For many people, the subject of bowels is hush hush, but I love talking about bowels!
Gastrointestinal disorders can be so debilitating, having a severe impact on a person's quality of life, not to mention their health and nutrition.
Disorders I work with include Coeliac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases such as Chron's and Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticular Disease, Lactose/Fructose malabsorption, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (which can actually be broken down further into IBS - Constipation, IBS-Diarrhoea, or IBS alternating).
The 'new kid on the block' that I am finding fascinating is SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth). It is often missed and leaves individuals frustratingly going around and around in circles, between specialists, using up valuable resources of time and money, becoming more unwell, trying to find an answer. Science is also only in the early stages of understanding our gut microbiota and microbiome, how changes impact mood/mental health, autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases, hormone levels, cancer and so much more.
If you have been diagnosed with one of the above, or have concerns relating to how your gut health may be compromising your overall health, I can work with you to help correct any nutritional deficiencies you may have as a consequence, reduce symptoms of bloating, wind, diarrhoea, constipation or pain, improve the balance of good and bad bacteria and hopefully get you back to enjoying everyday activities.
Because there are many dietary misconceptions to treat symptoms, and given that some of the above conditions can lead to long term complications if not properly diagnosed, it is important to seek advice from a health professional (like your GP or an Accredited Practising Dietitian) before undergoing dietary restrictions.