IBS Bloating and Gas Triggers
You’d probably be surprised by many of the common foods that cause gas and bloating
. While, of course, everyone knows beans are a culprit, did you know that bagels are too? Other foods you’ll want to avoid include:
• Brussels sprouts
• Legumes (like peas, peanuts, and soybeans)
• Get more fiber. While that would seem to increase gassiness, the type and amount of fiber matters. For instance, methylcellulose and polycarbophil are two types of fibers that seem to reduce gas, whereas insoluble fiber increases it. Remember too that you’ll want to add more fiber gradually, giving your body time to adjust.
• Try an over-the-counter medication, like one for lactose intolerance or gas relief.
• Use antibiotics and/or probiotics. Antibiotics can help, possibly because they reduce gas-producing gut bacteria. Probiotics can be useful because they add “good” bacteria to your digestive system, restoring its balance. Studies have shown probiotics to be promising in treating this condition, and unlike antibiotics, probiotics can easily be purchased online—no prescription required.
• Go on a FODMAPs diet. Some carbs, called FODMAPs, aggravate IBS symptoms. Avoiding foods that are high in FODMAPs can help.