IBS and the low FODMAP diet

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a medical term used to describe a collection of gut symptoms.  It affects around one in five adults in the UK.

The low FODMAP diet is an effective treatment for gut symptoms associated with IBS, such as bloating, wind, abdominal pain, and an altered bowel habit. A low FODMAP diet can help you identify food triggers, understand your tolerance of certain foods, and improve your quality of life.


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How do I know if I have IBS?

The only way to really know if you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is with a diagnosis from your GP. Frequent symptoms can include abdominal pain, bloating, loose stools and/or constipation.

Do I need a diagnosis before we work together?

Yes please. Before we work together it is important to have a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and be sure that conditions such as coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease have been ruled out.

Why work with a dietitian?

As a FODMAP trained dietitian I will support and guide you, and together we can work out your personalised low FODMAP plan. Over 70% of people with IBS experience beneficial results from the low FODMAP diet.

How can I follow the low FODMAP diet?

I can guide you through the three stages of the low FODMAP diet:

1. FODMAP restriction

In this stage, you reduce your FODMAP intake by avoiding foods that are high in FODMAPs for 4 to 8 weeks.

2. FODMAP reintroduction (6 – 10 weeks)

This will enable you to identify which FODMAPs you are most sensitive to and understand FODMAP tolerance levels.

3. FODMAP Personalisation

This stage involves long term dietary planning.

Did you know…

FODMAP is an acronym for

These are carbohydrates found in a wide range of foods that the small intestine finds difficult to absorb.

Do I need to see a dietitian to follow the low FODMAP diet?

The diet is most effective when you are supported by a FODMAP-trained dietitian. A recent evaluation has shown that 76% of IBS patients who had seen a FODMAP-trained dietitian reported improvement in symptoms after being on the diet.

I want to try the low FODMAP diet. What should I do?

The low FODMAP diet is a complex dietary approach to IBS, so it is important you receive appropriate advice and guidance while working through the different stages. Undertaking the low FODMAP diet can significantly improve your IBS symptoms and quality of life.

Success Stories

I was diagnosed with IBS a couple of years ago and the symptoms put a big dent in my social life. I love cooking, and eating out, and was finding it stressful because I didn’t know which foods were triggering my symptoms. My girlfriend recommended a dietitian who had helped her.

Lorraine has been very easy to talk to and worked with me though the three stages of the low FODMAP diet. I am so glad it worked. Now I understand which foods are triggers, and can cook and go out to eat without any stress.

– Ross J, Kent

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