Nutrition for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
At Nutrition and Co., we offer expert IBS nutrition services from specialist ibs dietitians. We understand the importance of nutrition for gut health and are here to help you take control of your IBS symptoms. Let us help you on your journey to a healthier and happier you.
We offer medical nutrition therapy for managing IBS symptoms by identifying your common trigger foods. We are also certified to do the Low FODMAP diet for IBS.
1. Initial consultation
The initial consultation in a dietetic session is 60 minutes as is a pivotal meeting where the dietitian gathers vital information about the client's health, lifestyle, and dietary habits. It involves a thorough assessment of medical history, dietary preferences, and specific goals. The dietitian and client work together to set achievable objectives, fostering a trusting and supportive environment. This crucial step enables the dietitian to develop a personalized nutrition plan tailored to the client's unique needs and aspirations, leading to a successful and effective journey towards improved IBS symptoms.
3. Follow up to discuss the plan
2-7 days after the initial consultation, the comprehensive nutrition plan is discussed with the client and questions are answered.
2. 'The Nutrition Plan' is created
The comprehensive nutrition plan, crafted after the initial consultation, encompasses a holistic approach to optimal health.For IBS, this may entail trialling the low FODMAP diet. The meal plan incorporates balanced and personalized dietary recommendations, catering to the client's preferences and health requirements. Supplement advice is tailored to fill any nutritional gaps and enhance overall well-being. Moreover, individualized advice addresses specific concerns identified during the consultation, empowering the client to make sustainable lifestyle changes. This synergistic combination of meal planning, supplement guidance, and personalized advice ensures a tailored approach to the client's unique needs, fostering positive health outcomes and a nourished lifestyle.
4. Fortnightly follow ups
The follow-up appointments is an essential review session where the client and nutritionist discuss progress and challenges since implementing the tailored nutrition plan. It provides an opportunity to address any concerns, make necessary adjustments, and celebrate successes, ensuring continued support and motivation towards achieving health and wellness goals.
£65 per session
£190 for 3 sessions
£380 for 6 sessions
*Payment plans are available*
What is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects the functioning of the large intestine (colon). It's characterized by a group of symptoms, including abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or alternating between the two. IBS is a chronic condition, meaning it persists over time, but its severity can vary widely from person to person.
Symptoms of IBS:
The symptoms of IBS can be diverse and may include:
Abdominal Pain and Discomfort: This can range from mild to severe and is often relieved after a bowel movement.
Bloating and Gas: Excess gas and bloating can contribute to discomfort and changes in the abdomen's appearance.
Altered Bowel Habits: IBS can cause changes in bowel movements, including diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both.
Mucus in Stool: Some individuals with IBS may notice increased mucus in their stool.
Urgency: A sense of urgency to have a bowel movement may be experienced, especially in cases of IBS with diarrhea.
Feeling of Incomplete Evacuation: A sensation that a bowel movement was not fully completed.
Triggered by Food or Stress: Symptoms may be aggravated by certain foods, stress, or other triggers.
How Can an IBS Specialist Dietitian Help?
Working with an IBS specialist dietitian can provide valuable guidance and support for managing your IBS symptoms through personalized dietary changes. Here's how they can help:
Personalized Diet Plan: An IBS specialist dietitian will work closely with you to develop a personalized diet plan tailored to your specific symptoms, triggers, and needs. This plan will be based on the Low FODMAP diet and other dietary approaches that have been shown to help manage IBS symptoms.
Low FODMAP Diet Guidance: The dietitian will guide you through the Low FODMAP diet, helping you identify which high-FODMAP foods to avoid and which low-FODMAP alternatives are suitable for you. They will also help you navigate the elimination and reintroduction phases of the diet to pinpoint your trigger foods.
Nutrient Adequacy: It's important to ensure that your diet remains balanced and nutrient-rich despite the restrictions. An IBS specialist dietitian can help you choose nutrient-dense, low-FODMAP foods that meet your nutritional needs.
Individualized Strategies: IBS is highly individual, and what triggers symptoms for one person might not affect another in the same way. A dietitian can help you identify your personal triggers and develop strategies to manage them.
Meal Planning and Recipes: The dietitian can assist you in creating meal plans and recipes that align with your dietary restrictions and preferences. This can make sticking to your diet plan more enjoyable and sustainable.
Addressing Emotional Factors: Stress and anxiety can exacerbate IBS symptoms. A dietitian can provide strategies for managing stress and promoting emotional well-being, which can contribute to symptom relief.
Ongoing Support: Managing IBS is a journey, and it's not uncommon to face challenges along the way. An IBS specialist dietitian can provide ongoing support, answer your questions, and adjust your plan as needed.