Irritable bowel syndrome is a common condition which affects many. This article provides an overview of IBS, the low FODMAP diet and both my clinic and online dietitian services.
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 control so that their every day life is not built around managing IBS symptoms.
How Do You Get a Diagnosis?
The symptoms of IBS are 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 blog post ‘How To Get an Official Diagnosis.’
Is There A Cure?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for IBS. However, with specialist diet and lifestyle changes, you can be in control of your IBS by getting to know your triggers.
In 2016, my digestive health packaged provided 91% of clients had satisfactory relief of their IBS symptoms after just 2 appointments.
What Is The Low FODMAP Diet?
The low FODMAP diet, is a diet which is low in fermentable carbohydrates.
‘FODMAP’ stands for;
When you eat FODMAPs, they travel to the large bowel (at the end of your gut) where they broken down by gut bacteria.
This process is called fermentation, which produces gas, causing bloating, wind and stomach pain.
FODMAPs also draw water into the large bowel -the combination of gas and water result in loose, urgent bowel motions in some people.
What Does The Low FODMAP Diet Involve?
The low FODMAP diet involves a 2-6 week period of reducing all FODMAPs in your diet.
After this period, you will reintroduce one group of FODMAPs at a time to pin point exactly which is causing you the problems.
To find out more about the low FODMAP diet, check out this video by Monash University.
How To See a Trained Low FODMAP Diet Dietitian
Only registered dietitians can undergo further training at Kings College London to provide support and guidance whilst you are on the low FODMAP diet.
I have been practising with the low FODMAP diet for 5 years now and in 2015 I attended the official Kings College course.
I provide low FODMAP services as part of my digestive health package and this can be done either in clinic in Belfast, or online via a video link.
For further information on how to see myself, a trained FODMAP dietitian, please click on ‘book now’ to book in for a free 15 minute phone consultation.