Irritable bowel syndrome (or IBS) is an incredibly common condition, believed to affect up to one in five people at some point during their life. Symptoms of IBS can include constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and stomach cramps, to name just a few. For some people, symptoms can be infrequent and mild. For others they can be consistent and debilitating.
There are a number of potential causes of IBS including food sensitivities, stress, nutritional deficiencies, and intestinal dysbiosis (a microbial imbalance in the gut), to name just a few.
Assessing the root cause of your IBS is important in order to understand the best way to overcome the problem. As well as analysing a detailed case history to determine potential triggers, tests can be carried out to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying cause. Treatment of IBS might include dietary alterations, nutritional supplementation, or addressing stress levels. In some cases, exercise can also help improve the symptoms of IBS.
Each person is different and the cause of IBS can vary from one individual to the next. I work with clients to evaluate the root cause of IBS and implement a plan to overcome the symptoms through nutrition, diet and lifestyle changes.