Gut health

Food and your digestive system

Everyone needs to eat food.  For many people, food also brings on pain and digestive issues. Some of the reasons can be due to issues such as chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, or coeliac disease.  We are here to help you optimise your diet to help alleviate your gastrointestinal issues.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS as it’s commonly known, is a complex and multi-factorial issue affecting gastrointestinal tract.  It can cause symptoms such as bloating, pain, loose stools (diarrhoea), hard to pass or infrequent stools (constipation) or a mixture of everything in between.  Patients should consult with their GP or family doctor and may be referred onto a gastroenterologist for a formal diagnosis.  IBS can be affected by diet, sleep, exercise, stress and hormones.  We can work with you to make changes to your diet and life style to help you manage your IBS symptoms.

Low FODMAP Diet

A low FODMAP diet is a short term diagnostic diet which can be beneficial for people who experience IBS.  There is an overlap between women with IBS and endometriosis and the evidence is emerging that a low FODMAP diet can help some of the gastrointestinal symptoms in these women too.  A low FODMAP diet is not intended for the long term, and patients should have a Dietitian with knowledge in this area to support then with the various steps of the low FODMAP diet.  We can provide support and guide adults or children through each of the three phases of the Monash low FODMAP diet.

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac Disease is where the lining of the small bowel (the villi, or finger like projections) are damaged by the gluten found in foods.  Common symptoms include bloating, diarrhoea, weight loss and iron deficiency.  The common pathway to diagnosis is for a patient to see their GP or family doctor who may refer onto a gastroenterologist for an gastroscopy.  On diagnosis of Coeliac Disease, the patient needs to commence a life long gluten free diet.  It can be incredibly daunting for any newly diagnosed patient (or family member) to find their way around the supermarket and figure out what they can and can’t eat. We can support you to have a well balanced gluten free diet for managing Coeliac disease.  We can also work with you to learn about, label reading minimising gluten cross – contamination, and address any other underlying nutritional concerns such as faltering growth, low iron stores, or poor bone mineral density.

Constipation

Constipation is when bowel motions (or ‘poos’) are firm or hard to pass.  It can be common for children to develop constipation during their toddler and pre-schooler years as they develop more independence with their food and fluid intake.  Adults also experience constipation, it may be a long standing issue, or related to pregnancy, dietary changes such as adopting a new fad diet, or a flare up in conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome – constipation predominant. Common causes include, a sedentary lifestyle, a low fibre diet, inadequate fruit of vegetable intake, and not drinking enough water.  Remedies can include dietary changes, and we can work with you to assess your diet to prevent or to treat constipation and make toileting easier for you or your child.

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