Foods that Trigger IBS

Irritable Blower syndrome, also known as IBS, is a disorder that affects the large intestine. There are many different factors that can cause IBS such as; muscle contractions in the intestines, abnormalities in the nervous system, inflammation in the intestines, severe infection and microflora (the good bacteria inside the intestines).

Symptoms may increase when individuals eat or drink certain foods.

Food that may cause constipation:

  • Wheat- breads and cereals made from refines grains
  • Chips and cookies
  • Coffee
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Dairy

Foods that may cause diarrhea:

  • Foods with a high amount of fiber such as fruits and vegetables
  • Fried foods
  • Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Milk
  • Carbonated drinks

General symptoms of IBS may include; pain related to bowel movements, change in bowel movements and change in the appearance of stool. According to the American Journal of Gastroenterology, an estimated of 10-15 percent of people with a gastrointestinal disorder suffer from IBS.

If you are experiencing any new or abnormal symptoms or if you develop any of the symptoms listed above, talk to your primary care physician . To find a primary care physician please visit or call 208-239-3815.