Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Low FODMAP Diet

Diet Advice for Irritiable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be unpredictable and debilitating, with symptoms including gas, bloating, cramping, and constipation or diarrhoea – or altering between the two. While no one knows what causes IBS and there is currently no known cure, the good news is it can be well managed with a low FODMAP diet. Joanna and Marnie are here to help you get off the IBS rollercoaster and rediscover the joy of eating.

There are many conditions which cause similar symptoms to IBS, including Coeliac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and Colitis) and even some cancers. It is essential to rule these out and investigate any “red flags” with your doctor before exploring dietary modifications such as an Irritable Bowel Syndrome diet. Once you have been given the all clear, Everyday Nutrition can help you enjoy a better quality of life with qualified diet advice for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Melbourne.

What are FODMAPS?

FODMAP is an acronym (Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols) for four groups of short chain carbohydrate, or sugar molecules found naturally a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and milk products. These carbohydrates are believed to have strong connections to symptoms commonly experienced by people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (e.g. excessive wind, bloating, stomach cramps, constipation and diarrhoea).

When we eat, food passes from the mouth down the oesophagus to the stomach. In the stomach, food is mixed and broken down before being slowly released into the small intestine. Enzymes in the small intestine continue to break food down to single molecules so that it can be absorbed across the wall of the small intestine into the blood stream. Any part of food that isn’t broken down or absorbed in the small intestine will continue down the gastro-intestinal tract and pass into the large intestine for elimination.

There are two processes that can occur during this progression that may trigger symptoms in certain people, including bloating, cramping, wind, constipation or diarrhoea:

  1. Certain FODMAPs are highly osmotic and readily draw water into the small and large intestine. This can affect how fast the bowel moves and cause diarrhoea.
  2. When FODMAPs reach the large intestine, they are fermented by the bacteria that naturally live there, and just like when beer is fermented, this process creates gas and bubbles. For the individual, this results in abdominal distention, bloating and cramping.

If you are seeking qualified dietary advice for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Melbourne, speak to a FODMAP specialist about developing an Irritable Bowel Syndrome diet that works for you.