Wellthy Clinic IBS Nutritionist London

Looking for an IBS Specialist Nutritionist in London? At Wellthy Clinic we offer a range of services (Nutritionist, Osteopathy in London and Central London Pilates) to provide a complete natural treatment plan to reduce your IBS symptoms. In the below article we will discuss how this is a complex condition and therefore you need to address much more than just your diet to reduce your symptoms.

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

It is a group of symptoms which includes abdominal pain and changes in your bowel habits. It is a diagnosis by exclusion as there are no structural or pathological abnormalities with your digestive tract but yet you are still experiencing symptoms. Typically it affects more women than men (2:1) and affects people between the ages of 20 and 30 years. Prevalence in the general population is estimated to be between 10% and 20%. Recent trends indicate that there is also a significant prevalence of IBS in older people (NICE 2017). There are 3 main types of IBS; constipation dominant, diarrhoea dominant and mixed (both diarrhoea and constipation).      

What Does IBS Pain Feels Like?

Typically you will experience bloating, abdominal pain and/or irregular bowel movements either constipation or diarrhoea or a mixture of both. Moreover you may also experience flatulence, vomiting and nausea. Dehydration, weight loss and mucus in your stools are more severe symptoms. Also poor sleep patterns, stress, menstrual difficulties, headaches and low back pain.

Constipation Type Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A person should ideally have 2 bowel habits per day of a good consistency that are easy to pass. A constipated person will typically experience hard painful stools or soft and bulky which are difficult to pass. In severe cases you could experience ulceration of the colon or obstruction in your intestines. Moreover could experience haemorrhoids, anal fissures or rectal prolapse. Causes include insufficient fibre or fluid intake, decreased liver or bile function, side effects of medications, anxiety and lack of exercise. A good diet can help relieve anxiety.           

Diarrhoea Type IBS

Typically you can experience frequent passage of loose and watery stools. Other symptoms include abdominal discomfort, cramping or pain, flatulence and/ or bloating, vomiting or nausea. In severe cases you can loss weight and become severely dehydrated. Causes include laxative abuse, antibiotics, excessive alcohol or caffeine intake. Further causes are infectious, parasitic or inflammatory diseases or failure of your gastrointestinal tract (GIT) to absorb nutrients.

What Foods Trigger It?

The foods that most commonly trigger symptoms are dairy, onions, wheat and chocolate. Also caffeine (tea or coffee), eggs, nuts and citrus fruits can be difficult. Furthermore rye, potatoes, barley, oats and corn are not advised.

How do you Relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Diets which are high in processed foods that contain too much sugar, salt and trans-fats are not advised. Foods are high in refined sugar make your blood sugar levels rise rapidly which can slows down your digestion. Moreover reduce your stress levels especially when eating. As stress slows down gastric secretions and motility in the gut which is not beneficial for people with IBS.

What Are The Treatments To Help?

Our approach would involve reviewing your diet (specifically your unique metabolic needs), lifestyle, family history and environmental influences. We would look at potential triggers to identify clues to understand why you are experiencing your symptoms. Furthermore suggest food and lifestyle alternatives which will better support your digestion and recovery. Correct any imbalances with your gut bacteria. Furthermore repair your intestinal lining to support your immune system and reduce inflammatory processes. We would look to rebalance your nutrition, sleep, stress levels and exercise to give your body the best chance of long term recovery.            

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Can a Nutritionist Help?

Yes it is first important to understand what is causing your symptoms so we can address the cause of the problem (not just suppress the symptoms). This way we can work together to give you a long term strategy in how best to reduce your symptoms. We take a holistic and specific approach by addressing your diet, maybe using supplements and looking at lifestyle factors which can contribute to your symptoms. Everyone is different and so are their digestive functions, therefore also their ability to absorb nutrients. This is a complex condition which requires a individualised plan to give the best results. With a bespoke natural nutrition plan the body will quickly begin to heal and repair itself. Small gradual changes will make a big difference to reduce your symptoms and improve your overall health and well being.

Can Pilates Help to Reduce The Symptoms?

Low to moderate exercise is really important for digestive health. It is suggested to enhance your anti-inflammatory and antioxidant parameters which reduce your symptoms (Hajizadeh 2018). Another questionnaire study found similar results assessing 4,700 adults with symptoms and physical activity which suggested less active people were more likely to have IBS than those who were physically active. More intense exercise is generally discouraged as the body is under enough stress already with irregular bowel habits. Therefore Pilates is a great form of low impact exercise focussed on meaningful movement, muscular stretching and strengthening.

Pilates has many benefits as it helps to concentrate on the mind body connection through challenging but calming exercises. Moreover Pilates improves your mood as when you exercise endorphins will be released. This will create a positive feeling in the body. Consequently you will leave sessions feeling less stressed and energised.

Therefore Pilates classes are a great exercise to include as part of your IBS reduction plan. Interested? Book a Pilates consultation now.

Can Osteopathy Help Reduce The symptoms?

According to three seperate small studies Osteopathy was found to improve the severity of IBS symptoms and its impact on quality of life (Florance et al 2012). Participants treated by Osteopaths experienced less IBS symptoms and a higher of quality of life (Hundschield et al 2007). Piche et al (2014) also suggested 3 sessions of Osteopathy reduced the severity of IBS symptoms (severity of abdominal pains) for people with chrons disease who were in remission. Therefore Osteopathy was suggested to be a promising alternative in the treatment of patients with IBS.

IBS Nutritionist London

At Wellthy Clinic we offer Nutritionist, Osteopathy and Pilates sessions as an integrative approach to help reduce your symptoms. We offer a 15 minute free nutritionist consultation to discuss your symptoms and answer any questions you may have. So please email hello@wellthyclinic.com to arrange an appointment.

Irritable  Bowel Syndrome Nutritionist London References

Florance et al (2012) Osteopathy Improves the Severity of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Pilot Randomized Sham-Controlled Study European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22546751/  

Hajizadeh et al (2018) Low-to-moderate intensity aerobic exercise training modulates irritable bowel syndrome through antioxidative and inflammatory mechanisms in women: Results of a randomized controlled trial Cytokine 102 pp. 18-25 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1043466617303873?via%3Dihub

Hundschield et al (2007) Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Osteopathy: Results of a Randomized Controlled Pilot Study Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17716344/

Piche et al (2014) Osteopathy Decreases the Severity of IBS-like Symptoms Associated With Crohn’s Disease in Patients in Remission European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25357218/

National Institute for Clincial care and evidence (2017) Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: diagnosis and management https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg61/chapter/Introduction

Sadeghian et al (2018) Physical activity in relation to irritable bowel syndrome among Iranian adults PLOS ONE https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0205806

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Common Questions

What is IBS

IBS is an acronym for Irritable Bowl Syndrome

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

IBS is a group of symptoms which includes abdominal pain and changes in your bowel habits. It is a diagnosis by exclusion as there are no structural or pathological abnormalities with your digestive tract but yet you are still experiencing symptoms.

Is there different types of irritable bowl syndrome IBS

Yes there are many types of, such as Constipation Type IBS, Diarrhoea Type IBS. It effects each person in a different way.

Can a nutritionist help with IBS

Yes a registered nutritionist can help you manage your symptoms  with a diet specifically designed for you and your needs.

Why does IBS just flare up

There is no definitive answer at the moment. However it is associated with, stress, poor sleep patterns and food. The foods that most commonly trigger IBS symptoms are dairy, onions, wheat and chocolate. Also caffeine (tea or coffee), eggs, nuts and citrus fruits can be difficult. Furthermore rye, potatoes, barley, oats and corn are not advised.

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