December IBS News

“In the news” December 2017

Each month we will bring you the latest news which has caught our attention, regarding the Low FODMAP Diet, IBS and other gastrointestinal issues.

The FODMAP app which is changing lives 5 years on

The Monash University FODMAP App is one of the, if not THE, most popular app for those following a Low FODMAP Diet and it’s celebrating it’s fifth birthday this month! The app has plenty of information on the diet, lots of recipes and tips and a very easy to use list of foods with traffic light system to show the levels of fodmaps present.

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The surprising connection between food, periods & IBS

For the ladies out there – Have you ever noticed your IBS symptoms get worse around the time of your period? I have started keeping a food & symptom diary to note my food intake, IBS symptoms, but I also now record my menstrual cycle as I believe this has a big impact too.

The International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders says people with periods experience greater sensitivity to particular foods, such as those that are gas-producing, around the time of menstruation.

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Can yoga help to alleviate IBS?

There are a few ways to help reduce IBS symptoms, in this article it looks at diet, reducing stress and yoga. Yoga is a great way to help relax, reduce stress whilst also doing gentle exercise.

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Woman’s pay docked because of her frequent washroom breaks

I think we all know how hard it can be when you’re working and your IBS flare’s up. It always comes at the most inconvenient moments. On average IBS sufferers take 9 days off work per year due to their symptoms. However, this ladies story does take things to the extreme where she is punished for her toilet breaks – wouldn’t that make us all on edge and so need to go more? What about people who take cigarette breaks? This article looks into what happened…

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The ONE thing that is wreaking havoc on your gut, revealed

… And you’ll be surprised to hear it’s not gluten! Many people have a belief that gluten is the culprit for their stomach issues, with a large proportion of people choosing to follow a gluten free diet… even though they haven’t been diagnosed as coeliac or gluten-intolerant. However, new research has  found it’s actually a FODMAP called fructan which is found in plenty of foods…

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We hope you found these articles interesting. If you have seen anything in the news which you think we should share, please email

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