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We advise those suffering with gut problems to ensure that they have a proper medical diagnosis before embarking on any dietary programme, we can’t stress this enough.
There are some simple dietary and lifestyle steps that you can take to help control and reduce your painful gut symptoms. We recommend reviewing and trying these measures before embarking on any further restrictive dietary changes.
Step 1 – Tracking
Once complete, review your answers and see where you can take steps to improve your eating patterns. Small changes can lead to improved gut symptom control.
Step 3 – Look at what you are eating
Step 4 – What are you drinking?
Step 5 – Know your daily fibre intake
Fibre is one of nature’s superfoods and it has many health benefits.
So as can be seen from all the health benefits of fibre, it is an essential nutrient for our gut health and overall health. However, for those suffering with gut problems and those with DGBIs (disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction) it is a case of finding the right balance of fibre for your gut, as fibre is highly fermentable and can result in increased gas and bloating. We see patients in our clinics every single day that don’t take the right amount of dietary fibre – either too much or too little. You can have ‘too much of a good thing’ and also not enough fibre.
The general recommendations are between 20g (USA), 25 to 35g (IRE), 30g (UK) of fibre per day. We recommend between 20-35g of fibre per day. We also recommend increasing your fibre intake slowly, by 5g per week, as if you do it more quickly you can bring on uncomfortable bloating, cramps and excess wind. There are many helpful apps available that can help you track your fibre intake.
Finally, when making dietary changes it is also important that you look at other lifestyle factors and take a holistic approach to your gut health. Visit our Self Care section for some wellbeing tips.