Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, can be anywhere from annoying to downright debilitating making everyday situations fraught with anxiety. Millions suffer from IBS, which can cause on-going constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, or any combination of the above. But good news, IBS sufferers, there’s new relief in town — and you can get it at your local grocery store. Kiwifruit! A study from Taipei found that IBS suffers who ate two kiwifruit a day for four weeks had less constipation and a general lessening of symptoms than those who didn’t.

The study found that kiwifruits helped the IBS sufferers who had constipation the most. Kiwi is high in fiber and has a high water content, which makes it a useful tool to get the bowels moving. As a side note, one fruit also gives you all the vitamin C you need in a day and is high in potassium. All in just 45 calories.

Since not all IBS treatments work for everyone, here’s a brief list of other research on tools to reduce IBS symptoms:

If you have an irritable bowel, it’s a good idea to keep a food, feelings and symptoms journal. Write down what you eat, your mood throughout the day (stress or anxiety could contribute to IBS), and the symptoms you have. Also, always write the time down to help you identify your IBS triggers. And have some kiwi while you do it!


About Erica Giovinazzo

Erica Giovinazzo is a graduate student of Clinical Nutrition at New York University. She has served as the Chair of the Student Committee of the Greater New York Dietetic Association, the ADA Student Liaison for New York University, and a volunteer with Keri Gans Nutrition, God's Love We Deliver, and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Nutrition Department. In the coming year, Erica is delighted to be in the NYU Dietetic Internship, and complete the training to become a Registered Dietitian.

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