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Are you struggling to feel well with IBS? Have you started the low FODMAP diet, but are confused about what to eat or how to re-introduce FODMAPs? Registered Dietitian Elizabeth can support you to follow dietary treatment effectively with the aim of relieving your symptoms of IBS. Dietary treatment for IBS is very individual with people reacting to different foods and in different ways. For some making dietary changes, such as adjusting fibre intake, and reducing caffeine and alcohol, and for some coping better with stress and anxiety, may be sufficient to relieve symptoms.
For others, in addition, following the recommended low FODMAP diet, a more intense treatment plan, may be required. This is where particular carbohydrate foods are removed from your diet for up to six weeks, and then gradually reintroduced to test for individual tolerance. It is recommended to have the guidance of a dietitian to support you with following the diet. This is to ensure that you follow the diet correctly and do not overly restrict, which may lead to nutritional deficiencies. The low FODMAP diet can effectively improve symptoms in about 70% of people (Kings College London).
For some people a selective low FODMAP diet may be more appropriate where just a few high FODMAP foods are restricted and then reintroduced to test for individual tolerance.
Before booking your support with Elizabeth please make sure that you have a confirmed diagnosis of IBS either from your GP or hospital consultant. There are a number of tests and investigations that shoud be undertaken to rule out other conditions, which have similar symptoms to IBS. These include ovarian cancer, bowel cancer, coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease.