By following a low FODMAP diet, gut symptoms can be alleviated in up to 75% of IBS patients. This means that patients will once again be able to regain confidence and trust in food.
Dealing with gut issues
The FODMAP diet is not the only method of treatment for bowel disorders. All patients will be assessed and the dietitian will be able to gauge what the best path of treatment might be. Gut issues are complicated and there are many different approaches that a dietitian might chose to use.
We work with patients who suffer a variety of symptoms, such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea and which may stem from IBS or other Gastrointestinal disorders such as Coeliac Disease, Diverticular Disease, Hiatus Hernia or IBD (I.e. Crohns or Ulcerative Colitis).
FODMAP trained dietitians
Both Bridgette and Lynda are FODMAP trained dietitians and qualified to help with implementing a low FODMAP diet to help alleviate IBS symptoms of abdominal bloating, wind, pain, diarrhoea and/or constipation. These symptoms can affect up to 15% of the UK population.
How the low FODMAP diet works
The low FODMAP diet tackles the symptoms of IBS head-on, by eliminating the high FODMAP (highly fermentable carbohydrates) for a period of 4-8 weeks, until the patient is symptom free.
Successful reintroduction of FODMAP foods should be managed under the careful supervision of a FODMAP-trained dietitian, who will be able to identify which FODMAPs are triggering the patient's symptoms, and at what dose a ‘trigger food’ causes problems. This balanced approach – when adhered to – will ensure that the patient begins to enjoy a more balanced diet that consists of foods that are more varied and healthy.