Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Is Vegetarian Better?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a diagnosis based upon symptoms. Here are the criteria:
Many providers call IBS the "wastebasket diagnosis" because it's what people are often told they have when the rest of the work-up (imaging, labs, etc.) comes back normal. It's basically a diagnosis of symptoms, with no explanation as to why someone is having those symptoms.
This new study was just published and this is about the "Association between self-reported vegetarian diet and the irritable bowel syndrome in the French NutriNet cohort" - looking into whether a vegetarian diet shows to be helpful for IBS.
This study suggests that a long-term VD could be associated with IBS. Nevertheless, further studies are needed to confirm these results, and investigate the multiple aspects of the vegetarian diet, possibly related to the IBS.
You may be wondering why this is. I have many theories, based on what I see in practice, but I'll save them for now. Feel free to ask me in person.
I can proudly say, that with a nutrition and lifestyle approach, I have helped hundreds of individuals get rid of their IBS symptoms. There isn't one answer, though. What works for one, isn't always what works for the next. This is why I treat everyone I work with as an individual. I listen to their personal story and their specific symptoms, and together we create a nutrition plan fitting for them.
If you'd like to explore any of this information further or obtain an individualized nutrition plan, you can schedule an initial appointment at our clinic. We also take insurance and some of our clients get full coverage, which is great.
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