Food and your gut
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
IBS is a common digestive condition, with symptoms of abdominal pain or discomfort, wind, bloating and a change in bowel habit such as chronic diarrhoea or frequent constipation.
IBS affects up to 1 in 5 people, frequently women. Medical experts think IBS is related to increased gut sensitivity or altered digestive function. It can develop after a stomach bug, antibiotics or a time of extreme stress. Certain foods or the menstrual cycle might make symptoms worse. IBS can make daily life difficult and lead to more stress, increasing your digestive discomfort.
Can IBS cause another disease? IBS is not a precursor to digestive disease. However, bowel cancer is common in Australia and can be misdiagnosed as IBS. If you have any change in bowel habit that lasts two weeks or longer, see your GP. Healthy diet and lifestyle choices can reduce your bowel cancer risk. Ask Kym for more information.
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Managing digestive problems with food
Small changes to your diet are often very effective, especially when they take into account your lifestyle, the cause of your symptoms and how you react to different foods.
There are many ways to improve digestive health through food, and the low FODMAP diet is just one of them. A low FODMAP diet may be beneficial for people with IBS and other digestive conditions. FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. These molecules are found in common foods including wheat bread, pulses, milk, yoghurt, honey and some fruit and vegetables. Some people with IBS find that temporarily reducing FODMAPs can improve their symptoms. It's important to know that many high FODMAP foods are healthy, and avoiding them long term can reduce your good gut bacteria. I help you carefully reintroduce FODMAPs and find your personal tolerance, while eating a balanced diet.
This is why nutrition advice is personalised to you. My expert advice is based on the latest evidence and tailored to your needs, helping you safely improve your gut health without sacrificing good food. I can work with your GP or gastrointestinal consultant, or help you integrate your new diet with positive lifestyle choices like exercise or yoga.
Whether you have a diagnosed condition, or your symptoms persist despite the all-clear from your GP, we will find the best way forward for your digestive health.
If you think you have IBS or are experiencing digestive problems, talk to your GP. Medical conditions like endometriosis, coeliac disease and bowel cancer share similar symptoms, and should be ruled out before you change your diet.
Then book in your free discovery call with Kym. Email email@example.com and get ready to take control of your digestive health.