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Apples are a great food for IBS, once you know their secret. They may even help to relieve irritable bowel pain.

Here’s why...

...Apple flesh is full of soluble fibre. That’s the fiber that dissolves in water to form a gel. It bulks up in your intestines to help create nice regular contractions, instead of those painful spasms that hurt so much. This is why applesauce is often recommended for people with IBS.

But apples have another side to them that’s not so helpful. Their skin is full of insoluble fiber – that’s the part of them you can’t digest. Insoluble fiber acts like a broom sweeping out your intestines, which is hard for the sensitive IBS digestive system to cope with, especially if you’re prone to diarrhea.

So to avoid causing irritable bowel pain, the big secret to apples is: PEEL them before eating. And if you still have trouble, cooking will break down the fiber even further, making your apples easier to digest. (Applesauce, anyone?)

Of course, apples alone are not enough to control your symptoms because IBS is a complex condition. But there are answers that work.

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  1. Keren of No IBS

Hi Lucky,
I'm not a doctor, so I don't know exactly what's causing your symptoms and can't diagnose for you.

Here's what I do know... IBS can be fatiguing - yes. Whenever your body is struggling - whether it's with IBS, a hernia, or just a...

Hi Lucky,
I'm not a doctor, so I don't know exactly what's causing your symptoms and can't diagnose for you.

Here's what I do know... IBS can be fatiguing - yes. Whenever your body is struggling - whether it's with IBS, a hernia, or just a common cold, the struggle calls upon many of your body's resources and that is tiring.

Light-headedness, lack of concentration and fatigue may be due to a medical condition. They may also be the result of dysbiosis - meaning gut flora that is out of balance, and leaky gut syndrome. Since you are having all these gut-related problems, you might want to look at your diet for food intolerances, take some good probiotics, and avoid gluten, which causes leaky gut. Are you dehydrated?

Read through the articles on this site, and you'll find a wealth of information. You may also be interested in our ebook for IBS, which you can find on the Products page. It will take you step-by-step through the actions that we have found help to significantly reduce or stop IBS symptoms.

Think of yourself as partnering with your body to get well again. There's no need to continue with these symptoms for the rest of your life.

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  1. Lucky

I find the article very helpful, but does ibs cause fatigue? Or could my fatigue be as a resultof my hernia, also, does ibs cause lack of concentration , or light headedness? Answers will highly appreciated

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  1. Karen of No-IBS

Hi Anastasia,
If you truly have no problem with apples, then I think you should listen to your body. IBS is such a variable condition, there is no single diet that works for every person. Part of the reason it is so variable is because IBS is a...

Hi Anastasia,
If you truly have no problem with apples, then I think you should listen to your body. IBS is such a variable condition, there is no single diet that works for every person. Part of the reason it is so variable is because IBS is a catch-all phrase for digestive conditions that don't fit the medical model well. Some people only need to work with their diet and probiotics Other people need to do that and reduce their chemical exposure (although, frankly, I think this is valuable for everyone.) Others need to address trauma, since it can play a huge role in IBS.

But back to apples. There's nothing inherently wrong with apples. If you have SIBO - small intestine bacterial overgrowth - then avoiding all high-fructose fruit is an absolute necessity. Some doctors assume that all IBS is caused by SIBO, but this is just one opinion. As you can see from the comments on this post, people vary in their reactions to apples so not everyone with IBS seems to have SIBO.

Anyway, as I mentioned above, your body will tell you whether apples work for you or not. That, to me, is the final authority.

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  1. Anastasia

Hi! Just found this post. I was advised to follow low FODMAP diet to treat my IBS, and in all low FODMAP lists i find apple on the "bad" side due to high fructose. I don't seem to react to apples, at least i haven't traced that yet, but wonder if...

Hi! Just found this post. I was advised to follow low FODMAP diet to treat my IBS, and in all low FODMAP lists i find apple on the "bad" side due to high fructose. I don't seem to react to apples, at least i haven't traced that yet, but wonder if I should stick to the diet or follow your advice. Thanks!

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  1. Karen of No IBS

Hi Jim,
Sounds like you may be gluten-sensitive. Many of us are, even when medical allergies don't show up.

As you have discovered, there is actually more and better fiber in fruits - and vegetables - than in grains.

Thanks for sharing your...

Hi Jim,
Sounds like you may be gluten-sensitive. Many of us are, even when medical allergies don't show up.

As you have discovered, there is actually more and better fiber in fruits - and vegetables - than in grains.

Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  1. Jim

I have long suspected flour was a main trigger for my IBS-C symptomatology. I've suffered with it since 1989, often going for a week to week and a half with no movement until an excruciating flare with four to six visits to the bathroom in a day...

I have long suspected flour was a main trigger for my IBS-C symptomatology. I've suffered with it since 1989, often going for a week to week and a half with no movement until an excruciating flare with four to six visits to the bathroom in a day (never diarrhea, just several movements to "catch up" on the backlog - no pun intended). Just recently in an effort to lose weight and tackle IBS-C once and for all, I have restricted my diet of breads and flour-containing foods and added apples. I eat two to three apples per day along with maybe one or two tangelos. For the first time in 30 years, I have had a movement each and every day now for six days straight! Even better? Only five mins in the bathroom and I'm done! No repeat trips or agonizing gut-wrenching spasms, pain, and discomfort. I just might be onto something! I eat the apples with the skin on, though, and haven't had any problems with spasms. Drinking water has helped too. I have tried fiber in the past like Raisin Bran and whole wheat to no avail, but I may have stumbled onto the cure for this.

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  1. MARYANN EIDA

I tried a TBSP of olive oil daily and it helped my IBS so much then prescriptions I was given

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  1. Nancy Dotel

I suffer from depression and being taking meds for 15 years, I never have an appetite for anything horrible constipation I live on Ensure plus. My Doctor prescribed Linzess, but it made my body feel strange so I stopped it. Never get diarrhea but...

I suffer from depression and being taking meds for 15 years, I never have an appetite for anything horrible constipation I live on Ensure plus. My Doctor prescribed Linzess, but it made my body feel strange so I stopped it. Never get diarrhea but the constipation is bad. Any suggestion would be appreciated it.

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  1. Karen of No IBS

Thank you, Marsha.

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  1. Marsha Mursch

Thank you ladies, for your very helpful information. Each little bit helps, and it helps to know that we are not alone. Love your E-mails.

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