Irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects 1 in 7 people, and twice as many women as men. It can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life.
Key features of IBS include:
- abdominal pain
- constipation, diarrhoea or a mixture of both
- excessive wind
- urgency to poo
Treatment for IBS
Lifestyle changes are the best option for long-term relief of IBS symptoms for many people. In fact, there are now many scientific studies that have shown the effectiveness of a low FODMAP diet for IBS symptoms.
Once you have ruled out coeliac disease and other gastrointestinal diseases with your GP, seek the guidance of a Monash FODMAP trained dietitian who specialises in the dietary management of IBS using a low FODMAP diet.
The diet begins with a 2-6 week period where you only eat foods classified as 'low' or 'no FODMAP'. The Monash low FODMAP App is a brilliant resource for this.
If your symptoms ease during this period, reintroduce foods back into your diet in a systematic fashion to determine your unique trigger foods. When to reintroduce; which foods to reintroduce with; the amount of the reintroduction food to have, and the order of reintroducing foods depends on your specific circumstances.
You can then personalise a meal pattern moving forward based on your food triggers and tolerances.
We still don't know what causes IBS, although a number of factors including gut sensitivity, infections like gastroenteritis, and/or an unhealthy gut are thought to play a role.
IBS symptoms are real and in many cases, debilitating. The good news is IBS can be treated.
You may be restricting foods unnecessarily, avoiding entire food groups, developing a poor relationship with food, avoiding work/social situations...Don't put up with IBS-like symptoms anymore!
I can help.
Questions. I want to understand your relevant diet and medical history, your current meal pattern, home/work environment and food psychology.
I then provide an individualised combination of nutrition and lifestyle advice, combined with mindset, habit change and motivation therapy. This may include:
- meal proportioning/structuring advice
- a targeted meal plan
- tools to help reduce emotional/stress eating
- mindset therapy
- addressing existing habits
- education on diet-disease relationship
- altering your home and/or work environment
Nick currently sees clients in his private rooms at
Phone (08) 9239 0200
Fax (08) 9335 3725
1/91 Hampton Road
(Corner Wray Ave and Hampton Rd)
(08) 9284 4405
9 Leura Avenue
Claremont WA 6010
(opposite Claremont train station)