Writing down what you eat can help you deal with an irritable colon Writing down what you eat can help you deal with an irritable colon

If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and vegetables like broccoli always catch up with you, it is time to keep a detailed list of the type of foods you eat and the reactions your body has to them.

The signs and symptoms of this condition affecting the large intestine can vary, but in general, it causes cramps, abdominal pain, swelling, gasses and diarrhea, or constipation, or both, explains the Mayo Clinic  on their website.

It is common for this syndrome to cause pain, which can affect the person’s quality of life. It can also become chronic, but with some lifestyle guidelines and a change in diet, discomfort can improve.

 The School of Public Health at Harvard University suggests following a nutrition plan called Fodmap, which should not include fermentable carbohydrates such as fructose (honey), lactose (milk, cheese, yogurt), fructans (wheat, garlic, onion, leeks); galactans (legumes such as soy) and polyols that are included in artificial sweeteners.

The idea – reiterated in Harvard University’s blog – is knowing which products or ingredients trigger the reaction. Among the most commonly reported are grains such as beans and apples, broccoli, caffeine, cauliflower, chewing gum, sodas with sweeteners, chocolate, margarine, nuts, orange juice, and products containing wheat.

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