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Fiber can help to relieve IBS symptoms, and it has other health benefits as well. But fiber can have unpleasant side effects, such as gas and bloating.

Because of a shortage or lack of certain enzymes, the body cannot digest and absorb some carbohydrates -- including the fiber found in many foods and fiber products.

Undigested food moves from the small intestine to the large intestine, where it is broken down by the helpful bacteria that live in our digestive system. Hydrogen and carbon dioxide are by-products of this natural process. In about one-third of people, methane also is produced. Eventually, these gases are passed out of the body through the rectum.

Avoid gas with the right product

People with IBS who are using fiber therapy to address their constipation may be concerned about the excess gas that fiber products can cause. But not all fiber products ferment in the intestine.

Citrucel with SmartFiber, for example, does not cause excess gas* because it's made from methylcellulose. Methylcellulose is a unique soluble form of the natural plant product cellulose, which cannot be digested by colonic bacteria, let alone a person's normal digestive processes.
*Based on laboratory demonstrations. Individual results may vary.

Give fiber a second chance

If you used fiber products previously, but gave them up because of excess gas or another reason, give them another chance.

There are plenty of reasons to try (or re-try) fiber therapy as part of your IBS symptom management plan. Perhaps you were using a product that didn't work for you, or maybe you didn't take a sufficient dose. Or, like many people, you simply got out of the habit.

Developing an effective IBS symptom management plan can be trial and error, so it just might be time to try fiber again. Look for a fiber product that is clinically proven to help maintain regularity. One product to consider is Citrucel with SmartFiber, proven to help restore and maintain regularity and it's the only fiber that won't ferment to cause excess gas.* Citrucel gives you the benefits of natural fiber without the unwanted side effects.
*Based on laboratory demonstrations. Individual results may vary.