Brooke Long­field, Di­eti­tian says …

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Like many peo­ple who suf­fer from un­com­fort­able bloat­ing and wind, Aaron has tried to elim­i­nate trig­ger foods from his diet. The pos­i­tives are that his diet is based on min­i­mally pro­cessed foods, such as fruit, veg­eta­bles, lean meats and whole grains. A low-FODMAP diet has been sci­en­tif­i­cally shown to be ef­fec­tive in re­duc­ing symp­toms like bloat­ing and wind in 75 per cent of peo­ple with Ir­ri­ta­ble Bowel Syn­drome (IBS). IBS can be tricky to di­ag­nose, so I highly rec­om­mend Aaron sees his doc­tor and asks for a re­fer­ral to a di­eti­tian who spe­cialises in gut is­sues. The low-FODMAP diet is quite re­stric­tive and ex­cludes a lot of gut-friendly foods, es­pe­cially pre­bi­otic fi­bre, so it is not a long-term diet. Com­mon high-FODMAP foods that cause dis­com­fort in­clude gar­lic, onion and legumes.

There is ev­i­dence that pro­bi­otics can help with IBS symp­toms, but this can vary from per­son to per­son, and it’s best to try one man­age­ment strat­egy at a time.

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