What Is IBS?
Irritable Bowel syndrome can be a debilitating condition and is reported to affect up to 15% of the UK population. The cause of IBS is not fully understood, but the symptoms can affect peoples quality of life.
Typical symptoms are abdominal pain, bloating, wind, diarrhoea, constipation, reflux, heartburn, abdominal gurgling and generalised tiredness. If this is you I can help!!
The majority of our clients come to us frustrated with their symptoms. They have real functional symptoms that can be debilitating that affect many areas of their lives from relationships to jobs to socialising. Other clients may attend after avoiding many foods groups for years due to their on-going gut symptoms again with no success.
Avoiding foods is common practice, however this can lead to depletion of essential macro nutrients, vitamins and minerals if you do not have a safe structured programme of re-introduction.
Eliminating long term can leave you feeling lethargic and low and at risk of other medical conditions. In addition to this, medications that you may be taking to assist you ie for acid reflux – when taken long term, will rob you further of essential micro-nutrients – a vicious cycle is created.
At Lesley Reid Nutritional Health we understand these frustrations and are here to listen, advise and support you with your gut symptoms.
We start by reviewing you and your lifestyle, by:
- Assessing stress levels
- Looking at your pattern of eating
- Reviewing hydration and level of intake
- Access types, amount of fibre consumed
- Looking at your work life balance
- Reviewing your current diet and suspected triggers
- Accessing food choices
If more than this is needed we will then look at:
- Single eliminations
- Prebiotics and Probiotics
- Low FODMAP Diet (See what are FODMAPS)
All the time keeping you at the centre of the support and treatment offered