IBS and Gut Health Specialists

Dietary Support

Dietary support for IBS, SIBO, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and other conditions.

Dietary Support for Digestive Issues

While there is no such thing as the perfect diet for IBS or other digestive imbalances, there are, however, a range of templates that can be used and personalised to help reduce symptoms, identify triggers and help to address underlying imbalances.

The aims of these diets are to:

Identify Triggers

Identifying trigger foods can take a lot of the guesswork out of how you react to each meal.

Manage Symptoms

In the short term, managing symptoms can help you feel more comfortable as the underlying issue is addressed.

Support Balance

Focusing on the right foods can support the balance of the friendly bacteria and the health of the gut lining.

The aim is not to live on a restricted diet.

But to address the underlying imbalance so a restricted diet doesn't need to be followed.

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Does diet matter?

Diet can help to support many areas of an imbalanced digestive system.

While there are foods that can lead to the worsening of digestive symptoms, it’s rarely the case that the food itself is the issue.

Inflammation, bacterial imbalances and immune dysregulation along the gut lining can all alter how we respond to food.

By focusing on addressing these underlying imbalances, we aim for the diet to be as varied and as stress-free as possible.

IBS Diet

A common dietary approach to IBS is the low FODMAP diet. This diet removes certain groups of carbohydrates that can worsen digestive symptoms in those with IBS.

While the full version of the low FODMAP diet can feel restrictive and overwhelming, it’s not always necessary to follow it in its entirety. Modified, less restricted versions of this diet may be the best place to start for some.

The low FODMAP diet isn’t a diet to follow long term. However, it can be used to help manage symptoms in the short term while the underlying imbalance is identified and addressed.

IBS Symptoms
  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
Dietary Aims
  • To remove problematic food to help manage symptoms
  • To keep the diet as varied as possible
  • To support anti-inflammatory processes along the gut lining

SIBO Diet

As SIBO is often the underlying cause of IBS a low FODMAP diet can also be helpful here.  It’s also possible that food reactions may extend beyond FODMAP-containing foods.

With reactions to histamine-containing foods as well as carbohydrates such as resistant starches not uncommon.

Removing groups of food can often feel tempting to manage symptoms, however, keeping the diet as varied as possible, even while on a more restricted phase of a diet, will continue to support the bacterial balance in the digestive system.

SIBO Symptoms
  • Bloating quickly after eating
  • Cramping/abdominal pain
  • Increasing food reactions
  • Diarrhoea/ Constipation
  • Brain fog
Dietary Aims
  • To remove problematic food to help manage symptoms
  • To keep the diet as varied as possible
  • To support anti-inflammatory processes along the gut lining

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Diets

Diet has been researched and shown to help to reduce disease activity in inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis) as well as helping patients maintain remission.

The aims of this approach are to work to reduce inflammation along the gut wall, to support the growth of key friendly bacteria to balance the gut microbiome and to remove any foods that trigger or exacerbate symptoms.

The dietary approach to IBD is based on the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) and offers a 3-phase protocol.  Each phase can be used depending on disease activity.

The 3 phases:
  • Phase 1: During a flare where symptoms are prominent
  • Phase 2: Used where symptoms are intermittent
  • Phase 3: For when the condition is in remission for maintenance
Dietary Aims
  • Support the beneficial bacteria
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Support the gut lining
  • Correct nutrient defieciencies

Other Dietary Approaches

As research develops we understand how much of a role the digestive system and the beneficial bacteria play.  Not only in the way we digest food, but in our overall health. The gut is the root of health.

Focusing on supporting the gut bacteria and the gut lining can improve other conditions, even when no digestive symptoms are present.

Specific dietary options are used to focus on nourishing and optimising the gut microbiome.  This can have systemic effects, influencing our overall wellbeing

Conditions Include:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Autoimmunity
  • Skin issues
  • Other
Dietary Aims
  • Support the beneficial bacteria
  • Increase SCFA production
  • Reduce problematic foods
  • Support the gut lining
  • Reduce inflammation
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The Role of Diet

Healing Foods

Specific groups of foods may be more healing than others. Paying attention to these can support the treatment process.

Restricted Foods

Restricted diets can be used in the short term to help improve symptoms. By the end of the treatment process, the aim is for the diet to be as varied and stress-free as possible.

Maintenance Foods

Following the improvement of symptoms, a maintenance program is created to support the gut long-term.

Food is more than just calories

Food serves many roles in our lives and when it comes to digestive health it is key. Vitamins, minerals, plant fibres and polyphenols all help to support and balance the digestive system.

However, if you’re living with digestive symptoms, it can be tempting to try and find the perfect restricted diet to keep symptoms at bay. This often means that this restricted diet has to be followed forever.

Instead of this, there is another way. To address the underlying imbalance in the gut so a restricted diet doesn’t need to be followed.

Areas of Expertise

IBS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
SIBO
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
IBD
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Other Conditions
Eg. Heartburn, constipation and anxiety

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