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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.
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.
Discovering your fibre tolerance level is a key part of The FLAT Gut Diet Plan and our unique points-based system makes this easy to do. You start with a base level of fibre and steadily increase the amount as guided by the plan.
Diet alone is usually not enough to successfully manage IBS and other gut conditions. A holistic or Total Mind and Body Health Approach is needed and so this too is a core element of The FLAT Gut Diet plan. You can also find some wellbeing tips in our Self Care section.
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