If your doctor has diagnosed problems with your digestive system, it is really important to have an understanding of your condition and the affect that alteration of your diet can have. It is not always advisable to follow what is generally termed a ‘healthy diet’ if you have conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, non coeliac gluten sensitivity, ulcerative colitis or coeliac disease. Often foods can result in symptoms; therefore the advice from a Dietitian such as Julie Thompson who has a good understanding of the implications of food on the digestive system is important. Many gut disorders result in food intolerances and if you have a medical diagnosis, you will find here information on recipes that may help and news articles about events and dietary treatments. Julie Thompson is trained to provide the Low FODMAP diet through training at Kings College London, this diet has evidence of reducing symptoms of IBS for the majority of people that try it. She also has experience in providing dietary treatment for crohn’s, colitis, coeliac disease and food intolerances and hypersensitivity. Individual advice is important, as each person may have different requirements – just following a specific internet ‘diet’ or using a ‘one size fits all’ approach may not be appropriate – so if you have tried to change your diet yourself and are struggling, please get in touch.

However if you have digestive problems and have not been given a medical diagnosis, I would advise you to see your doctor and do not alter your diet before you visit. For some conditions – coeliac disease is an example, you need to be eating gluten to get a positive diagnosis and whilst this can result in ongoing symptoms, it is crucial for your ongoing health that it is diagnosed successfully. Weight loss and malnutrition can also be common with gastrointestinal conditions so again an assessment with a qualified practitioner that can provide advice on how to prevent further weight loss and malnutrition is really useful. Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss dietary treatment of your condition.