Fibre and IBS

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Getting enough fibre can be challenging to get in on a daily basis especially if following the low FODMAP diet. Book in with one of our Registered Dietitians to get individualized support with this.

What is fibre?

Fibre is a type of carbohydrate that the body cannot digest. Most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules with the exception of fibre. Fibre passed through the body undigested which helps to regulate the body’s blood sugars.

Types of fibre:

Soluble – dissolves in water to form a gel to help form stool

Insoluble – attracts water into your stool. Promotes bowel regularity

Prebiotics – a source of food for your gut’s healthy bacteria

What foods are low fodmap and provide a good source of fibre?

  • Quinoa
  • Chia Seeds
  • Kiwi
  • Psyllium Husk
  • Ground Flax Seed
  • Raspberries (30)
  • Red Lentils (1/4 cup)

For help incorporating low fodmap high fibre foods into your diet book in with one of our dietitians today.

Fibre and IBS

Fibre can be helpful with IBS symptoms as the most common symptoms are constipation or diarrhea. Soluble fibre has been proven to help with symptoms of diarrhea by helping to form the stool. Insoluble fibre helps with improving symptoms of constipation.

Low fodmap fibre supplements:

  • Metamucil
  • Weber Fiber 4

Tips for using fibre supplements: 

  • Speak to your dietitian, family doctor or gastroenterologist for more information about fibre supplements and which one might be best for you
  • Begin with a small dose at first and slowly increase this over several days to the recommended dose.
  • Increase water intake slowly with increased fibre intake
  • Consult with your doctor if you experience any side effects
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