Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition of the digestive system that results in a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. These symptoms may include:
- Abdominal pain and discomfort
- Changes in bowel habits including constipation and/or diarrhoea
If you experience these symptoms it is possible you have irritable bowel. Irritable bowel may occur in up to 30% of the population and occurs more commonly in females. It's a good idea to get your symptoms checked out by your doctor first, as they could indicate more serious medical problems such as diverticulitis, coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease or bowel cancer.
If disease is excluded and irritable bowel is diagnosed, a change in dietary habits can help. Sometimes it can be as simple as reducing caffeine or alcohol intake. Often it may require more detailed investigations around foods that may not be digested or absorbed properly by the body.
Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols (FODMAPs) are a collection of naturally occurring compounds found in many of our foods. Studies have shown that FODMAPs are not digested or absorbed properly by everyone. If this occurs, these compounds are fermented by bacteria in the gut, which can result in the pain, bloating, and wind associated with irritable bowel.
Our Advantage Healthcare and Physiotherapy Dietitian will assist you in identifying what factors may be contributing to your symptoms. We can provide you with a healthy meal plan that eliminates these problem foods and then systematically reintroduce them to identify which foods are problematic for you.