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How do you treat bloating caused by IBS?

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Treatment for IBS-related bloating varies highly between patients, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Dietary and lifestyle changes are the most effective long-term remedies.

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Patients can experiment with various techniques to try and relieve the symptoms of IBS-related bloating. The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders recommends eating small, regular meals and reducing fiber consumption. Regular exercise may help stimulate the bowels and abdomen. Constipation worsens bloating, and bowel movements can help reduce bloating. It may be difficult for patients to reduce fiber consumption while also avoiding constipation, which is why it is important for people to experiment and find a balance that treats their symptoms.

Certain foods are known to worsen IBS and bloating, states the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Legumes, cabbages, broccoli, raisins and onions are well-known trigger foods for gas and bloating. Insoluble fiber is a common cause of bloating and pain. Reducing or eliminating foods that contain high amounts of insoluble fiber can help treat IBS, but the extent of a diet's influence is highly individualized. A simple elimination diet can help narrow down culprits, but a doctor may be able to work with a patient to identify factors and other symptoms that extend past diet, such as stress, sleep and medications.

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