Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be incredibly debilitating. It's no fun having stomach cramps while you're out and about, or trying to put on your favourite outfit and not being able to do the buttons up properly due to bloating.

And if constant stomach cramps weren't enough, excess flatulence and other symptoms such as diarrhoea and constipation can make life pretty difficult. But the good news is it's estimated that good dietary changes can assist with alleviating symptoms in 75% of individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 

Occurring in up to 30% of the population, and suggestions in medical journals the adverse effects of IBS are similar to those in people living with heart failure, it's not surprising some take desperate dietary measures in an attempt to find a solution to their problem. While such approaches are certainly understandable, they do have their risks and pitfalls.

Everybody's Different

The symptoms of IBS are varied and different for each individual. The symptoms however, can be similar to those of other bowel disorders, such as Coeliac Disease or bowel cancer. It is therefore important patients work through the correct channels to get a positive diagnosis for IBS.

Once clients have started eliminating certain foods from their diet (which may alleviate their symptoms), it can be difficult to rule out other more serious disorders. If the process is managed appropriately, and in the correct order via a GP, (and gastroenterologist if appropriate) along with a dietitian, it is much easier (and safer) to ensure one receives the correct advice to help manage their condition.

Making Changes

Depending on what a client presents with will determine what dietary recommendations Diane suggests. Following consultation and a subsequent dietary adjustment programme, many clients have a total or significant improvement in their symptoms, which often has an effect on their total sense of wellbeing.

Once symptoms have improved, Diane then works through a systematic process to determine which foods are triggers so a client's diet is not limited unnecessarily. Clients are then empowered to take control of their own condition and move forward with an enhanced quality-of-life.

Book an appointment with Diane today if you would like to alleviate the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with an improved diet.