Q: “I often find that I have a bloated stomach and sometimes it is gassy and uncomfortable (particularly after a meal) – is this Irritable Bowel Syndrome? And if so, how can I treat it?”
Sarah, via email
A: Accredited Practising Dietitian Maddison Fox writes:
“The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) or gut has an important role in the digestion and absorption of nutrients from food. There are many disorders that affect the proper functioning of the GIT – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) being one of them. The most common symptoms of all of these disorders include altered bowel habits (diarrhoea/constipation), bloating, lower abdominal pain and wind.
If you experience any of these symptoms frequently, see your GP. He or she will test you for a variety of conditions before settling on a diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with IBS, working with a dietitian is a great way to understand more about your individual problem foods and ways to systematically manage your symptoms.”