As part of my work as a registered dietitian I chose to specialize in the field of Gastroenterology. I find our digestive system to be both complex and fascinating, where there can be different solutions to the same problem. The nutritional therapy in digestive problems is unique and tailor-made for each patient; it requires supervised trial and error. The biggest advantage the nutritional therapy can offer is in improving the patient’s quality of life and rejoice in food.
There are a verity of gastrointestinal disease and symptoms such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and colitis), Irritable Bowel, celiac disease, diarrhea, constipation, gas and bloating, heartburn, reflux and so on. Although for most, food itself isn’t the cause of the symptoms or the disease, but nutritional changes can definitely ease those symptoms. The problem is that sometimes people choose to “accept” their condition instead of making nutritional adjustments to ease it. In addition, some people choose to “deal” with their condition by avoiding large group of foods. The wisdom is not to exclude all the foods that might be problematic rather than identifying those truly problematic ones, and regaining the trust in food and eating.
NUTRITION-BIOFEEDBACK APPROACH TO TREATING IRRITABLE BOWEL
As part of understanding the central role our mind, and especially stress, plays in irritable bowel symptoms, I chose to expand my therapeutic tool box through studying Biofeedback combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at Bar Ilan University.
This approach combines two acceptable methods in the treatment of irritable bowel: The nutritional treatment and the emotional treatment. Together we get a wider understanding of the condition which enables us to offer better synergistic response to irritable bowel symptoms and improving quality of life.