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Topic: Diet, Foods

  1. Brochure, Fact Sheet: IBS Questions and Answers


    By: Douglas A. Drossman, MD

    This in-depth overview of IBS includes information on symptoms, causes, diagnosis, management, and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Written in collaboration by IFFGD and physicians noted for their knowledge about IBS. Newly revised and updated 2013.

    Also available offline as a glossy color brochure (3.5" x 8.5"). Contact IFFGD for details.

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  2. Fact Sheet: Relationship of Diet to Functional GI Disorders


    By: Raquel Croitoru, MD, FACG

    The symptoms of functional GI disorders, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation can by initiated or exacerbated by stress, hormones, drugs, and diet. Certain foods can induce symptoms that mimic certain functional GI disorders. Review of an individual's diet is important when dealing with functional GI symptoms.

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  3. Fact Sheet: Diet and Functional Bowel Disease


    By: Kenneth W. Heaton, MD, FRCP

    The exact nature of the connection between what people eat and how their intestines behave is controversial, but there is certainly a connection. The effects of foods on the gut are reviewed.

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  4. Fact Sheet: Fiber Therapy in IBS and other GI Disorders


    By: James W. Anderson, MD

    Specific food practices may contribute to constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, and abdominal pain. Based on our observation and experiences in nutrition research, we will share with you some suggestions for improving bowel function and decreasing symptom severity.

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  5. Fact Sheet: Controlling Intestinal Gas


    By: William F. Norton, Communications Director, IFFGD

    Everybody produces gas, and everybody needs to pass gas. The amount depends on the individual, and there is a wide range of "normal." Passing gas is normal; nevertheless, it can be embarrassing or cause discomfort. A review of causes, treatments, and tips on controlling gas.

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  6. Fact Sheet: Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders


    By: Kirsten Tillisch, MD; Steven Tan, MD, MTOM, LAc

    If conventional medical therapies prove unsuccessful or have unwanted side effects, many people choose to pursue complementary or alternative therapies (CAM). Complementary therapies are done in addition to traditional medical treatments, and alternative therapies are done instead of medical treatments. Many CAM modalities exist and they can be roughly grouped into several categories including herbal/dietary, somatic therapies (such as acupuncture or massage), mind-body therapies (such as hypnosis or meditation), and movement or breathing exercises (such as yoga or tai chi). In this review we will discuss each of these categories, focusing on those that have been studied most rigorously.

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  7. Fact Sheet: Dietary Fiber: What is it?


    By: W. Grant Thompson, MD, FRCPC

    Much is published on the benefits of "fiber" in the diet. Nevertheless, there is some confusion over what constitutes dietary fiber. Moreover, some of its proclaimed benefits are controversial. Therefore, it is a challenge to determine if, how much, and what kind of fiber one should take. This article addresses the nature of dietary fiber; its sources; its commonly accepted benefits, especially for the intestinal tract; and how to achieve sufficient daily fiber intake. Reviewed and updated 2009.

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  8. Fact Sheet: Managing diarrhea


    By: W. Grant Thompson, MD, FRCPC

    This article considers how to manage the symptom of diarrhea until the underlying disease is brought under control, including dietary changes, over-the counter medications, and prescription medications. Reviewed and updated 2009.

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  9. Fact Sheet: Nutrition Strategies for Managing Diarrhea


    By: Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, LDN

    In some people, chronic diarrhea may be controlled to some extent through diet and lifestyle factors. The role of diet including what foods and supplements may help, and what may produce loose stools, is discussed.

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  10. Fact Sheet: Report from IFFGD Research Award Winner: Understanding Intestinal Gas


    By: Fernando Azpiroz, MD, PhD

    Everybody has gas in his or her digestive tract (the esophagus, stomach, small intestine/bowel, and large intestine/bowel). What is happening that causes painful or uncomfortable symptoms associated with gas in some persons while not in others? Report from this 2005 IFFGD Research Award Winner.

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