Ben Klesc Posted July 21, 2021 Report Share Posted July 21, 2021 Hello all. I've been reading some conflicting reports on what you can do to help mitigate IBS through diet. I want to start increasing the fiber in my diet, but it seems like any amount of fiber and even a little bit immediately gives massive bloating and makes me sick. So I was reading there are two different kinds of fiber. In San Francisco Gate Magazine they write that insoluble fiber should be avoided. https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/can-people-fiber-intolerant-12100.html "If you tend to have a sensitive gut, you may be less tolerant of insoluble fiber, contends licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of integrative medicine Chris Kresser. Insoluble fiber scrubs your colon and adds bulk to your stool, which helps decrease instances of constipation. If your insides are irritated, though, this scrubbing action can aggravate symptoms such as gas, cramping and diarrhea. Kresser lists vegetables such as bell peppers, green beans, leafy greens, peas, onions, celery, broccoli and cauliflower as being among the offenders. Stick to vegetables that are higher in soluble fiber, which may not be as irritating. These include carrots, winter squash, yellow summer squash, beets and sweet potatoes." However Livestrong posted an article suggesting the exact opposite. https://www.livestrong.com/article/422517-why-does-fiber-make-me-sick/ "Not all types of fiber have the same effect on your digestive tract. Insoluble fiber, which can be found in wheat bran and some vegetables, passes through your digestive tract essentially unchanged. Because the bacteria in your colon do not significantly break down this kind of fiber, it produces little gas. Soluble fiber, on the other hand, swells to form a gel in your digestive tract and is usually responsible for intestinal gas, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders notes." I can say for certain that the fiber that is making me absolutely sick when I eat it are insolubles. I cannot have beans, nuts, chickpeas, avocados, artichokes without getting sick. I never had a problem with veggies and fruits like peppers, onions, celery, broccoli, berries. Oddly enough bananas don't bother me even though they are high in soluble. Which fibers should you be avoiding to reduce IBS symptoms? My goal is to slowly increase fiber intake back into my diet. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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