Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common gastrointestinal disorder that affects the stomach and intestines of the gastrointestinal tract. It is thought to affect as many as 1 in 7 people.
In my online Melbourne clinic, I see so many people diagnosed with IBS. Diagnosis often happens after their symptoms have met Rome IV criteria and all of their tests, such as gastroscopy and colonoscopy, have not identified another issue such as coeliac disease or inflammatory bowel disease.
Often these patients have been told these symptoms will be an ongoing issue and a low FODMAP diet under the guidance of a dietician is the only treatment available. As a holistic gut health expert there is so much that can be done to significantly improve your IBS symptoms and food tolerance when the underlying causes are understood and addressed. An important driver of IBS is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) where it is thought that up to 78% of people with IBS may also have SIBO.
Why you need to work with an holistic IBS practitioner
Working with a qualified and experienced IBS practitioner, like myself, will ensure:
• The correct tests have been ordered to thoroughly understand your gut
• The tests have been interpreted correctly which will help narrow down treatment options
• The best holistic treatments for IBS have been chosen for your unique needs
• The underlying causes for IBS is being addressed, which will help reduce your risk of staying on long-term restrictive diets, such as low FODMAP diets, or being stuck using ineffective symptom relief treatments
• Other complicated issues that contribute to IBS, such as microbiome dysbiosis, immune system dysfunction and nervous system dysfunction are supported
• You will receive individualised dietary advice to support your IBS journey which will reduce food anxiety and confusion
Key symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain and abnormal bowel habits (constipation, diarrhea or a mixture of both). Excessive gas, distension, bloating and urgency to poo are extremely common. In addition to gut symptoms, many IBS sufferers experience intolerances to many foods especially those considered high FODMAP family such as milk, beans, garlic, onion and certain fruits and vegetables.