Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can definitely be a frustrating diagnosis as a college student as late night pizza and ice cream binges can exacerbate symptoms. IBS is a common disorder affecting 5% to 15% of the general population. Unfortunately, the list of foods to enjoy and those to avoid may be different for each person. There are some general rules that those with IBS should follow. These standard recommendations include establishing regular eating times, eating smaller frequent meals, and drinking enough fluids. Foods that should (generally) be avoided for those with IBS include banana, coffee, corn, eggs, milk, peas, potatoes and wheat. Caffeine and alcohol are known IBS triggers. Recent studies of low FODMAP diets have shown promising preliminary data in decreasing IBS symptoms. It is also recommended that you make sure to consume enough fiber (25-38Gg/day) though your diet or through fiber supplementation. You can also purchase probiotics over the counter that can aid in reducing IBS symptoms. In conclusion, IBS is a very common disorder that can be difficult to manage as a college student. If you have questions about how to better manage your IBS or think you have IBS, please call the Wilce Student Health Center to schedule an appointment with one of our providers today.
Megan Lottes, C.N.P.