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The low FODMAP diet is a well-researched dietary intervention for IBS, but it is typically more successful for those dealing with IBS-D (diarrhoea-predominant IBS) than IBS-C (constipation-predominant IBS). However, today I want to share with you a case study of my client Ella to show you that the low FODMAP diet can indeed benefit those with constipation as well.
Here’s Ella’s story
Ella started working with me back in December ’21 when she was struggling with IBS-C. On good days, her symptoms were relatively mild bloating and discomfort, but on bad days she described them as severe and painful.
She had previously tried prescription laxatives and eliminating a few foods from her diet, without getting any relief. And she was taking six capsules of psyllium a day to help her open her bowels when we first met.
As a 19 year old college student, Ella wanted to take control of her IBS – rather than letting it control her – and see a brighter future and happier life for herself.
And after going through the Plant Nourish, Gut Flourish program, she’s closer to that dream.
- She found out exactly which foods she can tolerate and in what amounts. She didn’t need to completely remove anything from her diet, which as a plant-based eater was a massive relief for her.
- She cut those six psyllium capsules a day down to just two.
- And she reduced her symptom scores by over 50%! Check this out:
Here’s what Ella had to say:
“The benefits of the program have been discovering my personal IBS triggers, learning so much valuable information about IBS and how to deal with it, and how to continue living a healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life. My symptoms have improved because I now know what foods and other things can trigger me, and how to properly deal with an episode/symptom when it occurs. Claire is nonjudgemental, understanding, and open to your ideas/experiences, and the program is so comprehensive and well laid out.”
Should you try the low FODMAP diet if you have constipation predominant IBS?
The low FODMAP diet isn’t a first-line therapy for IBS, so it’s a good idea to try those first. But if you feel like you’ve already tried everything and you haven’t found any relief, then I’d recommend speaking to your doctor about trying the low FODMAP diet.
If you’re interested in joining the Plant Nourish, Gut Flourish program to help you take control of your symptoms like Ella did, apply to work with me so we can have a no-obligation chat about whether the program is the right fit for you.