IBS: Take Control!
Updated: Nov 17
Can you believe that more than 13% of the UK population suffers from IBS? (Ref 1).
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also well known as IBS, is one of the most common conditions treated by Gastroenterologists and primary care providers worldwide.
It is a significant burden for the public health service in terms of costs and strain on specialist services.
£12 million was the NHS bill to treat patients affected by IBS in 2012.
IBS often goes undiagnosed, is more frequent in women and can be hereditary. It can affect the gut of individuals at any stage of their life, no matter if you are a child, a teenager or an adult. However, multiple studies confirm that IBS affects mostly adults aged 18-39 (Ref 1; Ref 2).
Common symptoms of IBS:
Lower abdominal pain, altered bowel habit, bloating, excessive flatulence, abdominal distention, constipation, and diarrhoea.
Often the symptoms resolve for a while and then return, or new symptoms may develop. Their severity may change from being mild to severe. People may experience mostly constipation or diarrhoea for a while, and then develop alternating bowel habits, sometimes diarrhoea, sometimes constipation and so on (Ref 3).
At Nutripanda we approach this syndrome using a personalised diet plan in order to reduce potential inflammation in your gut.
We look for what could potentially be the trigger or multiple triggers of this inflammation in your gut, exploring potential dysbiosis, food intolerances, allergies and interplays between your lifestyle and eating habits.
Eliminating those triggers can be the first step in our therapeutic approach. The next step might be ensuring you have sufficient intake of prebiotics and the proper probiotics which are both essential for the gut and your overall health. We would then personalise a diet rich in anti-inflammatory natural compounds extracted from the food that you eat to restore your gut health.