IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) affects many people. Whether its a gurgling stomach, altered GI movements or bloating and gas..ibs can be a huge inconvenience. Removing FODMAPs from the diet may help improve these symptoms. FODMAPS are short chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. Eating these foods (FODMAPS) can trigger alterations in fluid content and bacterial fermentation in susceptible individuals. These alterations may lead to symptoms such as bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, tiredness or belching.
The low fodmap diet originated in Australia and was developed by a team at Monash University in Melbourne. Studies have shown that 76% of patients see improvements in their symptoms following dietetic intervention. However, the diet is complex and requires a high level of accountability.
I regularly see patients for IBS symptoms and I have to say, I am amazed at how quickly symptoms clear during the elimination phase. I have completed multiple training programs in the area of IBS (Kings college in London and Bons Secours in Cork).
If you feel like you have symptoms of IBS and can't seem to figure out what exactly is causing those symptoms..book an appointment! I have booklets, food diaries and recipes to help guide you through the process. I normally ask that all patients be screened by their GP for Coeliac disease first.
Any questions-let me know!