Specialized dietitian has an interest in the role of food in improving your gut health. They are very helpful for a number of digestive conditions:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Your dietitian can help you identify possible food triggers for your gut symptoms.
For those with persistent and troublesome symptoms, Modifying FODMAP intake is a highly effective approach for irritable bowel syndrome and other functional bowel disorders (bloating, wind, pain). This approach can help give people control over their symptoms rather than the symptoms controlling them.
FODMAP is an acronym for the group of sugars that are poorly absorbed by our digestive tracts:
Oligo-saccharides (fructans and galacto oligosaccharides/ GOS)
Di-saccharides (lactose – milk sugar)
Mono-saccharides (excess fructose)
Polyols (eg sorbitol, mannitol)
FODMAPs can be poorly absorbed in the gut and are then fermented by our gut bacteria to produce gas, and cause more water to pass through the bowel. In people with IBS this can trigger symptoms such as bloating, pain, and diarrhoea.
The low FODMAP diet can seem quite complex and confusing, therefore advice is best provided by a dietitian who has received training in this area and can easily explain the diet. They can also ensure that your diet is nutritionally balanced.
The first phase is the low FODMAP diet which restricts these sugars for 2-6 weeks. The second phase is to re-challenge with some of the high FODMAP foods. Once you have identified the major triggers the third phase is to move to a long term modified FODMAP diet which allows symptom control.
Two or three appointments are usually required to complete this process.
Coeliac disease is an auto-immune condition caused by a reaction to gluten found in wheat, rye and barley. Damage to the bowel lining occurs and the body can’t absorb nutrients from food properly. The only treatment is a careful gluten free diet. Your dietitian can help you to make the necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle whilst making sure your diet is nutritionally adequate.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
You may have questions about what diet is best for IBD. Your dietitian can help to identify potential triggers and at the same time ensure your diet is balanced and will help your gut heal.
Your dietitian can help you to optimise the balance of your diet to improve fatty liver.
Being overweight can result in excess fat being stored in the liver, achieving a healthy weight and being active regularly can help.
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