Diet and digestive problems
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.
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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.
A low FODMAP diet may be beneficial for people with IBS and other digestive conditions. FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. Found in common foods including wheat bread, pulses, milk, yoghurt, honey and some fruit and vegetables, these molecules don't cause IBS but temporarily reducing them can help. Avoiding FODMAPs long term can reduce your beneficial gut bacteria; plus, many high FODMAP foods are healthy. I help you carefully reintroduce FODMAPs and find your personal tolerance. But maintaining a balanced diet can be tricky.
This is where nutritional therapy comes in. Kym’s expert advice is based on the latest evidence and personalised to you, helping you safely reach optimal health without sacrificing good food. Kym can work with your GP or consultant, or help you integrate nutrition advice with positive lifestyle changes like exercise or yoga.
There are many ways to improve digestive health through food, and the low FODMAP diet is just one of them. Together we will find the best approach for you.
If you think you have IBS or are experiencing frustrating digestive problems, talk to your GP. Medical conditions like endometriosis and coeliac disease 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.