Irritable Bowel Syndrome


You have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and you are probably wondering whether food plays a role.

The answer is yes and no!

For some people, a change in the food they eat may help their IBS, whilst for others it will make no difference. It is important to keep the following in mind:

  • With any change in your eating, you need to make sure that you have a balanced diet for nutritional adequacy.
  • It can often be tricky trying to identify which foods are your IBS symptom triggers, so consultation with an Accredited Practising Dietitian experienced in IBS at Shepherd Works is important to ensure you understand the role food plays in your symptoms and also to make sure you don’t avoid foods unnecessarily.
  • Psychological factors such as stress, anxiety and depression can trigger IBS symptoms and should be considered. Appropriate treatment strategies are available from Shepherd Works psychologists, including psycho-education, gut-focussed hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.

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Which foods may cause symptoms in IBS?


FODMAPS are often dietary causes for symptoms of IBS.

FODMAP is an acronym refering to: Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols

Excess fructose, lactose, fructans, polyols (e.g. sorbitol and mannitol) and galacto-oligosaccharides are all examples of FODMAPS.

There can also be other dietary triggers for symptoms of IBS. Therefore, it is recommended you consult with a dietitian with experience in gastrointestinal nutrition. One of the team of Accredited Practising Dietitians at Shepherd Works can assess your diet and your symptoms and advise you about a dietary therapy that may assist your symptoms of IBS.

Where can I get advice?


For expert dietitian advice, please book an appointment with one of the Shepherd Works dietitians on +613 9890 4911, or click here to submit an appointment enquiry online.

Day time and early evening appointments are available. For people who live interstate, overseas or are unable to make it to one of our practice locations, Shepherd Works offers popular phone & Skype consultation services – please phone +613 9890 4911 or complete the online booking details to arrange.

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