Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) refers to a disorder that involves abdominal pain and bloating, as well as changes in bowel movements. It affects around 1 in 5 Australians. Irritable bowel syndrome must always be diagnosed by a medical doctor such as your GP or specialist. It is important not to self-diagnose, because IBS symptoms can overlap with serious medical conditions that should always be tested for and then ruled out. If you have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and are unsure what your food triggers are, you could benefit from seeing a dietitian. The dietitians at Nutrition Wisdom have completed the Monash FODMAP certification course and can help guide you through the elimination diet process to find the foods that are causing you discomfort. IBS symptoms can include:

IBS symptoms can include:

Constipation and/or diarrhoea.

Bloating.

Excessive wind.

Abdominal pain or cramping.

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is caused by an immune reaction to gluten which is a protein found the grains: wheat barley and rye. The immune reaction causes inflammation which damages the cells that line the small bowel. Coeliac disease can only be diagnosed by a medical doctor. The tests include a blood test followed by a biopsy of the small bowel. The current treatment for coeliac disease is the complete avoidance of gluten containing protein in the diet. If you have been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, a dietitian can help you to modify your diet to ensure that you are meeting all of your nutrient requirements while avoiding gluten. Symptoms of coeliac disease include:

Symptoms of coeliac disease include:

Mouth ulcers.

Fatigue.

Bloating and/or cramps.

Diarrhoea.

Anaemia.

Osteoporosis.

Unusual skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis).

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition where bacteria that normally live and grow in the large bowel (colon) migrate up into the small intestine. When certain foods (carbohydrates) then pass through the small intestine, these bacteria ferment them and produce by-products including hydrogen and methane gases.

Symptoms of SIBO can include:

Weight loss.

Bloating and/or wind.

Bloating and/or cramps.

Diarrhoea.

Dietitians at Nutrition Wisdom can guide you through the SIBO breath test process and help you with any dietary changes that are needed for the treatment and prevention of SIBO.

Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is an umbrella term often referring to Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Nutrition can play an important role in reducing symptoms experienced with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

The dietitians at Nutrition Wisdom can work with you to find any potential food triggers and plan a diet that works for you.

We use the IBD-AID protocol as well as the Monash low FODMAP diet in the management of Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis and diverticulosis refers to pocketing and inflammation in large bowel. A dietitian can help you manage the symptoms you may be experiencing during a flare up. We can also assist with high and low fibre diets and reducing inflammation.

Constipation

Sometimes people find it awkward to talk about their bowel health. People can become constipated for many reasons such as medications they are taking, the amount of fluid and fibre in their diet, as well as their gut bacteria profile. At Nutrition Wisdom, we can provide you with solutions to help manage constipation.

Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is very common and our chances of developing it increase as we get older. If you suspect you might be lactose intolerant, you may be experiencing, bloating, excess wind and loose bowels. Our dietitians can help you modify your diet so that it is low lactose and provide you with tailored support (shopping lists, meal guides) to help manage your symptoms.
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