Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a long-term condition that affects the functioning of the bowel, where the bowel becomes sensitive and causes bloating and pain. Irritable bowel syndrome is a common condition, but is usually more commonly found in women.

The condition may occur at any age, but symptoms usually occur before the age of 40 years. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, passing of wind, recurring episodes of constipation and diarrhoea, bloating, nausea, and mucus in the stools.

Symptoms are similar to those of other gastrointestinal conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, lactose intolerance, or coeliac disease. Therefore, proper diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome should be consulted with your doctor.


Nutritional strategies will be developed to help you manage your irritable bowel syndrome, identify specific foods in your diet that are causing discomfort, help minimise symptoms and reduce pain. Diet requirements vary depending on the severity of the condition, therefore a multi-phase approach to diet progression will be undertaken. During the assessment, an in depth analysis will be conducted, with a focus on your weight, blood test results, and diet history. An individualised plan will be developed, taking into account your lifestyle, culture and eating habits to ensure achievable goals.


Bowel Conditions – The Gut Foundation
Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Jean Hailes


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