Irritable bowel syndrome
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What is it?

IBS is a very common functional disorder seen in modern day society, it is a long term condition that causes recurring discomfort in the abdomen and altered bowel habits. It can occur at any age between mid teens to late 40’s. Symptoms are more severe in Women than in Men. I in 7 Australians have symptoms of IBS

  • Causes
  • Food allergy or intolerance
  • Exposure to various toxins (pollution, processed foods, drugs, dyes, heavy metals etc.)
  • Stress
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Genetic
  • Gut infections

    Symptoms

    • Diarrhoea
    • Abdominal Cramping
    • Nausea
    • Bloating
    • Flatulence
    • Alternating constipation and diarrhoea
    • Excess Wind

      Dietary & Lifestyle Advice

      • An elimination diet may be necessary to pinpoint the problem food, or new advances suggest diets such as the FODMAP diet- it alleviates symptoms in 75% of individuals but it is recommended to seek advice from a healthcare professional such as a Nutritionist , Dietitian or Integrative Doctor with a special interest in nutritional and environmental medicine before eliminating any food group from your diet
      • Avoid processed foods and simple sugars which are found in cakes, cookies, sugary cereals, pastries and anything made from refined flour or any added sugar
      • Increase fibre in the diet by choosing whole grains, legumes, fruit and vegetables, psyllium supplements may also be helpful
      • Eliminate coffee, tea and alcohol
      • Drink 8 glasses (2 litres) of water daily
      • Regular exercise
      • Stress management and relaxation strategies
      • Breathwork techniques to restore digestive function