Track your symptoms
The most common causes of noninfectious chronic diarrhea are food intolerances, and IBS is often triggered by certain foods. Log your food intake to help identify triggers. Common triggers to look for are dairy, wheat, beef, and soy sensitivities. Also write down days when you feel particularly stressed, as anxiety can also be a trigger for IBS. Knowing what is most likely to cause a flare up can help you reduce your symptoms in the future. Watch out for these nine signs of IBS.
Learn which are hard-to-digest foods for you and eliminate them from your diet
A 2009 study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showed that for one-quarter of IBS sufferers, their symptoms were “caused or exacerbated” by eating “fermentable, poorly absorbed carbohydrates, including fructose, fructans (present in wheat and onions), sorbitol, and other sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols, often found in low-carb or sugar-free foods, are hard for your body to absorb and can cause bloating, cramping, and diarrhea. Watch out for diet drinks, sugar-free candy and gum, and artificial sweeteners, and eliminate all trigger foods that make your symptoms worse. Make sure you steer clear of these 10 foods that exacerbate your IBS.