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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Here at My Dietitian Clinic, we are highly specialised in the management of IBS. We provide consultations, packages and programs to help you take back control of your IBS, resolve symptoms and improve your quality of life. Enquire via the form below to see what option is best for you and your symptoms.

What is IBS?

IBS is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects approximately 10-15% of the population, and it can cause a range of symptoms, including abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel movements. Here, we'll provide you with everything you need to know about IBS, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Causes of IBS

The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but several factors may contribute to the development of the disorder, including:
-Genetics: There is evidence to suggest that IBS may run in families.
-Abnormalities in the Gastrointestinal Tract: Some studies have found that people with IBS have a more sensitive gastrointestinal tract, which may contribute to symptoms.
-Food Sensitivities: Certain foods can trigger IBS symptoms in some people.
-Changes in Gut Microbiome: The gut microbiome plays an important role in gut health and may be altered in people with IBS.

Symptoms of IBS

The symptoms of IBS can vary from person to person, but some of the most common symptoms we see include:
-Abdominal pain or discomfort
-Changes in bowel movements, including diarrhea, constipation, or alternating diarrhea and constipation
-Mucus in the stool
-The feeling of incomplete emptying

Diagnosis of IBS

There is no definitive test for IBS, but doctors typically diagnose the condition based on a patient's symptoms and medical history. Your doctor may also perform a physical exam or order additional tests to rule out other conditions that may be causing your symptoms.

The Low FODMAP Diet

FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. 

The Low FODMAP diet is a dietary approach that has been developed to help people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) manage their symptoms. 

FODMAPs are certain types of carbohydrates that are found in a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products. For some people with IBS, FODMAPs can be difficult to digest, which can lead to symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

The Low FODMAP diet involves restricting or limiting foods that are high in FODMAPs for a period of time, typically four to six weeks. This elimination phase helps to identify which foods may be contributing to symptoms. 

After the elimination phase, foods are gradually reintroduced to the diet, with the goal of identifying individual trigger foods that can be avoided in the long term.

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