Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Coping with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is especially challenging from a diet perspective. The sufferer may have suspicions about what foods cause issues, and these may or may not be accurate. Until recently, IBS has been a catch-all for several digestive system conditions. There’s still much to learn about IBS and related problems. Forest Hills Wellness is your ideal partner for navigating the often confusing field of IBS nutrition therapy.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q&A

by Dara Bergen, MPH, RD, CDN

What is IBS?

IBS features abdominal pain along with a range of other symptoms. The most common pattern includes abdominal pain along with diarrhea or constipation, and occasionally these alternate. When the condition is chronic and recurring, it can interfere with everyday life. There’s no known cure for IBS, but there are ways to reduce symptoms.

What are other characteristic IBS symptoms?

The abdominal pain associated with IBS usually subsides with a bowel movement. The pain may seem associated with changes in bowel habits. This occasionally happens to everyone, but for IBS sufferers, the episodes occur more often, and the associated pain may be more severe. In women, there seem to be changes caused by the hormonal cycle associated with menstruation.

Does Forest Hills Wellness treat other gastrointestinal (GI) disorders?

Yes. Other common GI disorders include non-TBS constipation, acid reflux, lactose intolerance, and other food allergies.

How does a dietitian like Dara Bergen help with GI disorders?

Each GI condition has its own treatment, and every client adds their individual experience to the mix. It takes a dietitian to understand each client’s situation to both educate them and provide diet plans that help reduce symptoms. For example, with IBS, there may be stress triggers for episodes that patients think are food-related. They may stop eating the food before having an episode, when in fact, it would have happened anyway. A dietitian helps sort through fact and fiction to assist the client with effective treatment to gain control of their GI disorder. If you’re suffering from a GI disorder like irritable bowel syndrome, call or schedule an appointment online at Forest Hills Wellness. Dara Bergen and her team of highly trained dietitians and nutritionists will provide you with the proper education and diet plan for your GI disorder. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.


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