What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), also known as functional bowel disease, is a life long condition causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, loose bowel movements and constipation.
Although IBS is not life threatening, the symptoms can be horrendous. Through working with many clients with this awful condition, I know just how important it is to gain some control so that their every day life is not built around the effects of their condition.
In all clinic appointments, I provide a non-judgemental service where the client can relax, be taken seriously and get the most out of the service.
How Do You Get a Diagnosis?
The symptoms of IBS as not enough to provide a diagnosis and so an assessment and blood tests are required via your GP. For a full explanation of this process, see my recent blog post ‘How To Get an Official Diagnosis.’
Is There A Cure?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for IBS. However, with specialist dietary manipulations you can be in control of your IBS and get to know what causes your symptoms to flare up.
The Food Treatment Clinic offers a specialist IBS service, helping you to gain control of your IBS rather than the other way around. This service includes the highly specialist FODMAP diet from Kings College London. This diet has been proven to be 91% effective in the management of IBS symptoms.
What Is The Low FODMAP Diet?
FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates which we know can be poorly digested. FODMAPs can be hidden in a wide range of food, so it maybe difficult for you to realise exactly which food is causing you issues.
When you eat FODMAPs, they do not break down well in your small intestine before entering your large intestine. In the large intestine the the FODMAPs come into contact with a lot of gut bacteria and start to undergo a process called fermenting (giving off gas). This gas then causes bloating, wind and abdominal pain. FODMAPs also attract a lot of water, the combination of gas and water results in loose, urgent bowel motions in those with IBS.
The low FODMAP diet involves a 2-4 week period of reducing all FODMAPs in your diet. After this period, you will then reintroduce one type at a time to pin point exactly which is causing you the problems. Normally it is only one or two types of FODMAPs which you need to avoid in order to gain control over your IBS symptoms.
This diet may sound complicated but will be explained at the clinic by a Specialist Dietitian and you will also receive easy to follow written information and guidance. I have completed the official 3 day course run by University Kings College London and you can see my name appears on their FODMAP trained dietitian list under Private Dietitians in Manchester.
To find out more about the low FODMAP diet, check out this video by Monash University or contact me to book your appointment today.
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