There are a few diets that can be followed for people suffering from the family of digestive diseases such as IBS. The IBS diets are also know to help with a variety of digestive disorders like Crohn’s/Colitis/IBD. The following is a list of diets that may be of interest to try. Monitor the results, not just how the digestive system is doing, but in mood, sleeping patterns and energy levels. I also recommend keeping a food and symptom diary no matter which diet path you choose, if any at all.
The Whole 30 – an elimination diet taking out foods with added sugar, dairy, alcohol, legumes and grains. The diet last for 30 days. Generally used by those looking to lose weight, people with IBS have noted improved health using this method.
High Fiber / Low Fiber – A diet consisting of either a high fiber or low fiber diet. For the constipation sufferers, the high fiber diet and for the diarrhea sufferers, the low fiber diet. For the high fiber diet, use foods with soluble fiber such as apples, oranges, pears, celery, cucumber, carrots, blueberries, strawberries, nuts, oats and seeds.
Gluten Free – A well known diet popular by celiac disease sufferers. Many try this diet before moving on to the FODMAPs diet.
Specific Carbohydrate – A very limiting diet that limits carbs to ones with minimal digestion, including vegetables, natural dairies, fruits, juices, unprocessed meats, poultry and eggs. Not allowed are foods such as sugars, grains, processed meats, canned meats or veggies, various dairy and candy.
FODMAPs – an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. Foods high in these areas should be avoided. There are a number of FODMAPs charts available online to download and follow. With lots of foods on both the bad and the good lists, there is much to choose from.