IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome – how can diet help to manage my symptoms?

Did you know that up to 10% of UK population can be affected by IBS? What is IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition that affects the digestive system and presents with symptoms of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. It is important that diagnosis of IBS is made by your GP to ensure other conditions are ruled out.

What causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

It has no specific cause, no distinctive pathology and no single effective treatment.  The symptoms can vary from person to person and in the same person and often in response to what happens or changes in diet or life style ( https://www.theibsnetwork.org/ )

Can diet help manage my symptoms of IBS?

Dietary changes can often help manage IBS symptoms and there are some simply changes that you can try. It is recommended that you try these first line steps initially rather than making any unnecessary drastic changes to your diet.

Other helpful tips that can help manage your symptoms alongside diet are:

  • Take regular exercise such as walking or swimming
  • Take time to relax
  • Don’t rush your meals and ensure you chew your food thoroughly

If your symptoms persist following making general lifestyle and dietary changes, you may benefit from dietary intervention. Please contact me to discuss whether I can help you with further dietary changes.

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Caroline Hill is a specialist menopause dietitian supporting women making dietary change. Caroline uses her extensive knowledge, skills and expertise of food and nutrition to help women manage their symptoms and weight during menopause. Caroline believes in providing sustainable, individualised, evidence-based advice to women making dietary change.

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