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Digestive Health

Somewhere between 10 – 30% of the population experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), with many individuals excluding lists of foods or food groups which seem to upset their gut.

Best Practice

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Treatment

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.

Low FODMAPs Diet

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

  • Elimination diet Week 0
  • Food challenge Diet Week 4
  • Personalising your healthy diet Week 10 – 12

I really enjoyed working with you on this. I feel a lot less stressed about the symptoms and what it means for my health. I’m glad I found you. Thanks again for all your help and sensible advice, not just on FODMAPS but menopause issues too.

- Catherine, Brixton

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Personalising the Diet

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.

Let’s calm that gut down!