ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Food That Can Trigger IBS

Updated on June 30, 2011

A little background...

IBS - also know as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and sometimes called Irritable Bowel Disorder - is a particular affliction that is said to affect more than 30% of our population, which seems to be increasing over time. Which either means that it is a very common condition to be affected by, or doctors just enjoy diagnosing it.

IBS does not have any cure, nor can allopathic professionals seem to find a cause for it. There are no specific pharmaceuticals that have been able to cure the ills of an IBS sufferer yet, and most who have it have found that a change in diet, some happy rituals during the day and even some herbs are helpful.

IBS affects mostly women, but many men find themselves just as disoriented by the pains of IBS. During what most sufferers call an "attack", you'll find yourself dealing with such symptoms as diarrhea, cramps, spasms, constipation, nausea, bloating and incontinence. For the majority, these symptoms are very uncomfortable but manageable. For others, the pain is debilitating enough that they may avoid any situations too far from home and instant bathroom breaks.

The shorter list...

Whether you are just finding out that you have IBS, or you've been experimenting with your diet for many years, you'll notice that the list of foods that you can't have become very long. So long in fact, that it's simply easier to go over what you can have.

Sadly though, as most have found, it's not so much about any category of foods you can't have. It's about getting to know how your food is made, and often about taking up a dying pass time - cooking your own food.

Many IBS sufferers have already noted that items with glutton, corn syrup (fructose), processed sugar, processed cheese and caffeine are top list triggers. Most of these ingredients are completely unnecessary in a human diet, but are added to give foods a longer shelf life or because they are cheaper for manufacturers then wholesome ingredients. By going for organic food ingredients, and preparing your own meals, you can easily avoid most IBS triggers without losing all your favorite foods.

Setting aside the obviousness that the human body doesn't respond well to unnecessary and unnatural ingredients in the diet, there are still some wholesome ingredients to be careful with when you are trying not to trigger your IBS.

Some of them are:

*Beans (all kinds except green beans)



*Iceberg Lettuce

*Hot Peppers

*Red Meats

*Sugary dairy products

*Fried Foods

*Citrus Fruits


A few last words...

For any normal person, it is best to stick with organic foods that aren't over processed. Though for a person with IBS, it's even more vital, if we are to live normal lives that are constantly filled with trips to the bathroom and doctor.

Keep in mind also, that what you eat isn't the only harbinger of pain in the world of IBS. Getting proper exercise, plenty of fluoride-free (or reverse osmosis) water and keeping the stress level low in your life - can all make a huge difference. Regular healthy exercise helps your digestive system do what it needs to do, organic aqua keeps you hydrated better than anything else and lowering your stress level helps keep away those painful spasms.

Take care of your body and it will take care of you.


Submit a Comment
  • manthy profile image


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    Thanks for the info - My son has spells of IBS - I'm gonna try and have him avoid those trigger foods.

    I voted this a up & useful


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)