What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not considered to be a disease. It is really just a list of symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating and excessive wind. Usually, the problem is caused by increased sensitivity and bacterial imbalance in your gut, neither of which can be picked up by conventional medical tests. Symptoms tend to appear during your 20s and can come and go in bouts, often during times of stress or after eating certain foods.
If a GP diagnoses you with IBS you may be referred to a consultant, but even then it can often be hard to get the answers you really need. Both medically and socially there is often a perception that it is ‘just IBS’, which can be frustrating and upsetting.
I know first hand just how severe the symptoms can be and how much of an impact they can have on your everyday life. I have also experienced the difference that nutritional therapy can make.
How can nutritional therapy help with IBS?
By improving your digestive health, nutritional therapy can have a huge impact on reducing abdominal pain and bloating. Together we’ll work through a three step process to get the answers you’re looking for and help you make positive changes to restore optimal gut health.
Step 1: Rule out food intolerances or allergies
Depending on your circumstances this can be done using blood tests or via a food and symptom diary.
Step 2: Investigate possible causes
I often recommend that my clients carry out a stool test. Don’t worry, this can be done in the privacy of your own bathroom. The results can be very revealing and can help diagnose a number of things that could be causing your IBS, including:
- Poor gallbladder function
- Low pancreatic enzymes
- Insufficient stomach acid
- Presence of parasites
- Imbalance of gut bacteria
- Inflammatory markers
Step 3: Devise a highly targeted nutritional therapy programme
Equipped with this information I will design an individual nutritional therapy programme for you. It will target any specific issues that we have revealed and should yield dramatic results quickly.
How a tailor-made nutritional programme improved John’s IBS
John developed Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) after suffering a traumatic bereavement. He used to experience agonising stomach pain, diarrhoea, bloating, excessive gas, and urgency with bowel movements. He had to plan his whole life around his illness and the proximity of the nearest toilet and even go part-time at work.
When John came to me, I recommended tests which revealed that not only was he suffering from an overgrowth of bacteria in his small intestine, but fragments of gut flora were passing through his gut lining and causing an immune reaction in his body. In addition, he showed immune reactions to both gluteomorphin and casomorphin.
I put together a nutritional programme including a therapeutic diet to balance gut flora, build up nutritional status and correct anaemia, as well as total removal of both wheat and dairy. This was supported by a supplement programme to aid digestion, heal the digestive tract and reduce inflammation.
Although his new diet was challenging at first, John saw rapid results that encouraged him to keep going. By the end of his three month Reinvent programme, he no longer suffered pain or discomfort and was having one regular daily bowel movement. Most importantly, he told me he felt happy to finally be ‘normal’ again.
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