Eggs Might be Causing Your IBS Symptoms
I love eggs. Due to my low-FODMAPS diet and other dietary restrictions for, hard-boiled eggs naturally became a breakfast staple. Usually I would cook four every morning, and eat all of the egg whites and egg yolks from two of them. This was to avoid cholesterol issues. Little did I know that eggs were causing some of my Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms. This included watery stool, occasional diarrhea, and yellowish stool. This probably sounds like I was eating garlic and onions with milk every day. In reality, it was actually from the mighty egg.
My Love for Eggs While Fighting IBS
What is there not to like about eggs? They are a great source of protein. Along with that, a significant daily source of selenium, vitamin D, and B2. Not to mention, it’s such a low-maintenance food to make in the morning. Boil a pot of water and get them boiling. Or store them cooked in the fridge, and crack open an egg anytime for a nutritious snack.
I intensively studied the low-FODMAPS diet when I was diagnosed with IBS-D (diarrhea). Due to the dietary limitations, I only had a few food items that I could fully rely on. As a result, I tended to “overeat” these items, and never thought twice about how my body reacted to them.
I had also began to do weight-training at the gym and so a good and high source of protein is always appreciated. Egg whites became my go-to food as I had to skip all dairy products. I also avoided having bacon or processed meats in the morning as breakfast due to its high fat content. Food with high fat content tends to also cause IBS issues.
Eggs, the Unlikely Culprit
A few months ago, my usual approach to controlling IBS symptoms became ineffective. Despite the daily intake of probiotics, including the expensive VSL #3, my IBS symptoms returned. I was puzzled and felt defeated. Flare ups usually last for a few days only. The symptoms returned for weeks.
This led me to re-examine my diet and what I am doing wrong that is causing my digestive system to stage such a revolt. I noticed I was eating an abnormal amount of eggs and wondered if it may be the cause. Turns out I was right.
Monitor Your Food Sensitivities
As if struggling with IBS while trying to lead a normal life isn’t enough, there are a few extra dimensions and components to your diet to watch out for.
Besides blindly following a low-FODMAPS diet, you should monitor how your body react to the food that you THINK you can eat. If you are following a strict IBS-friendly diet, but are still having IBS symptoms, then that means something is still not quite right.
For those of you like me, eliminating eggs from your diet will provide IBS symptom relief. It may have manifested as some sort of food allergy, but this may mean that your digestive system cannot handle eggs anymore. You should take a break from them.
Food sensitives for those with IBS are complicated. One food may be perfectly fine for someone, and sound like a healthy choice for a person with weakened digestive capabilities. But for another person, it could be a direct cause of IBS symptoms.
After I Stopped Eating Eggs
My random IBS symptoms such as yellowish or pale stool stopped almost over night. The spurs of stinging stomach pain and watery stool stopped as well. I still have plenty of random intestinal repositioning and noise, but the pale stool is completely gone. And that gave me a lot of comfort.
I am sad that I had to eliminate eggs from my diet but it’s better than allowing this food category to continue to cause havoc to my digestive system. I guess those with IBS simply have very picky digestive systems…the whole disease is just very complicated. Fortunately, we can arm ourselves with information and determination.
Are Eggs Causing IBS Symptoms for You?
Here is what I recommend if you have IBS symptoms and consume eggs frequently. Start an elimination diet and see how your body reacts. You should know if eggs are a cause of your IBS digestive issues within a few days of stopping eggs completely.
There aren’t really any tests or examinations your doctor or gastroenterologist can conduct. Food allergies are hard to test for and the blood tests are usually very expensive and scientifically inconclusive. Especially when it comes to IBS symptoms. There are, for example, IgG and IgE tests for food allergies. However, the accuracy and relevance of these test results have been controversial.
There are always egg alternatives such as vegan egg mix. Just in case you can’t stop thinking about eggs.
After eliminating eggs from your system, if you experience an improvement in managing your IBS symptoms, then congratulations. You just solved another mystery in an otherwise complex digestive ailment. I would eliminate eggs from your diet for at least a few weeks while your system recovers. This will also give you a chance to monitor how your body reacts to other foods.
Share Your IBS Experience with Eggs
Are you also sensitive to eggs? Did eggs worsen some of your IBS symptoms?
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