IBS sufferers often find dietary modifications helpful in alleviating symptoms. IBS Clinics begins dietary changes gradually with small, sustainable changes which are easy to implement and maintain. Such simple measures include: avoiding refined carbohydrates, Avoiding Trans and Hydrogenated fats (fried foods), minimizing saturated fats, processed meats and reducing alcohol intake. Avoidance of wheat and dairy is also recommended as many people are intolerant to these foods and are often unaware.
There is good research to support the use of IgG food sensitivity testing in cases of IBS. IBS Clinics offers food sensitivity testing as standard with the results of the sensitivity test being then used to form the basis of an elimination diet. Often re-introduction of these foods after a period of abstinence is possible so avoidance of identified problem foods for life is not necessary.
Paleolithic/Stone Age Diets
IBS Clinics has been using Paleolithic and Stone Age Diets for some time, these diets are essentially moderately low carbohydrate diets with an emphasis on eating foods as nature intended. These diets naturally ensure high levels of fibre, phytochemicals, good quality animal protein and slow release carbohydrates and can be very beneficial for some people.
Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diets
If bacterial overgrowth is found in the small intestine, or other dietary measures have proved only partially effective then an SCD or GAPs diet is often suggested. These diets restrict the amount of fermentable carbohydrate available to bacteria in the gut and over time promote the population of the gut by beneficial flora. Both diets have been widely critically acclaimed to provide relief to Sufferers of IBS, SIBO and inflammatory Bowel diseases. IBS Clinics are fully conversant with these diets and are able to provide clear advice, recipes, meal suggestions and inspiration to ensure good compliance is achieved.
The FODMAPS Approach
FODMAPS is an acronym and it stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols which are all types of sugars and starches which are fermentable by gut flora. Championed by an Australian dietician, Jacqueline S Barrett this diet is proving very useful in helping to determine which types of carbohydrate are not tolerated by an individual. A period of exclusion of all FODMAPS before a careful re-introduction of each type of carbohydrate in turn can results in significant relief for some people. FODMAPS is an approach offered by IBS Clinics.
All dietary approaches and recommendations are covered routinely in IBS Clinics consultations.