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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common gastrointestinal complaint with a variety of symptoms. We recognise that the causes or triggers for Irritable Bowel Syndrome vary from person to person - stress is often a component, but there is no one single cause. Some of the symptoms of IBS include:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Spasms

Working with the diet first, we look for the most common triggers and where necessary we may recommend biochemical testing to enable us to design a more specific programme to help you. Stress, hormones, lifestyles choices, food intolerances and infections can all have a role to play and need to be taken into consideration.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can often be considerably helped with the intervention of nutritional therapy and with the right investigation, you could be on your way to improving your health.

Although it is not a very pleasant thought, we often find that parasites and bacterial infections in the gut are common triggers for gut symptoms. It is often a chicken and egg situation – IBS originally triggered by stress, hormones, poor diet and exacerbated by an opportunistic infection. We commonly ask patients to conduct a comprehensive stool test to investigate this possibility.

We find that once your gut health is compromised, your will be more prone to food intolerances – but they are, more than often, a symptom of poor gut health rather than the cause.

If you suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms, please always see your GP first.

Diet and IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common complaint among our clients and can be very debilitating. However, we find that dietary changes can considerably alleviate symptoms such as IBS bloating, diarrhoea and constipation, and can bring relief to many clients. We begin by ‘cleaning up’ the diet - removing suspect foods which could be making IBS bloating and other symptoms worse, and replacing them with more nutritious alternatives. If parasites or bacteria infections are revealed via a stool analysis, we put together a supplement programme designed to gently rid the body of them and heal the gut.

Along with making dietary changes, we also look at stress levels, which can have a significant impact on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and recommend methods for managing and reducing stress if necessary. Dietary changes, stress management and addressing any infections could help restore gut health leaving you free of IBS bloating, ensuring regular bowel movements, and boosting your energy.

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