Is it difficult to digest? We can help...


At Galway Bay Medical Centre we are lucky to be able to offer the services of a highly trained Clinical Dietitian who deals with a broad range of gastrointestinal conditions.

We are the only Medical Centre in Galway to offer the Low FODMAP diet as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

This treatment will be delivered by Aisling Snedker RD, Clinical Dietician from clinicaldietician.ie and we are very pleased to welcome Aisling as our first guest blogger. Aisling will be sharing her extensive knowledge of Diet and Nutrition with us over the next few weeks starting with an in depth look at the Low FODMAP diet and how it can help those who suffer from IBS

 

Over to you, Aisling....

At Galway Bay Medical Centre we are lucky to be able to offer the services of a highly trained Clinical Dietitian who deals with a broad range of gastrointestinal conditions.

We are the only Medical Centre in Galway to offer the Low FODMAP diet as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

This treatment will be delivered by Aisling Snedker RD, Clinical Dietician from clinicaldietician.ie and we are very pleased to welcome Aisling to our blog as our first guest blogger. Aisling will be sharing her extensive knowledge of Diet and Nutrition with us over the next few weeks starting with an in depth look at the Low FODMAP diet and how it can help those who suffer from IBS

Over to you, Aisling....

 

 

Relief from the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome can now be found in Galway where I am now treating those with IBS with the Low FODMAP diet.

The term FODMAP is an acronym, deriving from "Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols". The restriction of these FODMAPs from the diet has been found to have a beneficial effect for sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome and other functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID). The low FODMAP diet was developed at Monash University in Melbourne by Peter Gibson and Susan Shepherd.

The researchers and developers of the diet intend that it is delivered by a Clinical Dietitian.

Why you may ask?

It is a therapeutic diet and has more to it than the lists available currently on the internet. Those who have had symptoms for a long time or have constipation often need additional individually tailored dietary and lifestyle changes to be successful. Often those who have tried to manage their symptoms have eliminated foods from their diet unnecessarily and may be missing essential nutrients. .

My aim is not only to resolve symptoms but to return you to a more balanced diet. The diet has an excellent success rate but it is quite a change from your usual daily fare and this change should be made in stages which is why we offer a package which includes 3 appointments..

 

  • Initial assessment and commencment of the diet.
  • A review of progress mid-way through the diet.
  • A symptom reduction and reintroduction phase.

The cost is €180.

Dietitians who are qualified to deliver the Low FODMAP diet are members of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute and will be listed on their website.

As many as 20% of adults suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) at any one time. The actual trigger or cause for IBS is not known conclusively but it is most likely multi-factorial.

Genetics, gut infections, stress, abnormal balance of gut bacteria or bacterial overgrowth are all contributing factors. More recently those with Joint hypermobliity have been found to have a higher chance of having IBS.

Whatever the cause, the result is a disruption of the balance of the complex nerve system that controls our gut, known as the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). When the ENS is knocked out of balance it can lead to the gut becoming hypersensitive, changing how the gut moves and altering how it deals with contents.

This imbalance in the ENS can result in a mixture of symptoms such as wind, bloating and abdominal discomfort, diarrhoea alternating with constipation which can be severe. Some people experience a feeling of having an incomplete bowel movement.

With those symptoms you may well wonder why more people you know don't have it, but it is not a topic many people feel comfortable discussing and many IBS sufferers do so in silence.

IBS can be treated successfully with dietary changes and with the great leap forward from the early exclusion diets to the newer Low FODMAP diet the success rate in achieving a 100% resolution of symptoms has increased. The Low FODMAP diet offered at Galway Bay Medical Centre has been shown in trials in the UK and Australia to help manage the symptoms of 75-80% of sufferers.

My own experience of using The FODMAP diet for the past 2 years is that it is the most successful treatment I have seen since I began using exclusion diets for the treatment of IBS in 1997.

As the dietary treatment of IBS can be complex it is recommended that you are supervised by a properly qualified and experienced Clinical Dietitian in order to ensure that your diet remains complete in all essential nutrients. You can search for a registered Dietician in your area on the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute website.

 

All enquiries welcome or for an appointment please contact:

Aisling Snedker RD,  Clinical Dietitian

Mobile 087 6576610

aislingsnedker@gmail.com

www.clinicaldietitian.ie


 

 

tags: IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Low FODMAP, Diet, Dietician, Aisling Snedker

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