Found: A Diet for IBS That's Nutritionist-Approved

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Inevitably, life has some not-so-glamorous and uncool moments up its sleeve. One such reality is irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, a common disorder that affects your digestive system. Research and clinical studies show that you might be dealing with common symptoms like abdominal pain or cramping, bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea, or constipation and diarrhea. According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, 10% to 15% of people worldwide are affected by IBS. But there's good news: The condition can be handled with a few healthy changes to your lifestyle and diet.

Registered dietitian and Genki Nutrition owner Jonathan Valdez, who also happens to be a spokesperson for New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, notes the importance of consulting a professional before making large dietary changes. "Healthier lifestyles such as diet changes and stress management can help manage symptoms and prevent IBS," says Valdez. "The following is a not a catchall and may require a follow-up with an interdisciplinary team that may involve a registered dietitian nutritionist, a primary care physician, GI specialist, and psychiatrist." Read on for his tips on foods to eat and avoid, along with a trusted diet for IBS.

So that you're all squared away, review the rundown of everything you need to know about IBS.