Top Books for IBS

There Are Many Books About IBS, Here Are A Few Of The Best

If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chances are you've looked through the Health section at your local bookstore looking for some books that will offer advice and help. It's hard to know which books are going to be truly helpful, and which are just going to sit on your self, unused. What I look for in a book is sensible advice that can be followed. Diets that are too restrictive, or don't allow for your lifestyle (who has all day to spend in the kitchen cooking?) aren't going to be the best choices for most people. As you could imagine, I get a lot of books sent to me for my opinion, and I only review the best ones: if I don't think a book is worth your time, I won't review it. After reading and reviewing many books on IBS over the years, I've put together my list of the best.

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The Everything Guide To The Low-FODMAP Diet

The Everything Guide To The Low-FODMAP Diet
An informational guide to learn more about how FODMAPs impact your digestion.. Image © The Everything Guide To The Low-FODMAP Diet

Have you heard the latest in IBS self-care? FODMAPs are foods that contain a type of sugar that may affect the digestive system of people with IBS more than other people. This book not only takes you through the task of lowering the amount of FODMAPs in the food you eat, but it also provides a host of recipes to help you. The book is plainly written so that anyone can understand how to follow the diet, the recipes are simple and easy-to-make, and the photography is gorgeous. More »

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Eating for IBS

Eating for IBS by Heather Van Vorous
Eating for IBS by Heather Van Vorous. Image © Heather Van Vorous

"Eating for IBS" is a comprehensive guide to help people with IBS change the way they think about the food they eat. This book will be a welcome addition to the library of many people with IBS who are committed to eliminating their symptoms from trigger foods. With the tools you'll find here, you can find your trigger foods and help eliminate them. Buy from Amazon »

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Freedom from Digestive Distress

Freedom From Digestive Distress by Gary Gitnick, MD
Freedom From Digestive Distress by Gary Gitnick, MD. Image © Freedom From Digestive Distress by Gary Gitnick, MD

In this book, author Gary Gitnick, M.D advocates using lifestyle changes to combat digestive disorders such as heartburn, gas, bloating and IBS. By taking the reader through several case studies, Dr. Gitnick illustrates important lifestyle changes that can alleviate symptoms. The examples from patient stories can help in understanding how lifestyle changes can lead to fewer GI symptoms. Buy from Amazon »

4
The First Year: IBS

The First Year: IBS by Heather Van Vorous
The First Year: IBS by Heather Van Vorous. Image © Heather Van Vorous

The strategy of "The First Year: IBS" is true to its title -- to guide the newly diagnosed patient through the first year after a diagnosis of IBS. This is no small task as there is a significant amount to learn about IBS, and each person responds to treatments and lifestyle changes differently. This is why this book focuses on only one topic each day week, or month, giving the reader a chance to understand and implement the new information before moving on to the next idea. Buy from Amazon »

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Breaking the Bonds of IBS

Breaking the Bonds of IBS
Breaking the Bonds of IBS by Barbara Bolen, PhD. Image © Barbara Bolen, PhD

In her book, Dr. Bolen presents several tools that people with IBS can use to gain control over their symptoms. She touches on often-overlooked topics in IBS such as incontinence, emotional illness, and developing a working relationship with physicians. Using examples from her practice, she explains how to use positive thinking and self-talk to manage IBS flare-ups. Buy from Amazon »

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Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health

Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health
Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health. Photo © Mayo Clinic

The book from a respected name in digestive health, The Mayo Clinic, touches on concepts not normally covered in IBS treatment, such as meal portions, body mass index (BMI), and how much fiber to eat. A section on common diagnostic tests includes many that are done before a diagnosis of IBS, even those less well known, such as transit studies. This book is a good choice as a general 'how to' manual and troubleshooting guide for the digestive tract. Buy from Amazon »

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