Dr. Shayesteh: IBS and diet connection

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) — Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a functional disorder of a person’s gastrointestinal tract.

Dr. Shayesteh said when a person’s intestine does not function properly, some common symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. The symptoms can be very severe and affect a person’s quality of life.

The doctor said IBS is usually brought on by anxiety or depression, but the exact cause is not really known. He said a change in diet usually helps manage the symptoms.

Dr. Shayesteh said there are five “trigger foods” that people with IBS should pay attention to, including:

  • Foods high in lactose such as milk and ice cream
  • Fried foods
  • Artificial sweeteners, including sorbitol, found in sugar-free candy and cookies
  • Foods high in sugar
  • Caffeine found in coffee, tea, soda and chocolate

Dr. Shayesteh also said alcohol should be limited to help prevent flareups and anxiety should be kept to a minimum since stress is a common trigger.

There are some things that can help alleviate IBS symptoms, including exercise (especially yoga) and taking probiotics. He said keeping a food diary  can help a person see what their triggers are because they are different for everyone and symptoms vary.

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