Irritable Bowel Syndrome – What is it and More Importantly, What Causes It?


Q&A With Susie

Hi Susie. My name is Natalie, I have been suffering from constant bloating now for at least 6 months and don't know what to do? I’ve been tested for Helicobacter Pylori and the results came back negative, I’ve also been trying to eat clean by consuming more vegetables and fruits, less carbs at night, and I have been eating more chicken and red meat as well as salads. However none of that works. I don't know what do to and was wondering if you could give me some tips of what not to eat, and more so, what to eat. Thanks Susie. Regards, Natalie – Napolitano, NSW

Irritable bowel symptoms including bloating, gas and gastric discomfort can be caused by a range of things including diet, stress and food intolerances. In many cases, when the symptoms have been unexplained by other medical issues, individuals may have a degree of intolerance to some of the sugars found primarily in fruits and vegetables known as the FODMAPS foods. 

In sensitive individuals, these FODMAPS containing foods produce excessive gas in the small intestine resulting in these symptoms. Foods that commonly cause these issues include apples, pears, oats, onions, garlic and beans. In some people, wheat and dairy may also be causing the issues. As a starting point, take a look at this website and see if eliminating some of these foods helps to relieve your symptoms -

If this does not help, it may be worth enlisting the help of a dietitian to help you identify which are the exact foods causing issues. It would also be a good idea to try a probiotic supplement that is dairy free until you identify the exact foods causing issues.


Susie Burrell

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