The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

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

IBS: How can diarrhoea and constipation coexist in the same illness

This is one of the biggest mysteries of IBS.  Alternating diarrhoea and constipation is a well known subset of IBS, but it is not always balanced.  Many people with diarrhoea … Continue reading

August 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

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 ‘ravelled sleeve of care; how sleep affects IBS

Sleep disturbance affects about a third of the American population, but is particularly common in patients diagnosed with IBS.  As many as 74% of people with IBS characterise themselves as … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

Can similar changes in the microbiome lead to both IBS and colon cancer?

  I subscribe to ‘The Conversation’ and usually scan through its contents every morning.   This post by Bradley Meehan, PhD researcher in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, University … Continue reading

June 12, 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

Re-introduction of FODMAPs: is there an easier way?

  Ever since the Low FODMAP diet was introduced for IBS in 2006, most papers have shown that elimination of FODMAP foods from the diet causes a reduction of symptoms … Continue reading

May 28, 2016 · 3 Comments

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

IBS: let’s change the model.

The practice of medicine still operates on a model that was developed early in the last century.  First establish the diagnosis, then identify the cause and finally apply the treatment.  … Continue reading

December 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bloating, abnormal abdominal physiology or just a lot of gas.

At one time, doctors believed bloating was due to swallowing too much air.  At another, it was caused by lordosis, an abnormal posture produced  by arching the spine and pushing … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

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