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Diarrhoea caused by IBS or a food intolerance can be managed well by modifying your diet to reduce trigger foods, such as lactose, fructose, sorbitol, caffeine, spicy food and other common food triggers.
Hydration levels, fibre intake (and forms of fibre eaten), meal portions, timing of meals, activity levels, food intolerances, SIBO and even toileting positioning can impact bowel habits. If one or more of these is off it may lead to constipation.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease is the name of a group of conditions, including Crohn’s Disease and Colitis. Nutrition is an important component of IBD management, from foods to eat to recover during an acute flare up as well as the best dietary approach to keep you well in remission.
SIBO occurs when bacteria that normally reside in the large intestine, migrate into the small intestine.
Symptoms: abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, reflux, weight loss, fatigue, nutritional deficiencies.
Acid reflux or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) occurs when acidic stomach acid moves back up from the stomach into the oesophagus (food pipe) and can contribute to heartburn. Certain foods can worsen reflux, however dietary triggers vary between individuals.
Coeliac disease is not an allergy or an intolerance. It’s an autoimmune disorder where the immune system reacts abnormally to dietary gluten, results in damage to the small intestine. Coeliac disease affects 1.5% of Australians, however around 80% are undiagnosed. A strict gluten free diet is the only way to treat and manage the condition.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Is a functional gut disorder involving symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating, altered bowel habits, diarrhoea and/or constipation.
IBS can be managed incredibly well with a diet and lifestyle plan.
Lactose is the sugar found in milk and many diary products.
Lactose intolerance is a condition which is associated with a decreased expression or activity of the lactase enzyme, affecting 10-20% of the population.
Fructose is one of the FODMAP sugars which can contribute to bloating, stomach pain and altered bowel habits for those with fructose malabsorption or IBS.
FODMAPs are short chain carbohydrates found in many foods. They include fructose, lactose, sorbitol, mannitol, fructans and galacto-oligosaccharides. If you have IBS, these FODMAPs may be triggering uncomfortable symptoms. The Low FODMAP Diet is dietary protocol which has been scientifically proven to help manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms in 75% of people with IBS.
Women aren’t just small men, they have their own unique bodily system which changes regularly. A woman’s dietary and lifestyle needs change regularly too- and these needs are individual to all women. Conditions that affect women’s health such as PCOS, endometriosis, amenorrhoea and menopause can all be influenced and improved with nutrition therapy.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal condition, which affects around 1 in 10 women of reproductive age. The symptoms of PCOS include irregular menstrual cycles, excess hair growth, acne and weight fluctations. Insulin resistance is very common in women with PCOS.
Endometriosis affects 10-15% of women of reproductive age. It is a condition where tissue that lines the uterus overgrown into other areas of the body, such as the bowel. The symptoms of endometriosis overlap closely with IBS, thus the low FODMAP diet may help to reduce symptom severity. An anti-inflammatory diet approach can also help with management.
Hypothalamic amenorrhoea refers to the absence of a regular menstrual cycle. Stress, under-eating and overactivity can all contribute to causing amenorrhoea. Nutrition intervention is recommended as part of treatment for functional hypothalamic amenorrhea.
Balanced Meal Planning
Are you aware of how to plan a healthy, balanced meal? Working with a dietitian can help you to understand what main food components you should focus on adding to you plate (or bowl!).
Mindful eating is not just about eating slowly, without any distractions (although this can be helpful). Learning to eat mindfully involved taking into account the psychological influences of food choices, moving away from strict diets and food rules, and allowing yourself to eat all foods taking into consideration what will best nourish your body.
Nutritional deficiencies are common even if you include all food groups in your diet.
Iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin D, protein, vitamin B12, iodine, dietary fibre and omega-3 fatty acids are all common nutrients of concern.
Vegan & Vegetarian Diets
Plant-based diets such as vegan and vegetarian diets can be very nutritious and provide many benefits to health including gut health, cardiovascular and metabolic health. However, if these diets are not well planned, you may be at risk of missing important nutrients such as calcium, iron, zinc, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and iodine.
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