The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

‘The pain and the bloating come on as soon as I’ve eaten and then the diarrhoea starts.’

 So is this food intolerance?  As pointed out in a recent post by Jaci Barrett from the Monash Group, entitled The Timing of Symptoms, the symptoms of food intolerance caused … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Cooking for The Sensitive Gut at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Do you have IBS and struggle to know what you can eat?  Then why not come and see our lecture demonstration at The Ilkley Literature Festival in St Margaret’s Hall … Continue reading

September 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Milk intolerance; it’s not just lactose.

Lactose Intolerance is a common ‘cause’ of bloating, flatulence, pain and diarrhoea.  This is usually assumed to be due to deficiency of lactase or beta galalactosidase, the enzyme secreted by … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Do spices make IBS worse?

It all depends.  Most spices, such as turmeric, ginger, peppermint, cumin, coriander are soothing to the sensitive gut, so there is no need to avoid spicy food if you have … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Low FODMAP diet. Ten years on.

In medicine, every new treatment tends to go through a cycle.  First there is the breakthrough, the honeymoon phase, where it is miraculous, the answer to everything.  Then comes the … Continue reading

May 29, 2016 · 4 Comments

IBS: Why diets can fail.

Sam Bearfoot, nutritionist, kinaesiologist, and health adviser, who writes under the soubriquet ‘The Digestion Detective’ wrote to me recently. ‘I work with many clients, but in recent years I’ve had … Continue reading

May 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Is taking a YorkTest programme worth your money?

Although classical IgE-mediated food allergy is rare in adults with IBS, some studies have shown that circulating IgG antibodies to a range of food proteins are increased in about 50% … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · 4 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

It is not always what is so, but what you think is so

As I have commented on many posts in this blog, IBS is a condition that has no clear cause and no specific cure, but is often instigated by a traumatic … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · 4 Comments

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

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