Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a gut disorder which often involves the presence and varying severity of one or more of the following symptoms:
Bowel dysfunction (loose bowels, constipation or a fluctuation between the two)
1 in 6 people experience symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and these can develop at any age, usually between the ages of 15 and 40. Quality of life for people with particularly troublesome symptoms, especially abdominal cramps, bloating, and urgent diarrhoea can be severely affected.
Managing the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of IBS you should visit your GP to rule out any underlying medical conditions. If the condition persists, it may be a good opportunity to take a closer look at your diet. Treatment for symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome usually focuses on changes in diet and lifestyle, avoiding foods that trigger inflammation, and managing stress.
As individuals, our reactions to foods and drinks we consume varies a great deal. An ingredient which may cause problems for one person could be completely acceptable for another. At YorkTest, we like to refer to this as our personal ‘food fingerprint’.
For those with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, discovering and understanding your own personal food and drink intolerances and the effects they have on your health and wellbeing is important to ensure you make the best possible choices to optimise your diet and quality of life. Identifying and eliminating these specific foods from your diet can be an important step forward to improve your digestive function.
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The Results Speak for Themselves
The University of York conducted a survey* to help understand the benefits of elimination diets based on the results of a food intolerance test.
Out of the 777 people who reported experiencing IBS symptoms, 84% reported an improvement having removed their ‘trigger’ foods. We define these as foods which show a positive IgG reaction to antibodies in the blood.
Overall in the study, 76% of people who rigorously followed the recommended diet reported a benefit, 68% of which experienced this after 3 weeks.
Main Condition Reported
% of people who reported a benefit
Low Energy e.g. Fatigue, Lethargy
Gastrointestinal e.g. IBS, Bloating etc
Respiratory e.g. Asthma, Sinusitis, Rhinitis
Neurological e.g. Migraine, Headaches, ME
Dermatological e.g. Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis
Musculoskeletal e.g. Arthritis, Joint Aches & Pains
Psychological e.g. Depression, Anxiety
Information provided above regarding Food Intolerance (defined by YorkTest as a food specific IgG reaction) is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. YorkTest do not claim to treat or cure the aforementioned symptoms and recommend that you discuss any medical concerns you have with a GP before undertaking a YorkTest programme.
*Survey carried out with a total of 5286 people who had taken the YorkTest – or to give it its scientific name - a food-specific IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) blood test.