Listen to your body
Every IBD patient is different.
Disease varies from one patient with irritable bowel syndrome to the next; they experience different symptoms and have varying food reactions. That's why it's important to listen to your body to know how to manage your IBD flares.
Some individuals find that they cannot tolerate foods during the flare that they otherwise can normally tolerate.
Once you figure out your potential triggers, it is best to avoid those foods that worsen your flare symptoms until the flare subsides.
These are some foods that commonly increase symptoms during a flare:
- Caffeine (increases motility, dehydration)
- Alcohol (increases dehydration)
- Spicy foods
- High-fat foods
- Foods high in sugar and fiber
Liquids are often tolerated better than solids; therefore, supplements may be something to consider.