A customized meal plan can end a 10 year old struggle with IBS completely
CASE STUDY & SUCCESS STORIES
Age: 38 years
BMI: 22.8 kg/m2
Case History: Prakash has been suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for almost 10 years. It started when he was in the US. His digestive issue began as a result of inconsistent meal timings and ongoing work stress, which led to variable pains and irregularly timed toilet visits. His everyday job productivity was impaired by the abrupt pain and unpredictable washroom cycles. He was unable to identify the meals that were causing the unpredictable and erratic washroom cycles, his stress levels grew even higher. He made multiple visits to doctors and tried a lot of medical treatments to reduce his IBS symptoms but in vain. Living with a persistent "fear of the unknown" further limited his mobility and social interactions, which added to his stress level. His IBS problem worsened as a result of COVID two years ago, which had a significant negative influence on his general gut health and well-being.
Analysis by best clinical nutritionist in Telangana, India: Blood reports suggested severe Vitamin B12 deficiency and in our conversation with him, he didn’t know the foods that he should eat and avoid for his IBS condition. Both these conditions further aggravated his IBS condition.
Approach by best clinical nutritionist in Telangana, India- At first, we offered him a short list of foods from low FODMAP that we were confident would not aggravate his IBS. We asked him to seek medical guidance to address severe Vitamin B12 deficiency. To help him identify potential triggers, we started with a few food categories in the Low FODMAP and gradually added one new food at a time to his normal diet. We also offered him natural B12-boosting meals to support the health of his digestive system. To improve his gut health, we also gradually added pre-biotics like raw banana powder and pro-biotics like hemp milk, curd, bone broth, and aloe to his daily diet. We ensured he got adequate gut-friendly protein to revive the enzymatic production to aid in strengthening the gut. We also gave him sufficient alkalizing food in the form of vegetables, and fruits to offset the potential acidity that protein could create in his body. The provided meal plan was suitable for his tastes and easy for him to make at home. He would visit the washroom between 4 and 5 times at the beginning of the program but this decreased from five to two per day after following the diet for a few weeks. He found it easier to organize the rest of the day as his washroom cycles happened before breakfast.
Results: Prakash learned to understand the foods that triggered him. For the first time in 10 years, he has not had any IBS episodes. He is now able to tolerate more food items that he had difficulty tolerating earlier like bell peppers. He started feeling more energetic, his bloating completely vanished and feels lighter after consuming meals. He enjoyed his recent foreign trip as he was able to tolerate all the foods and there were no disruptions during his journey. His overall anxiety has reduced and his productivity at work improved significantly. He now feels much more at ease because he can finally control his IBS problem, which has existed for ten years.
Deepika Chalasani is a Clinical Nutritionist, Mind and Body Transformation Coach and co-founder of Fit4Life India, an integrated nutrition and wellness organization for Indians that provides complete solutions, addressing health and wellness challenges of individuals by working on their overall well-being. Deepika, best nutritionist in Hyderabad for weight loss and online dietician can be contacted via email@example.comMobile+919381525943
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