Some foods for IBS are better at dealing with constipation and others are more suited to soothing diarrhea. On this page we're dealing with the latter but click here if you want to read about IBS foods for constipation.
Perhaps you've gone through the Elimination Diet for diarrhea-predominant IBS or you've kept an IBS Journal and you've found out which foods tend to aggravate your problems, so obviously you might want to eliminate those from your diet for IBS.
the foods you CAN eat, are there particular foods that can actually help healing and soothing your digestive system? There are quite a few.
Apples are one of the best foods for IBS because they can help with relieving constipation AND stopping diarrhea.
They're good for diarrhea because contain both pectin and tannins, which work together to bind up your stools and soothe your digestive tract.
Both the skin and the pulp of apples are beneficial, which is why whole apples and applesauce are common food remedies for diarrhea.
One of the most astringent natural remedies for diarrhea is conventional tea in traditional tea bags - just plain, without any other herbs or spices added, not even milk.
Tea is rich in tannins, which help bind stools and hold back bowel movements.
These berries are particularly effective against diarrhea because they, too, are rich in both pectin and tannins and should be a part of your diet for IBS.
Dried, not fresh, bilberries and blueberries seem to work better to relieve diarrhea. Doctors in Sweden often prescribe a soup made of dried blueberries to treat diarrhea.
(Read more on blueberries' health benefits on this page).
Cooked carrots seem to soothe the digestive tract and control diarrhea. A carrot soup, for example, is one of the best foods for IBS.
They also provide nutrients that are lost during an attack.
Interestingly, the Appalachians cook their beans with a small, whole carrot to reduce their gas-producing ability.
Eating foods know as "prebiotics" - non-digestible food elements that stimulate growth of the "good" bacteria in the digestive tract - can be helpful in preventing diarrhea. Garlic, onions and leek are natural sources of prebiotics.
Eating lots of these flavourful foods can boost your immune system and ward off diarrhea-causing bacteria, so do include them liberally among your IBS foods.
According to studies in India, garlic's link to good bacteria in the intestine also improves digestion and enhances absorption of minerals, a helpful bonus during and after a bout of diarrhea.
Pomegranate's seeds can be astringent, helping bind and dry up your bowels.
Sipping pomegranate juice is a good option.
Some rind of the juice, even richer in binding tannins, is often incorporated in commercial pomegranate juice.
A combination of herbs designed to calm the symptoms of IBS.
Peppermint Complex combines plant oils to help maintain the health and tranquillity of the digestive system including peppermint, ginger,
fennel, chamomile and cardamom.
The IBS Miracle
How to Free Your Life from Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This book will show you how you can treat your IBS naturally, safely and permanently by giving your body what it needs.