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Health Tip: Ease Cramps From Irritable Bowel

(HealthDay News) -- Modifying what and how you eat won't cure irritable bowel disease, but it can help reduce flares.

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America offers these suggestions:

  • Eat small snacks or meals every three-to-four hours, instead of eating three large meals each day.
  • Cut back on fried, greasy or high-fat foods, which can trigger gas and diarrhea.
  • If you are lactose-intolerant, avoid dairy products.
  • Limit foods that are high in fiber, including popcorn, some Chinese vegetables, corn, nuts and seeds.
  • If you take antidiarrheal or antispasmodic medication, take them about 20 minutes before eating a meal.

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