Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is at best uncomfortable and most of the time downright painful. Symptoms vary widely from person to person, but certain foods are more likely to cause bloating and cramping than others. Those who suffer from IBS should be increasing their soluble fiber intake and decreasing their insoluble fiber consumption. That means more oats, barley, and legumes and less wheat bran and whole grains. Each person may find that he/she has a specific food that triggers IBS symptoms. These are some of the most common trigger foods that may be wreaking havoc on your digestive system.

1) Dairy

Many people—not just those with IBS—experience discomfort after eating dairy. Some individuals with IBS may not even realize that they are lactose intolerant. The human digestive system can not easily process milk from cows, goats, and other animals. Some people find that they react badly to cows’ milk but more readily tolerate goats’ milk.

Also, milk is high in fat which is a trigger for those who suffer from diarrhea.

Today, there are many options available if one decides to cut dairy out. Almond milk, coconut milk, and soy milk are all great-tasting alternatives.