The first step in treatment of IBS is to find out if your lifestyle is the biggest concern. If you are working really hard, not eating properly, drinking too much, or living on the sofa we will try and change that first so that your daily diet looks like a healthy diet, and your daily life looks better also. If you are still having problems it’s good to look at specific food based interventions such as fibre, alcohol, caffeine, lactose, fructose, gluten may all impact, and it is my remit, looking at all the information you have provided to consider the best way forward.
Recent research from Australia also suggests a low FODMAP diet, when achieved with the support of a dietitian, can be helpful in managing IBS symptoms. This particular diet has been shown to achieve improvement in symptoms in around 70 – 80% of trial participants (no mean feat) so is definitely worth trying, but only if necessary.
Appointment Series for Low FODMAPs Diet: achieved over 3-4 months
Working holistically, we explore whether stress, complicated working hours, poor sleep, sedentary living and lack of exercise are contributing to your symptoms, or if those symptoms might be food related.
I can help you look at specific food-based triggers, and how to best manage your symptoms using either a Low FODMAP approach or other targeted dietary intervention.
When symptoms are alleviated, I want you have a clear understanding of what you can eat, and what you can’t eat, and what you can eat instead so as not to compromise your nutrition.