The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Open up your bowels and let the sun shine in; the myths about Vitamin D and IBS

It’s a no brainer.  Most people with IBS have low levels of Vitamin D, so the answer seems simple: if you can’t get enough sunshine in your life, take Vitamin … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

Make your own delicious Spelt sourdough loaf.

A tutorial by Dr Joan Ransley   Making bread is a deeply satisfying  and mindful  activity that relaxes and calms. Spelt bread has a beautiful open texture, a wonderful nutty … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · 4 Comments

Bread and Bloating

Of all the foods that are claimed to be responsible for bloating and other symptoms of IBS,  bread would appear to be the most common.  No fewer that 50% of … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

Dietary fibre; is it time to reconsider?

There was a time, and not so long ago, when lack of dietary fibre was considered to be cause of most ailments of modern civilisation. Dennis Burkitt (remember him?) had, … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

It’s not just FODMAPs. Meat is fermented too.

One ‘breakthrough’ always opens our thinking up to others.  We now know that rapid fermentation of poorly absorbed low molecular weight sugars (FODMAPs) found in onions, beans, sprouts and some … Continue reading

November 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why don’t doctors advise a low FODMAP diet?

Joy replied to my last post, pointing out that the low FODMAP diet ‘has been scientifically proven to improve the symptoms of IBS in 75% of sufferers’, but complained that … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · 4 Comments

How much weight is it normal to lose on a low FODMAP diet?

Tina explained that she had been eliminating FODMAPs for about 6 weeks.   ‘I tried to re-introduce normal white bread last week, but I had a flare up which I am … Continue reading

October 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Food Allergy and Food Intolerance; are they closer than we think?

It all seems very clear.  Food allergy is an immunological reaction to a specific food protein, while food intolerance is the sensitivity of the gut to a range of foods … Continue reading

September 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Green-eyed Goddess

Food is among our most fundamental driving forces, alongside sex, companionship, shelter and drink. It can determine our mood, can dominate our thinking and regulate our behaviour.  But it is … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

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