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If you have a diagnosis of IBS we recommend trying the First Line Approaches to begin with. If you are still suffering with gut symptoms having made these changes we recommend making an appointment to see a registered dietitian or trying The FLAT Gut Diet Plan.
If you have a diagnosis of FD we recommend following a personalised diet plan developed by a registered dietitian. This may, amongst other things involve eating less but more often i.e. “little and often”, eating slowly, and avoiding cold fluids. Spicy foods and alcohol should be kept to a minimum.
If you don’t already have a diagnosis we recommend you seek an appointment with your GP/Family Doctor and keep a food and symptom diary in the meantime.
If you don’t already have a diagnosis of a gut condition, you should first make an appointment to see your GP/Family Doctor. Based on your symptoms and physical examination, your Doctor will consider a possible diagnosis and may suggest doing some bloods or tests for possible causes.
If you have avoided a food for an extended period of time it is possible that you will experience some gut symptoms when you reintroduce this back into your diet. This is not uncommon and may be because your gut bacteria are enjoying something they have been deprived of, but this should settle. If your symptoms are mild we would encourage you to continue to experiment with this food for up to one month.
First, try not to worry. Review your FLAT GUT Diet: symptom and lifestyle diary and ask yourself the following questions:
Are you adhering to the diet?
Are you experiencing any external stressors?
Are you getting sufficient exercise and sleep?
A number of things can contribute to an IBS symptom flare so try to identify what may have triggered the flare.
Revert to a day/s in the diet plan that you know you tolerate well and follow these until your symptoms subside.
You should also take some gentle exercise and stay well hydrated. You may also feel more comfortable by having a warm bath, drinking peppermint tea/taking peppermint capsules and using a hot water bottle.
It can take up to a week for a symptom flare to settle. Assume the diet plan when you feel ready.
We recommend 30 minutes of mild to moderate exercise each day. This may be walking, gentle jogging, yoga, Qigong, pilates, exercise classes, dance, swimming and cycling or other forms of exercise. We recommend choosing exercises that you enjoy and can carry out on a regular basis.
Research has shown that professionally delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy can improve IBS symptoms. If you’d like to explore this further, talk to your GP/Family Doctor about a recommendation to a certified/accredited professional. Of course, therapies like CBT and Counselling can also be of benefit for those without gut symptoms.
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