Inflammatory bowel syndrome, also called spastic colon, is a common gastrointestinal illness that affects the colon. IBS does not cause inflammation or changes to the colon, according to MayoClinic.com. People with IBS have a colon that is more sensitive and reactive than usual. Factors that trigger IBS symptoms include stress, certain diets and medications. Patients with IBS should eat high-protein diets.
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High-Protein Diets and IBS
IBS affects normal functioning of the intestines which leads to less absorption of proteins and other nutrients, according to MayoClinic.com. Patients with IBS experience chronic diarrhea that may lead to the loss of proteins and other nutrients. Doctors advise patients with IBS and other bowel inflammatory conditions to eat more protein-rich foods to replace the proteins they lose or are unable to absorb.
Sources of Proteins
MedlinePlus recommends healthy adults to eat two or three servings of protein-rich foods per day. Doctors may advise IBS patients to eat more than three servings of proteins per day. Examples of healthy sources of proteins include fish, skinned poultry, lean meat, dried beans, peas, lentils, low-fat milk, low-fat dairy products, soybeans, soy milk and nuts.
Foods that Trigger IBS Symptoms
Certains foods may trigger IBS symptoms and should therefore be avoided. These foods include fatty foods, fried foods, dairy products, rye, wheat,barley, chocolate, alcohol and drinks with caffeine like coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate and soft drinks, according to MayoClinic.com. Caffeine causes increased contraction of the colon that may worsen diarrhea in IBS patients.
Symptoms of IBS
Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include abdominal pain, abdominal cramps, constipation that alternates with diarrhea, bloating, gas, loss of appetite, mucus in the stool, fever and unintentional weight loss, according to MayoClinic.com. IBS can affect the overall quality of life. It Is important for patients with IBS to seek treatments that will help them be more comfortable in daily life.