Our expert says:
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause flare-ups every now and then which may require medical treatment. I would firstly recommend that you visit your medical dr for a checkup to see if you can't use mild medications to defuse the present crisis. Try using a probiotic called Bifidoflora which you can buy at health shops as it is specially formulated to combat IBS. One factor that may be making your condition worse, is fructose sensitivity. While fruits are wonderful foods, they do contain a lot of fruit sugar or fructose and some people are sensitive to very large intakes. Try cutting down on your fruit intake to 3 servings a day and substitute bland vegetables for the other servings (e.g. butternut, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato), just to see if you are reacting to fructose. Also check out the protein shake that you are using to see if it contains soy protein, because soy protein sometimes makes IBS worse.
If none of these solutions improves your situation then I would recommend that you consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), to guide you through the steps of determining which are the offending foods in your diet.
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