The articles in this section are intended to help you navigate the often confusing world of IBS diets and Food for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. For specific studies related to any of the articles you see here, you may email me.
Some of the most common IBS Diet Q & A:
1. Is there a Diet for IBS Sufferers that works and that isn’t going to make me crazy with complicated rules and restrictions? Yes! Read on to my other articles under Diet to find out how to get started!
2. What is the link between Food for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and has it been proven? Yes, a link has been proven by multiple medical research studies that certain foods make symptoms worse or cause flares. For more info, read on to the articles in this section!
3. Do I have Celiac Disease if my symptoms get worse when I eat wheat? And Does a Gluten Free Diet Help IBS?
Maybe. It depends on if you have have had the blood test, testing for both IgA and IgG anti-gliadin antibodies in the blood. Although the ‘gold standard’ diagnosis of Celiac Disease involves an actually biopsy of the lining of the intestinal wall, this is invasive and usually unnecessary. Celiac Disease can go undiagnosed until you are in your 40’s or 50’s so ask your doc about this if they haven’t done it already! Celiac Disease is when your body is unable to break down gluten, which is in many grains such as wheat, rye, and many pre-made or packaged foods. When you eat gluten if you have Celiac Disease, the gut becomes inflamed and symptoms like IBS symptoms result. So yes, if you have Celieac Disease, a gluten free diet helps IBS like symptoms that are caused by the gut’s intolerance to gluten containing foods. Some people who do not have celiac disease still find that wheat can be a trigger for them–this is why a temporary elimination period for wheat is helpful to see how a gluten free diet helps IBS for you specifically.