Nutrition Strategies for Addressing Reflux

Nutrition Strategies for Addressing Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD or GERD) is a condition where stomach acid comes back up your oesophagus. This can irritate the lining of the oesophagus and result in other symptoms such as heartburn. There are many dietary and lifestyle approaches that can be implemented to reduce the likelihood of reflux occurring. Mechanism Typically, the lower oesophageal sphincter opens to allow food to pass through and then closes tightly to prevent stomach acid from flowing back up. If the sphincter relaxes, food can push upwards through this opening and cause acid reflux. Two main variables involved in GERD are: The amount…
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Managing IBS on a Plant-Based Diet: A Guide to Low FODMAP for Vegans

Managing IBS on a Plant-Based Diet: A Guide to Low FODMAP for Vegans

As a vegan dietitian, I am often asked about the compatibility of a low FODMAP diet with a plant-based lifestyle. The good news is that it is possible to follow both a low FODMAP and plant-based diet, but it does require some extra attention and planning. Firstly, let’s break down what FODMAPs are. FODMAPs are a group of short-chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and can cause digestive symptoms in some people, particularly those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. Common sources of FODMAPs include wheat, onions, garlic,…
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Are Probiotics Helpful for IBS?

Are Probiotics Helpful for IBS?

Probiotics are an option that can be utilised to help manage and improve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). There is evidence that they can help with improving symptoms of bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and other aspects of IBS. Research is mixed on how effective they are. Sometimes they help, and sometimes they do not. There are a lot of different types of probiotics. And there are a lot of different types and causes of IBS. This post will cover the research on this topic while also providing some practical recommendations. How/Why Could Probiotics Help Probiotics are defined as “live…
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CSID: How To Manage Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency

CSID: How To Manage Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency

What is CSID? Congenital sucrase-isomaltase deficiency (CSID) is a genetic condition that affects the body’s ability to digest certain sugars. Sucrase and isomaltase are enzymes produced in the lining of the small intestine to break down sucrose and maltose/isomaltose (starches). But with this condition, there is a relative deficiency of these enzymes. Therefore, when a person with CSID consumes sucrose or maltose they may experience unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms. The most common symptoms are loose bowel movements or diarrhea and bloating. Although some people may experience vomiting as well.  A familiar way to think about CSID would be to compare it…
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Do High Protein Diets Negatively Impact Gut Health? A Review of the Evidence

Do High Protein Diets Negatively Impact Gut Health? A Review of the Evidence

Diet significantly affects the health and composition of the gut microbiome.  Recently, there has been a lot of talk around high protein diets and their impact on gut health.  Specifically, high protein diets may negatively impact gut health. Although, it seems that there are several dietary strategies you can use to protect your gut health if you do have a high-protein diet. These include: Maintaining a high fibre intakeHaving a diverse range of plant foods in your dietLimiting fat intake to <40% of caloric intake Moderating intake of red and processed meats.  The Research - “The Korean Study”  One study…
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Diverticular Disease: What To Eat & How To Reduce Flare-Ups

Diverticular Disease: What To Eat & How To Reduce Flare-Ups

Diverticular disease is when small abnormal pouches form in the bowel wall. This condition has two different classifications.  Diverticulosis - this is the formation of the pouches in the bowel wallDiverticulitis - is the inflammation or infection of these small pouches in the bowel wall Diverticulosis can be present and remain without symptoms, causing no issues at all. However, the issue is when diverticulitis develops.  However, only 10-25% of people with diverticulosis will develop diverticulitis.  Diverticulitis may present with abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence and/or blood in the faeces.  Management of the active states of diverticular disease often involves…
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Complete Food Chemical Elimination Diet List | What To Eat

Complete Food Chemical Elimination Diet List | What To Eat

Welcome To The Food Chemical Elimination Diet Guide! The food chemical elimination diet guide is also available as a searchable (CTRL+F) PDF download. This is based on the elimination phase of what is known as the RPAH Elimination Diet or The Failsafe Diet. Just a few things to note before you move on to the guide. Only eat food listed as low in food chemicals whilst on the elimination diet. Avoid foods that are moderate to high in food chemicals. Although foods that are moderate in food chemicals may not cause symptoms in less sensitive people. You may wish to…
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What Is The Best Probiotic For You? Strain Specificity

What Is The Best Probiotic For You? Strain Specificity

Probiotic supplementation has been at the center of discussion around gut health for decades.  If you are wanting to try a probiotic supplement, it can be overwhelming to choose which one would be most suitable. I was in the chemist just the other day and walked by a huge range of probiotics. Each claimed to have a very specific purpose: IBS ConstipationMood Stress reliefImmune supportWomen’s health Skin supportHeart health.  So are all of these probiotics really that much different from one another? Or is it all marketing? What Are Probiotics? Probiotics are living microorganisms that when consumed can contribute to…
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The Complete Low FODMAP List of Foods to Eat and Avoid

The Complete Low FODMAP List of Foods to Eat and Avoid

Welcome to The Low FODMAP Food Guide! The Low FODMAP Food Guide is also available as a searchable (Ctrl+F) PDF download. This guide contains a comprehensive list of foods and their FODMAP content. If you want to know how to properly implement The Low FODMAP Diet, our blog post specifically on that topic would be the place to go. When using the complete low FODMAP food guide, note the following: Aim to eat low FODMAP serving sizes only whilst on the low FODMAP diet.Portion sizes are per meal/sitting.All fats and oils are low FODMAP. You can even use garlic and…
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Leaky Gut: A Dietitian’s Review Of The Research

Leaky Gut: A Dietitian’s Review Of The Research

Leaky gut is a hot topic of debate in the medical field. Some medical professionals don’t believe it to be a real condition. Meanwhile, others associate it with a range of symptoms and disease states.  Research on leaky gut otherwise known as increased intestinal permeability seems to be a bit of a hot mess. Hence why it is not a widely accepted condition but also why it can’t be completely refuted.  Proponents of leaky gut syndrome have linked the condition with a variety of other medical conditions and diseases. Saying that leaky gut is the underlying cause of the following,…
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