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Handy tools for healthy diets

Our Digestion-Friendly Recipe Center gives you recipes made with nutritious ingredients, including high-fiber vegetables, fruits and grains. Use the Daily Tracker to record what you eat each day to see connections between your diet and IBS symptoms. Then use our Fiber Calculator to look up the fiber content of the foods you've eaten and to see if you're meeting your daily fiber target.

Fiber and your diet

Dietary fiber can provide daily relief for IBS symptoms as well as lifelong health benefits.

Add fiber gradually

You will want to add fiber-rich foods a little at a time to let your body get used to them. Too much fiber at one time may cause discomfort. Let your body adjust to the additional fiber gradually.

It may take a few weeks to work up to the amount of fiber your doctor recommends for you. While you are working at it, be sure to drink plenty of water -- six to eight glasses a day.

Maintain your fiber intake

Once you have added fiber to your daily diet, remember that you need to stick with it. If you find that fiber works to help relieve your symptoms of IBS, you will want to make sure you maintain that same level of fiber every day.

If you're still experiencing regularity problems despite your best efforts, you should consider one of the fiber therapy products mentioned previously. But remember -- if you do this, you might want to choose a product containing methylcellulose, such as Citrucel with SmartFiber, since it won't ferment to cause excess gas*.

How to add fiber to your diet.

Eat a variety of high-fiber foods every day. Here are some more suggestions to help you add fiber to your diet:

  • Start your day with a high-fiber breakfast cereal.
  • Add more vegetables. Try shredded carrots on your sandwich.
  • Eat whole fruits instead of drinking fruit juices.
  • Leave the skin on fruits, such as apples and pears, and on vegetables, such as potatoes.
  • Add beans to soups, stews and salads.
  • Replace white rice, bread and pasta with brown rice and whole-grain products.
  • Read food labels for fiber content.