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Foods that May Relieve IBS Symptoms

By Carolyn Dean, L. Christine Wheeler

Part of IBS Cookbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Some foods can provide relief from IBS-C and IBS-D attacks. Use your intuition and what you know about your personal condition to decide which of the following food remedies make the most sense to try.

In a pinch, just remember the acronym BRATTY (bread, rice, apples, toast, tea, and yogurt). These foods are all currently recommended by doctors for soothing the symptoms of an IBS-D.

  • Peppermint tea: Relieves painful cramps and diarrhea.

  • Apple cider vinegar: 1 teaspoon in water before meals three times a day relieves diarrhea.

  • Fennel tea: Relieves gas and bloating.

  • Ginger tea: Relieves nausea and indigestion.

  • Prune juice: Relieves constipation.

  • Licorice tea: Relieves indigestion.

  • Carob powder: 1 teaspoon dissolved in a cup of warm water relieves diarrhea.

  • Ripe bananas: Relieve diarrhea.

  • Unripe bananas: Relieve constipation.

  • Cooked carrots: Relieve diarrhea, nausea, and digestive upset.

  • Peaches (with or without the skin depending on your sensitivity): Relieve constipation.