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Do you recognise any of these signs? They might be telling you it’s time to get help managing your IBS.
You’re Scared to Eat Anything
If you’ve reached the point where you’re cutting foods out of your diet because you think they trigger you (or worse, you’re skipping meals and starving yourself), you need professional help ASAP. You’re putting yourself at risk of nutrient deficiencies and damaging your relationship with food.
An IBS specialist nutritionist can help you overcome your food fear and build a personalised IBS diet that helps keep your symptoms under control.
You Want to Try the Low FODMAP Diet
Or maybe your doctor recommended it..?
The low FODMAP diet isn’t just a case of excluding a bunch of foods from your diet and you’re done. It’s a three-phased process and the elimination stage is arguably the easy bit. The tricky part, and where most people come unstuck, is reintroducing foods AND analysing their results properly. This can lead to you either giving up prematurely and thinking the process hasn’t worked for you, or ending up stuck in the elimination phase for longer than is healthy.
IBS sufferers who work with a FODMAP trained specialist are twice as likely to have success on the protocol compared with those who follow it without guidance.
You’re Confused About Where to Start
There’s a lot of noise out there. Quick fixes promising overnight relief and nonsense tests that prey on your desperation. But they’re mostly just a stinky pile of BS.
An IBS specialist knows what works and what doesn’t, and can stop you from wasting money, time, and tears on bogus tests and treatments. We’ll provide you with all the tools you need and a step-by-step care plan that is personalised to you.
You’re Obsessing Over Your Symptoms
Constantly ruminating over your condition is a sign that IBS has taken over your life. Working with an IBS specialist can help you understand what is going on inside your guts and why, and we’ll provide you with the support, compassion and reassurance you need to get your life back.
You Can’t Figure Out Your Triggers
If you feel like one day, a tiny bit of a food sends you into a flare-up, but the next day you can eat it by the bucket load, it’s time to look beyond just food triggers and dive a bit deeper into the complex, multifactorial nature of IBS.
An IBS specialist can help you pinpoint exactly what your triggers are and establish tolerable thresholds. No more guessing games and scattergun approach.
You Aren’t Getting Results by Yourself
If you feel like you’ve tried everything to manage your IBS, but nothing works, don’t give up. Get help. The toolkit of an IBS specialist is vast, and we always have additional tricks up our sleeve to try.
No two cases of IBS are identical and finding a successful, personalised IBS care plan is largely a case of trial and error. But getting professional support makes the process a whole lot more efficient, because we only employ evidence-based practices.
Do You Need Help Managing Your IBS?
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