Something that we have been seeing more of in our clinic of late is the presentation of patients that are suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition that includes symptoms such as bloating, wind, reflux, stomach cramps, and diarrhoea and/or constipation. It may effect up to 1 in 7 people.
Needless to say, these symptoms can range from frustrating to debilitating. One of the options that is offered for treatment of IBS is a Low FODMAP diet – which has been shown in studies to improve these symptoms by up to 75%.
FODMAP stands for “Fermentable Oligo, Di, Monosaccharides And Polyols” which are all types of carbohydrates that cause symptoms in some people when they are poorly digested. Interestingly, finding out if we are sensitive to these foods – and then using them in smaller amounts – can dramatically improve symptoms.
If you think this may be you, or would like to discuss further, please call for an appointment with our Dietitian on (02) 4963 2323