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Support for IBS

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Support for IBS

What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the digestive system. It can last either for a few days or a lifetime; it includes symptoms like bloating, diarrhoea, cramps, and constipation. Studies have shown that there is no treatment for IBS, but diet and lifestyle changes have been proven to help control the symptoms.

How can my diet affect IBS?

As mentioned above, no single diet or medication works for everyone; hence, it is not one equation that works for all – like most conditions. However, some dietary changes and modifications have been beneficial, like cooking homemade meals, avoiding fatty and spicy foods, reducing alcohol, soda, juices, tea, and coffee, avoiding processed foods, and adding some prebiotics and probiotics to our plan.

How can a nutritionist help with IBS?

1. Diet

A suitable diet will be catered for the individual’s needs and preferences. In general, it should stop us from skipping meals, eating too quickly, reducing sugar intake throughout the day, which includes fruit, and monitoring what we eat.

2. Lifestyle

One of the most effective approaches taken to tackle IBS, from my experience, is jotting down what triggers our symptoms the most. Writing down and keeping a small journal of what foods you have eaten and how they made you feel after is one of the most helpful ways to identify what triggers our IBS.

Another hobby to adopt would be exercising on a daily basis, even if it was just a walk for 30 minutes.
Keeping yourself relaxed and coping with stress as much as you can with new habits like meditation or yoga can be very beneficial and improve our sleep and energy levels throughout the day. These can be done with a simple push and plan that can help us get back on track and tackle any symptoms we might feel.

3. Condition management

Some people who experience IBS tend to avoid food in general or read about some fad diet or promotional program that encourages them to try new things that have not been proven effective. The general approach to this condition that has been proven beneficial has to be monitored by a nutritionist or health professional to understand one’s body and personal triggers better.

Feeling better comes down to the individual and how much they feel like sticking to a strict diet plan to help reduce the pain that comes with IBS.

4. Progress reporting

Everybody’s experience with IBS is different, as mentioned before, we should be patient with what the solution is and how to make the condition less painful. Constant check-ups with your nutritionist are needed to report back on your food journal and find a new approach if some symptoms still did not reduce over time.

Nutritional Considerations for IBS

Aim for getting low-sodium foods and products at the supermarkets to cook healthy meals at home. To lower blood pressure, foods rich in magnesium, calcium, and potassium are of huge help, like bananas, dark leafy greens, oranges, potatoes, beans and legumes, nuts, and yoghurt.

However, following a healthy diet that fits your needs and preference can be challenging at first, but reducing processed foods and increasing fruits and vegetables can be a huge first step.

Author: Celine Tabche MSc, ANtr

Celine is a postgraduate researcher in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. She has a background in Biology from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and volunteered for the Red Cross throughout. Awarded a Master’s degree in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition at University College London (UCL) and volunteered as a student representative throughout. She is certified as an Associate Nutritionist in the UK with over two years of clinical nutritional consultations. She is also a student member of the Royal Society for Public Health. She currently works with the WHO Collaborating Centre at Imperial College which helps WHO with multiple projects in Public Health education and evaluation of Health systems. She has been working on multiple reports and articles involving bariatric surgery and obesity, COVID-19, maternal mortality rates, the public health system, and many more. Celine has given multiple conferences about preventative medicine and nutrition. She has volunteered her free time over the past year for the NHS GoodSam responder to provide support to the vulnerable groups during the pandemic.

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and it's good for the planet too!

10% of profits go to funding reforestation projects through our partners Plant Your Future.

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What people say

“Such an incredible and useful session – Phoebe really knows her stuff.”

“Seanin was lovely, professional and really helpful. Loved my session with her”

“Alice made the session enjoyable and informative, she is very knowledgable and able to provide clear guidance”

“Honestly life changing! I can’t believe the difference in how I feel”

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