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There is help out there, you need to make changes!

Hi there,

Having read many blogs on this site I feel compelled to write a blog.

In a nutshell you can improve your health as with any illness but it is about change and listening to your body, removing the strain etc. I feel that the answer is not in taking medication - which I do not condone but it will not get to the root of the problem it will only help with the symptoms at the most.

I believe you need to take a natural approach - eating the way nature intended, no convenience or refined foods, addressing your diet/fluids/lifestyle, a therapist may suggest keeping a diary of the offending foods or testing for food intolerances since there will possibly be a lot of issue with food intolerances.

I could keep writing here all day but my advice to you is to look at your body in a different way - it has all the resources inside and if it is not happy it will alert you to this. I know it is not easy for I have too been here myself, suffering with IBS and candida for many years. Then I got interested in complimentary side to health and nutrition and trained as a nutritional naturopathic therapist. I urge many of you to consider seeing a nutritional therapist/healer - look them up and check their qualifications as there are different types of people out there.

If you want to talk to me privately you can email me lisatomlinson98@yahoo.co.uk and I can advise you about this approach - you can check me out under: nutritionist-resource.org.uk (I am the first person listed under Farnborough). This website also has lots of interesting information and articles written by therapists.

I am happy to give you some free advice should you need it and I wish you luck!

Lisa x:)

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I agree in part with the natural approach because I don't think it is generally good for health to be eating things with ingredient we can't pronounce. Unfortunately I don't believe that it is the sole solution for everyone. I don't eat convenience/refined foods but I also have to avoid most fruit and vegetables in a raw state. I exercise and eat well but to be honest, it has made virtually no impact!


Hi there,

In all due respect I understand what you are saying totally! but your vitality is low due to the progression of this disorder - I would not recommend you start eating raw fruit and veg as you will not have the enzymes to break these down and it will be too much for your body. Seeing a good therapist is much more than just introducing a healthy diet - I cannot speak for everyone here but hence I say a good therapist!

I know how frustrating this illness is as I have suffered it and I also know there is another way forward. I am not avocading everyone follow me but I am saying that this is a route I believe in and I get results with other people. A good therapist will educate and support you and that is more than some people get from the medical profession. The pills may help some people they are all treating the symptoms - you need to get to the cause, if orthodox medicine helps you then so be it but what I am saying is there is another way - no matter what the disease/label! Good luck with what you choose



I've been diagnosed with IBS this year and although I haven't altered my diet specifically to deal with the symptoms of IBS I have made some alterations and cut down drastically what I am eating simply because I've been depressed (for known reasons). The result has been gradual weight loss, I finally am getting rid of my stomach and my IBS has been much less. My usual diet consists of water, diet pepsi and ordinary white coffee with one sugar (the only time I've been eating sugar) all morning, then gradually eating fruit, one simple meal in the evening, today roast chicken, roast potatoes and carrots, often an omlette or fish with salad or similar, then grazing all evening on fruit instead of the sweets, crisps, biscuits, etc that I used to eat. Sometimes I have a yoghurt in the evening as well. I'm also taking a multivite just in case I'm missing out on anything, particularly calcium as I have fibromyalgia and mild osteoarthritis. I'm not suggesting this way of eating is great, it's simply what I've found myself doing due to the sadness and low mood, but my IBS symptoms have been greatly reduced. I think one benefit has been cutting out the milky drinking chocolate that I used to have most mornings, also the sweets (although I do sometimes have a minor binge on those) and having lots of fruit which has been easy all summer. I've noticed now that if I do have a milky drink it does tend to go straight through me, similarly on the odd occasion when I've bought a supermarket sandwich or McDonalds I've been rushing to the loo within the hour, constipated for several visits, then like a plug released chronic diarhoea for several more visits. I've learned what is helping me, but would be interested in general advice from the nurtitionist. There is a dietician not far away but the only reason I haven't seen her is because I've heard that she generally recommends cutting out all foods and then gradually introducing certain groups of foods and I'm really not interested in putting that much effort into thinking about what I eat!


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