Foods to Avoid with IBS

Fatty Foods

A delicious way to trigger IBS symptoms! Do you like fried food? What about some ice cream? OOOH, how about some fried ice cream?! How about cold cuts? Or Bacon? Or fried eggs on toast? I love all that stuff. And it can make me sick as heck (or that other place). It turns out that fatty foods are bad for your IBS as WELL as your arteries! How do fatty foods cause IBS symptoms? The human digestive ... »

Chewing Gum and Gas

Blowing bubbles you don’t want! Many people ask whether chewing gum causes gas. Some people wonder if chewing gum can lead to other IBS symptoms like diarrhea. Here’s where you can find out. Chewing gum and gas, is there a connection? Definitely. Everyone that chews gum swallows little bits of air. As the air builds up in the stomach, the person chewing the gum usually belches/burps it... »

Coffee and Diarrhea

Could coffee be part of your morning diarrhea problems? In the United States, coffee is the wake up beverage for most people. However, coffee can stimulate sensitive bowels and cause diarrhea. Many other countries wake up to tea first thing. Since caffeine is the main reason coffee causes diarrhea, there is probably a strong link to tea and diarrhea as well, but coffee is the real heavy hitter in ... »

IBS Soda and Trapped Gas

Do you really need MORE GAS? I was wondering a while back if there was a link between IBS, soda, and trapped gas pains. I had read a science study that said trapped gas was one possible cause of IBS symptoms and bowel spasms. I had also read somewhere that chewing gum can cause a person to swallow air, which can lead to more gas in the bowels. So if swallowing air can lead to more gas in the intes... »

Alcohol and Diarrhea

Drunk, angry bowels strike back! Alcohol and diarrhea often go together, particularly if you are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.  Alcohol irritates the digestive tract in general, and if you have sensitive bowels, well, let’s just say that instead of “driving the porcelain bus”, you may be riding it. :( Since many people don’t even know they have irritable bowel sy... »