Most sentient beings have had Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) at one time or another. Its a long word for an easily recognisable issue.
Abdominal cramping, diarrhoea, constipation, issues with the dreaded air biscuits, booty bombs, trumps – you know what I’m talking about! No? Then read this wonderful article about farting
But farting is not always funny – it can be the opposite of fun to spend all day worrying about bottom blasts when you are at an important meeting or on a hot date.
Likewise with bloating – I have a friend who’s waist goes from 32 to 55 inches when she eats the wrong things – that is like 4 dress sizes!
What even is IBS?
So how do we tackle this issue?
Well first lets think about what IBS actually is. IBS is a real umbrella term. Below is the info from the NHS
There is no such thing as ‘Unknown causes’!
Sorry but this is a big old cop out. There is always a cause, sometimes multiple causes and we just need to be patient enough to take the time and care to look for it and slowly work towards sorting things out.
Get to the point Lisa what are the potential causes?
OK, OK, I get distracted by pictures of cats!
Naturopaths really love this word but most people have never heard of it.
This excellent guide defines it as:
”any change to the composition of resident commensal communities relative to the community found in healthy individuals”.
Commensals being an organism living inside another organism. In this case the organism is you!
The main thing to consider is that your gut is pretty huge and full of all manner of bugs. You have probably heard of probiotics – the ‘good’ bacteria and how they are fairly incredible at keeping us healthy. Every day there is a new finding about their benefits each more fantastical than the last – stay posted for a post on this soon!
The thing you don’t hear so much about is the bad guys.
Not so friendly gut bacteria
OK so now we understand there is a gladiatorial fight against good and evil going on inside our guts.
The bad bacteria affects digestion causing food to ferment and putrefy in the gut leading to…. you guessed right! Bloating, altered bowel movements and bottom burps.
Wow! Thats amazing but what has this got to do with
You may have heard about FODMAPS before.
Its one of those subjects that most mainstream medics and naturopaths agree on.
Infact there is a whole team of researchers at Kings College University who have published a paper about the positive results IBS sufferers get on the diet plus lots of others on subjects like the effects of lactose and prebiotics.
So there we have the breakdown – FODMAPS are simple sugars in their many forms. They can cause water to be drawn into the small intestine causing diarrhoea and sneak into the large intestine undigested to cause more problems there
What foods are high in FODMAPS?
So what can I actually eat Lisa?
For a detailed shopping list and recipes do check out dietician Joe Leech and co’s excellent website
This diet works best when working in conjunction with a naturopathic nutritionist to support the process with supplements tailored to you and support to slowly reintroduce foods that you can tolerate
If you have IBS don’t just put up with it. This is your one and only human life and you deserve to wear that sexy red dress without looking like you swallowed an egg every time you eat a sandwich!
I won’t be able to sleep worrying about you never meeting the love on your life because you are scared of releasing a silent yet deadly F bomb! (OK no more fart nicknames I promise)
Get in touch, I won’t suggest anything too weird I promise.
Also without sounding like a big scary scaremonger or Yoda……..
Posts on gut wall permeability and inflammation coming soon.
There are many more aspects related to IBS which I have not had scope to discuss in this article.
Please comment on whatever has worked for you – I love to hear your stories.
Love and Unicorn dust, Lisa