Foods to Avoid and Enjoy Depending on Your GI Symptoms

When you are dealing with digestive symptoms it can become quite a challenge to figure out what to eat. You know that you don't want to eat anything that is going to make things worse. Did you also know that sometimes things that you eat can actually help to make things better?

Below you will find links to in-depth articles that will provide you with practical pointers for eating in a way that helps, and doesn't hurt, your belly, depending on what your primary symptoms are.


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When you are dealing with constipation, you want to be thinking about foods that will get things moving, typically those high in dietary fiber. You will want to avoid filling up on foods that are nutritionally empty or those that end up making you feel bloated or give you too much intestinal gas.


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If you tend toward diarrhea episodes, you will want to be choosing foods that add bulk to the stool but without agitating the system.


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If you have been diagnosed as having diverticulosis, your goal is to eat foods that keep stool moving through smoothly. If you are having a diverticulitis flare, you will need to be on a liquid diet until your colon heals.

Gallbladder Removal

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Although you can live without a gallbladder, its removal can have an effect on the way that your body digests foods. You may need to pay a little more attention to the kinds of fats you are eating.

Gas and Bloating

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If you are dealing with a great deal of intestinal gas and/or bloating, you may need to adjust the types of carbohydrates that you take in. Certain carbohydrates are more likely to be fermented by bacteria in the gut.

Specific Foods

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The following articles offer in-depth information regarding the effect of certain foods on digestive symptoms:

Dr. Barbara Bolen is the co-author of "The Everything® Guide to the Low-FODMAP Diet", which includes 150 delicious IBS-friendly, gluten-free recipes, and provides you with all that you need to know to be successful on the diet.