If you have been diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) the first thing you’ve probably been looking towards is what you eat. Is it the coffee? The onions? The curry? Truth be told, banning certain foods can be very helpful in managing your symptoms. But what if you clean up your diet more and more and are still experiencing symptoms? Or the food seems to be a problem one day and is fine the next? Then it’s time to ask yourself: Is food the only culprit causing my IBS?
It’s not just the foods…
When you experience problems with your digestion the first thing that comes to mind is to find out which foods are causing it. Following a diet like the Anti Inflammatory Diet, the Low FODMAP or Low Fermentation diet or the GAPS diet can be helpful: if it works for you, you get more information about what is causing you problems. You probably feel better but these diets are restrictive and hard to stick with in social situations like parties and birthdays. Plus you may become sensitive to more foods!
You don’t want to be too restricted in what you can eat. You can develop deficiencies, it will affect your microbiome, you can feel deprived and it’s not a real solution. So you need to move from there and get a sense of your personal underlying causes.
For IBS that can look like:
- Not chewing well – don’t poo poo this one!
- Structural changes in your tummy after an operation
- An imbalance in your microbiome
- A nasty bacteria, parasite or pathogen in your gut
- You don’t break down your food properly so it ends up half digested and starts to cause problems
- A yeast overgrowth
- SIBO – small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
- And more…
So what to do when you have IBS:
- Try out some basic steps that could actually turn everything around! Take time to eat, make sure you chew well and you’re relaxed when you eat.
- A good next step is to follow a whole food and anti-inflammatory diet and see how you do now. I can support you here so you know exactly how to do it!
- Next step: follow a special gut centered diet like low FODMAP, Low Fermentation or GAPS. Try one of them out and see if you feel better. 2-3 weeks is often enough to get a sense if you follow them strictly.
- Essential: if you do well on one of these diets, don’t stay on them but start reintroducing foods one by one!
- And if you don’t get any improvements, are confused or find it hard to stick to a diet, find some support
- Ask me a question or book a call with me here and I can help you to get a clear roadmap out of your gut misery and confusion!