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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Welcome to the world of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders worldwide affecting as many as 1 in 5 adults in Australia. People with IBS do not have any anatomic defect instead they appear to have highly sensitive bowels. The cause of IBS is unclear however lifestyle factors such as stress and diet can worsen symptoms.
There is no cure for IBS and treatment is focused on symptom management. Treatment modalities include dietary changes, psychological therapies and medications.
There is now convincing evidence that the Low FODMAP diet can help approximately 70% of people with IBS find symptom relief.
It could be that you are sensitive to certain poorly absorbed carbohydrates called FODMAPS which tend to produce only stomach and bowel symptoms. FODMAPs include foods that contain fructose (fruit, honey), lactose (dairy), sorbitol (artificial sweeteners), mannitol (mushrooms), fructans (wheat, onions) and
The Low Fodmap elimination diet is a protocol to identify which foods are problematic. This process is complex and I will work with you to:
Tailor the elimination diet to your unique needs
Investigate what foods are causing you digestive upset
Educate you on how your digestion system works, what can go wrong and how you can start to heal it
As a certified Monash Fodmap Dietitian I have guided many people through this protocol in a way that does not compromise their health and have witnessed tremendous results.
Endometriosis is a common condition affecting 1 in 9 women globally. Unfortunately, there is no known cure, however, nutrition and lifestyle practices play a significant role in slowing down the growth of endometriosis lesions.
In my practice I use an integrative approach to endometriosis which considers the whole person and how diet, lifestyle, sleep, stress and movement contribute to ill health. We will work together to optimise your digestive, immune and endocrine system to address the root causes of endometriosis.
There is a significant overlap between endometriosis and IBS symptoms and clinical evidence that the use of the Low Fodmap Diet can help relieve IBS symptoms in women with endometriosis.
A 2017 Monash University study found that the Low Fodmap diet improved IBS symptoms in 72% of women with both Endometriosis and IBS.
In my framework we will work to :
Improve gut health
Reduce oestrogen dominance
Balance blood sugars