Helpful Tips for Common Digestive Problems

Help for common digestive problems, from lactose intolerance to irritable bowl syndrome.

By EatingWell Editors

Helpful Tips for Common Digestive Problems

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Symptoms include abdominal pain, erratic bowel activity (frequent constipation or diarrhea), bloating, nausea and cramping. The cause of IBS isn’t known. You’ll want to avoid trigger foods—dairy foods* and alcohol are two common ones. It may also help to take a fiber supplement or other therapy to treat diarrhea.

*Note: Talk with your healthcare provider about other possible causes for your discomfort (e.g., lactose intolerance) before eliminating dairy products—which are good sources of calcium and protein—from your diet.

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