Can Nutritional Therapy Help With Conquering IBS?

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Trying to navigate the mindfield that is the low fodmap diet has been really hard. I am still in the elimination phase and just when I think I have worked out what is triggering my IBS … Bam! I get another attack.

When Jenna from www.abalancedbelly.co.uk offered the chance for a few of her readers to have a free nutritional consultation in exchange for an honest review I jumped at the chance in the hope I could finally combat my belly issues.

Jenna is a qualified Nutritional Therapist and suffers herself with Inflammatory Bowel Disease so it was lovely to speak to someone who actually has an idea of what goes on in the old bowel department.

I asked Jenna if she could tell you all a little bit about herself …

“Hi I’m Jenna- I am Nutritional Therapist who specialises in gut health. I started studying nutrition almost 3 years ago when diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. In 2017, I completed my Nutritional Therapy qualification and am accredited by the Federation of Nutritional Therapists. My blog A Balanced Belly has lots of advice on nutrition and gut health”

Our consultation lasted for 60 mins and was initially meant to take place via Skype however as I am a bit clueless when it comes to skyping we decided to have a chat via facebook. This was perfect as could cosy up on the couch in my PJ’s whilst we were chatting.

We started off with a bit of background into my symptoms and what supplements (if any) I was taking. I was intrigued to hear that Jenna was not a huge fan of the low fodmap diet. Instead she suggested that I try to have protein at every meal and to consider eliminating dairy for a short period of time to help heal my gut.

Prior to our consultation I had completed a food diary and we spent some time going over it. Jenna immediately picked up on the fact that I rarely eat breakfast so she offered some suggestions for me such as smoothies or porridge. I recognise that I do need to make more of an effort to have breakfast but unfortunately I am not a huge fan of smoothies or porridge so I am going to look into alternatives especially when I am not working.

Jenna was able to offer suggestions where I could incorporate more protein into my diet by offering a sample food plan which was a great help. With the addition of some supplements such as digestive enzymes I have some great ideas to help control my IBS.

There was such a lot to take in so I was really pleased when Jenna sent over a typed copy of our session. I found this really helpful as I can refer back to it when needed.

Overall I found the session really helpful and I would reccomend that anyone who is suffering with any digestive issues seek the help of a nutritionalist.

My session has certainly given me some food for thought and I will certainly be putting some of Jenna’s suggestions into practise!

A session with Jenna normally costs £60 and can take place either face to face, over the phone or via skype. If you feel that you need a little bit more help then there are other packages available so please do check out Jenna’s Blog for more details.

 

13 thoughts on “Can Nutritional Therapy Help With Conquering IBS?

  1. I was diagnosed with IBS about 20 years ago, after lots of tests ruled anything more serious out. But my specialist told me that not all IBS sufferers respond to dietary changes in terms of reducing the frequency and/ or severity of their symptoms. I experimented, but found that what I ate didn’t seem to make much difference back then. More recently I have found that it flares if I consume too much dairy in a given week, though I can have a fair bit in one meal as long as it’s not several meals in a row. Luckily, I’ve also found that my symptoms are not as bad these days as they used to be, and I believe some of that is down to a reduction in stress – even now the flare ups nearly always coincide with my being really stressed or worried about something. Anyway, hope you find some respite from your symptoms.
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  2. I will pass this onto my mum. She has IBS and can really suffer with it. This may be helpful to her. I hope your new eating plan works.

  3. It must be so hard and frustrating trying to figure out what is causing your problems. I hope the advice Jenna has given you works and you feel better.

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