Disorder In The Gut

My passion for nutritional studies has inevitably piqued my interest in digestive health. This is relevant because bloating and abdominal distention have a major effect on physical appearance and digestive upset greatly impacts quality of life. Often people live in silence when it comes to digestive issues because it can be a bit embarrassing. However, it is more common than you might think. I discuss digestion with all of my clients because, for better or worse, we are all dealing with it.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has come up numerous times with various clients. If you are not familiar with IBS, it is a functional bowel disorder characterized by chronic relapsing symptoms of bloating, abdominal distention, flatulence, abdominal pain, and altered bowel habits (ranging from diarrhea to constipation). Typically, people with IBS have suffered with symptoms for years, causing missed days at work or school, loss of income, reduced social interactions, fear of eating out or being too far from a toilet, and compromised quality of life.

I was surprised to learn that IBS affects 1 in 7 people. In my quest to expand my knowledge and help people, I sought out the most current and credible therapies available. I discovered Monash University's  groundbreaking Low FODMAP Diet certification course, promptly enrolled and didn't come up for air until I graduated. Now I am a certified  Low FODMAP Nutritionist. The Low FODMAP Diet was specifically created to help those suffering with irritable bowel syndrome and has been shown to provide long term symptom relief in 75% of people with IBS. 

FODMAP is an acronym that describes short-chain carbohydrates which are poorly digested by humans (Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols). Many foods that we normally consider to be healthy, such as apple, pear, onion, garlic, asparagus, legumes, and cashews can trigger unpleasant symptoms in those with IBS. The Low FODMAP Diet removes high FODMAP foods for 2-6 weeks and then systematically reintroduces each subgroup to discover which specific FODMAP(s) are causing symptoms. The end goal is to achieve symptom relief while liberalizing the diet to be as expansive as possible.  

To learn more about how the Low FODMAP Diet can help you, contact me for a complimentary consultation.