IBS & The Low FODMAP Diet

IBS & The Low FODMAP Diet

Working with our Dietitians on your Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms usually include several of the following:

– Diarrhoea and urgency or constipation or a variable bowel habit

– Lower abdominal pain/cramping

– Abdominal distension

– Bloating

– Excess passage of ‘wind’

IBS Sufferers also regularly report:

– A feeling of incomplete bowel emptying

– Nausea at times

– Fatigue

The cause of the above symptoms is not known, however may involve many factors including

– a more sensitive gut

– an increased or decreased movement of gut contents

– damage caused by infections

– gut microbe upsets

– ‘leaky gut’ with some gut inflammation.

Our Dietitians will work with you on a range of management strategies including an Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diet (IBS Diet) to improve your gut function and reduce your symptoms including:

– Food choices and managing these within your preferences, lifestyle

– Meal and snack timing

– Hydration

– Activity level

– Sleep habits

– Self-care strategies/Stress management

– Eating speed

– Other investigations

The Low FODMAP diet

The Fodmap* group of dietary carbohydrates can be poorly absorbed in the intestine of IBS-sufferers resulting in excess water being moved down the gut and/or excess gas production causing painful symptoms.

This diet does not ‘cure’ IBS, but the IBS Diet works by helping individuals identify which FODMAP groups trigger their symptoms and through the challenge protocol determines how much FODMAP group they can tolerate. This individualised ‘adapted’ diet is the key to improving digestive comfort.

The world leaders in this research is Monash University and we use their scientifically researched protocols to enable our clients to improve their gut function long-term. This approach achieves significant symptom improvement in 3 out of 4 IBS sufferers.

(*FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyols)

If you suffer from IBS come and see our Irritable Bowel Syndrome Perth Dietitians at The Nutrition Specialists.