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Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Diarrhea

  • Dr. Sreelekha Daruvuri Dr. Sreelekha Daruvuri
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IBS diarrhea diet When you have IBS-D, you don’t have to completely give up the food you enjoy eating. Smart eating and moderation is the key that can make your life a lot easier. 

Following are some IBS diarrhea diet suggestions:

(1) Eat the right type of fibre

There are two types of fibres: (1) Soluble fibre and (2) Insoluble fibre — knowing what to eat and which to avoid can help soothe your IBS-D symptoms.

Research suggests that eating a moderate amount of soluble fibre can add bulk to your stools.

You can find soluble fibre in foods such as:

– Oats

– Rajma

– Soyabeans

– Bananas

– Carrots

– Apples

– Oranges

Avoid foods rich in insoluble fibre such as:

– Whole wheat flour

– Nuts

– Beans

– Cauliflower

– Potatoes

– Wheat bran

(2) Drink Plenty of Water 

Drink sufficient water, at least nine glasses of water, each day, unless otherwise suggested by your doctor. Drink water an hour before the meal or an hour after the meal.

(3) Avoid Trigger Food

If you notice that certain foods have you running to the bathroom, cut them off. Be wary of foods such as 

– Broccoli

– Cabbage

– Dairy products

– Caffeine

– Alcohol

– Foods rich in gluten

(4) Eat Foods That Solidify Your Stools

Follow the BRAT diet — Banana, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. They are starchy and fibre rich food that helps make your stools bulkier. The bland nature of this food is less likely to irritate your stomach and worsen diarrhea.

(5) Observe What Works and What Doesn’t

Last but not least, observe what works for you and what doesn’t. Different food affects people differently. Keep track of foods that seem to give you diarrhea. It’s the best way to find out which foods may be giving you the problems. If you think certain foods may be triggering your symptoms, stop eating them and observe how that makes you feel.

(6) Concluding Remarks

Remember, there’s nothing called the IBS diet. While some may be okay with a particular food, others may find them unsuitable.

Also, researchers don’t know what causes IBS-D. But some people notice that diarrhea strikes when they are stressed or anxious; your brain plays a role in how you respond to signals that control your gut. 

Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome with diarrhea requires a combination of diet, stress management, lifestyle changes and medications.

Feel free to consult one of our doctors available online if you face issues related to gut or diarrhea. 

Read more on the diarrhea guide here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the three types of IBS?

– Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C)

– Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea (IBS-D)

– Irritable Bowel Syndrome that alternates with diarrhea and constipation (IBS-M)

Do probiotics help relieve IBS diarrhea?

Probiotics may relieve symptoms of IBS-D. Please consult with one of our doctors available online.

Is IBS serious?

IBS can be uncomfortable, but it does not lead to severe diseases.

How can I cure IBS permanently?

There is no permanent cure for IBS.

What is the main cause of IBS?

Researchers don’t know what causes IBS. But it could be a mix of genetics, stress, and bacterial or viral infections.


– Diarrhea and IBS (1)

– Diet and Nutrition for IBS (2)

– IBS Triggers (3)

– Diet for IBS (4)


Dr. Sreelekha Daruvuri, MBBS with 5+ yrs of experience working as a Primary care Physician on MFine. She initially worked with corporate hospitals and then as a resident in JIPMER for 2 years. She believes in a holistic approach to health care. She is also a public speaker, a blog writer and holds an interest in spreading awareness on health through digital media.

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