Great responses so far!
It may be worthwhile to see an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) to pinpoint what kind of kind of diet/lifestyle will work for you - with IBS everyone is different, so what may work for someone else may not work for you. You can find your nearest APD on the Dietitian's Association of Australia website www.daa.asn.au
Generally, treatment for IBS revolves around minimising symptoms (eg. constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence etc) and determining what may be the cause (eg. medication, stress, food sensitivity etc).
An APD can go through this process step by step with you, but in general avoid the following ‘windy’ foods and known gut irritators:
1. 'Windy' Vegetables: such as brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower
2. ‘Windy’ Legumes: such as chickpeas, baked beans, lentils, kidney beans etc
3. Some FODMAPS: particularly lactose and sorbitol (buy lactose free milk or swap to Soymilk, Rice-milk or Almond milk)
4. Artificial Sweeteners: commonly found in ‘diet’ products
5. Caffeine: swap to Heral Teas and de-caffeinated coffee
6. Spices: especially hot/spicy foods
Hope all the feedback helps!
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