That Gut Feeling: IBS and Digestive disorders

If you are experiencing lower abdominal pain and discomfort and it is affecting your life you are not alone. One in seven Australians suffer from Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

By Aimee Buchanan - Clinical Nutritionist

Are you suffering from one of these conditions?

  • Bloating / pregnant like belly & flatulence
  • Discomfort or pain after eating certain foods
  • Irregular bowels or constipation / diarrhoea / alternating
  • Indigestion or reflux
  • Nausea or vomiting

Did you know, a nutritionist can help you isolate the foods that might be contributing to your symptoms, and work with you to create lasting change?

What is IBS?

IBS is a common disorder of the gut (small and large intestines) that involves problems with movement of digested food through the intestines and how the brain interprets signals from the intestinal nerves. IBS is a problem that can affect all aspects of a person’s life from diet, education, work, personal and social relationships, travel, self-image and psychological well being.

The Digestive System

What causes IBS?

While no one knows the exact underlying cause of IBS, the symptoms may be due to increased sensitivity to the function of the bowel. This can be responsible for discomfort, and abnormal contractions in the bowel muscle.

These are the most likely contributing factors

  • Food sensitivities and intolerances
  • Chronic GI infections - Blastocystis, C. diff, H. pylori, Giardia, Cryptosporidium etc.
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Fungal or yeast overgrowth (Candida)
  • Parasites
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Mineral deficiencies
  • Leaky gut syndrome / intestinal permeability
  • IBD - Ulcerative colitis & Crohns
  • Adrenal fatigue & stress

Digestive imbalance can also be the root cause of seemingly unrelated symptoms. It's easy to recognise the primary symptoms of the gut: heart burn, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, but many people may not realise just how many other common health issues begin in your Gut.

If you're suffering from any IBS symptoms, your body is telling you that things aren't right! Don't leave poor digestion untreated. I work with clients just like you to find the cause of their digestive disorders. Together we will find you the best personalised solution that can help you regain your health.


Creamy Pie Filling

Creamy Pie Filling

This dairy-free version of a creamy pie filling is a great tasting alternative to heavy cream based sauces. It’s so delicious and can be enjoyed by itself with a side of rice or steamed greens, or made into a pie filling.

Anti-inflammatory and anti-viral

Chicken is high in protein, which is required for muscle building and healthy hormone production. Coconut is anti-inflammatory and anti-viral to help promote a healthy immune system. As an added bonus, the vegetables in this dish provide your bodies with nutrients to help stop getting sick.


3 tbsp. olive oil 1 brown onion diced 1 carrot grated 1 zucchini grated 500 grams chicken cubed 1 corn cob Half head Broccoli 1 tbsp. homemade vegetable stock 2 tbsp. arrowroot flour 1 400g can coconut milk ½ cup frozen peas


Place olive oil, onion, carrot and zucchini into a large frying pan and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the peas and cook for 20 minutes over medium head, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat and stir through peas.

Serve with brown rice

Serves 2 Adults and 2 kids

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