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I know that IBS can be distressing and embarrassing! Well that's where I can help you. As a qualified dietitian, accredited & experienced in low FODMAP diets for IBS, my IBS package outlined below will guide you through the stages of the best treatment for IBS - the low FODMAP diet. By the end of your treatment most people (75%) feel complete symptom relief.
FODMAPs is an abbreviation for types of carbohydrate which are poorly absorbed and causes symptoms in people with IBS. The full name is Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyols. The low FODMAP diet has three stages which are detailed below in the 'What's Involved?' section.
Resources you'll receive
Low FODMAP diet Restriction booklet
Produced by Schär, this booklet, outlines the restriction phase of the low FODMAP diet
Low FODMAP diet Restriction quantities guide
This guide accompanies the restriction booklet, and provides quantity details of FODMAP foods
High fibre, low FODMAP foods sheet
Useful foods to include in your diet, for those suffering from IBS with constipation
Low FODMAP snacks list
Snacks ideas for the low FODMAP diet restriction phase
Anxiety reducing tips guide
Useful strategies you can try yourself to reduce anxiety levels
Low FODMAP diet Reintroduction guide
Produced by Schär, this booklet, outlines the process of reintroduction and testing different FODMAP foods
What is IBS?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a collection of gut symptoms that's not explained by any other disease. It's thought to mainly 30-50 year old women. IBS symptoms will come and go over your life-course, and tend to be worse during the working week, than the weekend.
To be diagnosed with IBS your symptoms must have started at least 6 months before diagnosis, and be present for the last 3 months. The symptom criteria below is diagnostic of IBS, but you may also have excess wind, lethargy, backache, nausea, bladder symptoms.
Rome IV IBS diagnostic criteria:
Abdominal pain or discomfort that is either relieved by opening the bowels or
Linked to opening the bowels more/less often or
Linked to a change in stool type, either constipation or diarrhoea or both
1 of the above for at least 6 months with 2+ of the following
Straining, urgent need for the toilet, incomplete evacuation
Abdominal Bloating, tension or hardness
Symptoms made worse by eating
Passage of mucus with bowel movements
The causes are not fully understood, but some causes are thought to be:
Stress, Anxiety, depression & mood disturbing how your intestines function. 50% of people with IBS suffer from anxiety or depression
Altered gut bacteria
4 x one hour video or in person consultations, guiding you through 1st line advice, then each of the 3 stages of the low FODMAP diet
1st line advice involves changes for common symptom causing food substances
You’ll receive expert assistance through each stage of the low FODMAP diet. The first stage will involve restricting the wide range of foods high in FODMAPs for 4-6 weeks, we will then reintroduced them slowly, using a method which allows us to identify exactly which of them are causing your symptoms and in what quantities. Finally we will reincorporate the tolerated FODMAPs back into your diet ensuring nutritional balance.
A personal plan will be sent along with resources at each stage
The Benefits you'll gain
Complete symptom relief for 75% of IBS sufferers
The ability to self-manage some of your anxiety & stress
Improved social confidence – no more IBS ruining your day!