over healthy food in the pretext of going global, your bodies have also been introduced to many health conditions. One of these nasty conditions is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) that affects your digestive system (your large intestine in particular) and the food choices you make play an important role in keeping the condition in check and leading a healthy and pain-free life.
What To Do If You Have IBS?
Going to a doctor would help a great deal as the first step. Once you have been diagnosed with IBS, it’s important that along with the treatment prescribed you also eat appropriately. In fact, if you have considered homeopathy, which happens to be one of the most effective treatments for IBS, then you diet will go hand-in-hand in helping you get back to being healthy!
It is advised to stick to a balanced diet of 3 meals and 2-3 snacks a day, ensuring your diet is rich in fibre, low in fat, and includes lots of fruits and vegetables. Here are some diet tips that could make your menu a little more interesting and healthy:
Consume fibre rich food
In most cases, fibre plays an important role in managing IBS. While most people feel better being on a high fiber diet, some do not. The intake of fibre should be regulated as per your personal tolerance. Increasing fibre intake suddenly might cause bloating and gas. At Dr Manoj’s Homeopathy, apart from providing you with the best IBS treatment, we also help you figure out a diet plan.
Seasonal fruits and vegetables
Eating good amounts of seasonal fruits and vegetables is always the best choice. The chances of them being chemically ripened are lesser than that of non-seasonal fruits and vegetables. It is recommended that 5 servings of whole fruits a day must be consumed instead of fruit juices. Juices aggravate diarrhoea and bloating because if the fructose is not absorbed it may ferment in the colon itself.
Probiotics: The good bacteria
Probiotics, the good bacteria, help your gut become healthier. They are known to be effective laxatives for people suffering with constipation and help manage IBS. There are many probiotic options available in the market for you to choose from.
Add proteins to your diet
Enjoy all meats without inhibition. Proteins in the form of meat, fish, eggs and pulses can be added to your diet in order to follow a balanced diet and keep IBS at bay. It is advised that whole and skinned pulses must be consumed regularly when no acute symptoms are observed. Some well-cooked dals like moong whole and masoor whole can also be had if you are having mild loose motions.
Cut fats and sugars
It is recommended that you limit the amount of fats and sugars in your regular diet. Go easy on butter and ghee, replace these with other healthier alternatives like peanut oil, rice bran, soya bean oil and olive oil. Look for low-fat items to enrich your diet.
Increase fluid intake
Drink plenty of water (at least two litres every day, to be precise), or other healthy fluids such as herbal teas and coconut water help in the process of digestion. It is suggested to avoid caffeine and alcohol because excess consumption may cause discomfort. Restrict your consumption to not more than two cups of coffee or tea a day and avoid having it with or immediately after your meals.
Avoid spicy food
Many people suffer due to heavily spiced, sauced, or fried foods. They are known to cause burning, acidity and diarrhea. You might want to try the following snacks instead of other spicy snacks: pretzels, baked potato chips, rice cakes, frozen yogurt, low fat yogurt, and fruit.
Avoid bakery goods
One of the most common causes of Irritated Bowel Syndrome is the consumption of food items bought from bakeries. With refined flour and fat as the main ingredients, these food items after wreak havoc on your bowel movements, leading to the dreaded IBS.
Some tips to consider
- Avoid skipping meals
- Follow a routine and eat at the same time every day
- Press on having an early dinner
- Eat small meals with 2-3 snacks in between. Large meals aggravate the symptoms of IBS.
- Dairy products only cause problems for people who are lactose intolerant, so enjoy these products freely.
- If you are lactose intolerant and suffer from IBS, you could try lactose-free products.
- Exercise well, take up yoga.
- Avoid stress, focus on relaxing!
Having said this, it is also important to figure out what affects your system and look for alternatives that are healthy and tasty. Because what’s the point of ‘glocalisation’ if you can’t make the most of it!
It is strongly recommended to seek medical assistance if the symptoms worsen or aggravate. As much of an embarrassment it might look like, in all actuality, it is not. It is always good to seek expert advice and not suffer in silence. For more information or help, reach out to us at Dr Manoj’s Homeopathy through a walk into our clinic, or simply, at the click of a button as we are now available for online consultations for IBS too. We would be happy to help!