Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is described as a long-term condition of the digestive system. Theories suggest IBS is caused by gut-brain axis problems (faulty signaling between the gut and the nervous system) small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, genetic factors, food sensitivity, and gut motility problems. IBS can be triggered by a gut infection or a stressful life event. IBS is a functional gastrointestinal disorder. Diagnosis is based on signs and symptoms once other digestive conditions have been ruled out.

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Stomach cramp
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Nausea

Dietician treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Proper nutrition can help improve IBS symptoms. Dietary choices such as increasing fiber, inclusion of probiotics, and eating gluten free as a possible first line of approach is invaluable to control IBS. The FOD MAP’s Diet (Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Di-sacharides, Mono-saccharides and Polys) has yielded a 75% success rate in IBS patients that our dietitian has seen in practice. Our dietitian will help you integrate good food choices into your life, explain the FODMAP Diet, and create a plan of action to minimize IBS symptoms.