Introduction to IBS

IBS is a long-term condition where dysfunction within the gut can lead to pain, gas, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation, and/or a change in the appearance of stool.

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FODMAPs 101

FODMAPs are small sugars and fibres (aka. carbohydrates) found in some of the foods we commonly eat.  They are often poorly absorbed and easily fermented by the bacteria in the gut (thus the name fermentable). They are like fast food for the bacteria in our gut.

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The Low FODMAP Diet

Most people with IBS are not sensitive to all the FODMAP groups, or to all the foods in each FODMAP group. The trick is to work out which ones produce your symptoms. This way your diet will be less restricted and as liberal and nutrient rich as you can tolerate.

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Beyond Food

Integrating nurturing moments into your day and week that reduce the effects of stress on your body appears to influence the gut-brain-axis. Turning down the dial on stress has demonstrated significant healing effects on digestive health and general health by demonstrably changing the terrain of the gut.

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SIBO

SIBO occurs when bacteria migrate from their usual home in the large intestine back up into the small intestine.  There is also evidence that some bacteria may relocate from the mouth down into the small intestine.

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Common Tests

Although IBS can be debilitating and have a profound effect on quality of life, it does not carry the same long-term health risks or the treatment options of some other digestive conditions. 

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Herbs for Digestive Health

In the western herbal tradition, herbal medicines are used to support various aspects of digestive health. Many health conditions, seen elsewhere in the body, are first addressed by a focus on gut health and optimizing gut function. Improving gut health can be the starting point in the journey towards better general health.

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Why Work with a Dietitian/Herbalist

 As a Dietitian and Herbalist I see a number of clients in my practice with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other digestive concerns. Most often, a person has been struggling for a long time, has had many tests and has already received a diagnosis of IBS.   

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