Any caffeine drink, be it tea, coffee or energy drink, is liable to increase the speed of your digestive motility.  For many IBS sufferers that is not desirable.

Alcohol can do all sorts of damage to the digestive system and should be enjoyed in moderation.

There are many pills that we must not and should not stop taking, however we should be aware that many such as Aspirin, Ibruprofen, and Anti-biotics will harm the digestive system.  There are now pills to counteract that, and you should consult with your medical practitioner if you are having problems.

Fried food, sugary foods, basically bad food is not good for IBS.  It has all manner of negative effects on the digestive system which are well documented.

IBS Enemies

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The irritants generally do not harm your digestion per se, however they will often cause problems.  Fibre is contentious as it is known to have vital properties.  However when the IBS issue is loose or frequent movements, fibre can exacerbate the issue. Most IBS sufferers will have discovered the acidic fruit issues very early on, particularly as the retribution is often swift.   Issues such as this are a key reminder of the need to get a source of supplement.  Ester C is an ideal way to get your Vitamin C  as it has a gentle effect.

Other known irritants such as Chili can be eaten in moderation.  Spices are something of a lottery, some do upset the system, others actually help such as ginger and turmeric.  Garlic and onions may have a strong reaction, particularly if you are taking pro-biotics/acidophilus.  Bananas, onions, chicory root, garlic, asparagus, barley, wheat, jícama, and leeks  are high in Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) which are often used as ‘pre-biotics’.  They assist the growth and production of friendly bacteria. If you are taking or using strong pro-biotics or acidophilus the aforementioned may produce an excess of bacteria, producing excess gas, and discomfort.  Many of these foods feature on the low FODMAP diet.  If you are following the dite, we recommend that you follow it,as it has been written.

Processed sugars must also be watched.  Candida albicans is a genus of yeasts, like most fungus and yeasts it is a living organism that requires certain conditions to grow.  Sugars will help Candida, if that is in fact a part of your bowel issues. Mushrooms act as a good indicator of the presence of Candida, if you have a very strong reaction to eating a fungal product such as mushroom it seems likely that you have issues with Candida.

Foods to avoid for IBS

Many of the items featured below, bring us much joy. A delicious espresso in the morning, a soothing glass of wine at the end of a stressful day, a refreshing zesty orange are all wonderful things.  In the short term they are best cut out, with a view to indulging in them in the future at appropriate times, when you know you have a clear diary.

Generally they fall into two camps, those that irritate and those that damage.  It is relatively well known that antibiotics kill all bacteria, good and bad, and that painkillers such as Aspirin will damage the stomach wall if taken regularly. Obviously there are times where we need to take such medicines, however when doing so you need to be aware of the damage they are doing you.

Any of the items which damage should only ever be taken short term, taking them long term will do much harm to your digestive system.

Wheat and Dairy

Wheat and dairy products may also cause problems, both contain elements which are notoriously difficult to digest. Wheat contains gluten which is a protein composite, known to give the elasticity to dough.  While you may not suffer a severe reaction such as Coeliac disease, you may suffer some of the other side effects such as fatigue and feeling listless.  Bread, with its combination of both yeast, and gluten is a prime suspect if you suffer from bloating and gas.

Dairy, specifically lactose is very difficult for those with poor digestion to break down. Lactose intolerant individuals have insufficient levels of lactase, the enzyme that metabolizes lactose into glucose and galactose, in their digestive system. Usually, such individuals will experience symptoms such as abdominal bloating and cramps, flatulence, diarrhea, nausea, borborygmi (rumbling stomach) and/or vomiting[1] after consuming significant amounts of lactose*.

Wheat and dairy are mentioned here, as they may be worth removing from your diet to see how you feel, however they generally do not have the same aggressive effect of the stomach and do not require such caution.

*Taken from Wikipedia.