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IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME: SYMPTOMS, TESTING, AND TREATMENT

Could you be suffering from IBS? Read below to find out.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a complex disorder which causes chronic gut symptoms. Typical symptoms include: abdominal bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain/discomfort and altered bowel habits (diarrhoea/constipation).

There are a wide variety of factors which can cause the uncomfortable symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. There is no simple cure for IBS, and symptoms can be frustrating to control.

Overall, managing IBS using over-the-counter treatments and prescription medications only provides short-term, temporary relief, with variable effectiveness.

Accurate diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, using our breath test is the first step in the process of healing your gut, and putting a stop to the uncomfortable symptoms of IBS.

Holly and Jennifer - Our Clinical Nutritionists

Holly and Jennifer - Our Clinical Nutritionists

What are the leading causes of IBS symptoms?

Even though there may be many causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, research shows that malabsorption of FODMAPs,  Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), and Food Intolerances are leading causes.

IBS patients are chronic sufferers seeking answers, many never seek professional attention – don’t be one of them!

Getting a full understanding of the cause of your IBS, will empower you to access the most appropriate, effective, and holistic treatment plan.

We are here to ‘Get Rid of Your Bloat’ so what are you waiting for!

The good news is that with evidence-based FODMAPs testing and elimination protocols, many of the intolerances which cause the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, can be resolved, dramatically improving or eliminating symptoms.

In fact, a FODMAP dietary protocol informed by breath tests has been shown to provide significant long-term symptomatic improvement in 75% of IBS sufferers. The testing is simple, non-invasive breath testing, suitable for both adults and children, with accurate results that we can utilise to develop an elimination and re-introduction protocol personalised to you.

view of inflamed intestines, before Irritable Bowel Syndrome testing and treatment

Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Testing kits for FODMAP malabsorption and SIBO, leading causes of IBS, can be purchased here.

More information on FODMAPs and SIBO, and their role in causing Irritable Bowel Syndrome, can be found here, for FODMAPs, and here, for SIBO

IBS patients are chronic sufferers seeking answers, many never seek professional attention – don’t be one of them !

Available all across Australia.   It does not matter where home is; our service is available across Australia from WA to Tasmania – any city or regional town, any postal address.  So even if you can’t get in to see us we can send you a FODMAP testing kit to do the test in the comfort of your own home.

Our Clinical Nutritionists Jennifer and Holly are experts at helping people follow a low FODMAP diet. Between them they hold B.Sc, M.Sc as well as FODMAPs certs from Monash University!

How Does the Breath Test Work?

Common dietary sugars such as lactose and fructose are normally absorbed in the small intestine. However, some people do not completely absorb these sugars and they pass into the colon (large intestine) where they are fermented by bacteria to produce either hydrogen (H2) or methane (CH4) gas, or a combination of both.

In FODMAP intolerance an orally-ingested test sugar will be incompletely absorbed in the small intestine, leading to fermentation and gas production in the colon. These gases are absorbed into the bloodstream and expired via the lungs, allowing detection by breath testing. As these gases are not produced by humans, they are evidence of sugar fermentation by intestinal bacteria and hence breath tests are highly specific.

FODMAP Intolerance and SIBO are indicated by a significant rise in breath hydrogen or methane levels above baseline during the test.

As a quantitative test it can also provide some information on the degree of intolerance.

Why Should I Consider Breath Testing?

Medical studies show professional dietary FODMAP management supported by breath test results provides significant and long-term symptom improvement in 75% of IBS patients. This evidence far outweighs any other pharmaceutical or dietary strategy for IBS management.

You can Beat the Bloat…

Get Answers and Return to Normal !

Take our simple test.

A hydrogen and methane breath test is a valuable diagnostic tool to accurately predict FODMAP intolerance and SIBO. It is useful as part of routine diagnostic workup and to guide a targeted evidence-based dietary approach.

This is a simple, painless and non-invasive test to accurately diagnose FODMAP malabsorption and SIBO.

What happens after I take the test?

Following diagnosis of malabsorption, a diet with restricted intake of FODMAPs has been shown in clinical studies to provide long-term symptom relief in approximately 75% of IBS sufferers.

The process of eliminating (and re-introducing) certain food groups needs to be carefully and professionally planned to not only manage the elimination of certain foods but at the same time to maintain a nutritionally balanced healthy food intake.

We do not recommend patients try themselves to withdraw certain foods from their diet without objective evidence and professional advice.

Treatment to repair the gut lining and gut wall are often an accompanying strategy. Because FODMAPs and gut health often go hand in hand our clinic and practitioners also specialise in gut repair.

Our in-house clinical nutritionists Jennifer and Holly are specially trained to guide you through the complete journey to restored gut health.

Available Tests

Hydrogen/methane breath tests are highly specific and sensitive tools for the diagnosis of FODMAP malabsorption and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).

See the table below for the tests we offer and the issues they are designed to address:

Testing Demonstration

Watch Priya, one of our SIBO practitioners, demonstrate how to take a SIBO test.

FODMAPs Testing

FODMAPs are rapidly fermented, poorly absorbed dietary sugars

We can test for the following sugars – click on a tab below for more info.

SIBO Tests

SIBO is the abnormal overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.

We offer 3 levels of SIBO testing – click a tab below for more info.

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