IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

SPECIALISING IN IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS) IN SINGAPORE

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastro-intestinal disorder that has significant impact on a person’s quality of life. Symptoms of IBS include: cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation, or both.

Most people with IBS experience times when the symptoms are worse and times when the symptoms improve or completely disappear. In general, it is a condition that is not cured but requires long-term management. IBS causes digestive discomfort but generally does not cause inflammation and does not increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer.

For most people, IBS can be well managed through diet, lifestyle and, if required, stress management. The low FODMAP diet is a relatively new evidence-based approach that helps people with IBS identify which foods are well tolerated and which foods are not. This diet is accepted and recommended as one of the most effective dietary therapies for IBS, with a success rate approaching 75%. I began implementing the low FODMAP diet and additional supporting strategies since its inception. Together, we work through the testing phase, identifying the categories of food that trigger the symptoms. I then build an eating style that minimizes IBS symptoms, is easy to maintain and is healthy.

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

BD – Olympic Athlete

after nearly a decade of fuelling myself with just about any simple energy source and getting away with it, stepping away from the 2000 Olympic Games and competition and into a corporate life really made me think about what I eat and how I feel to drive performance. New circumstances means longer hours, less sleep and a less disciplined diet together with coffee and alcohol. There’s a good chance I’ve lived with the symptoms of IBS for a long time so I owe a lot to Naras who was able to re-set my stomach and get my gut under control

Janet H – Researcher:

Naras mapped out a food strategy for me after my doctor had recommended I try a FODMAP diet to combat fatigue and pain associated with IBS. His advice was practical, informative and reassuring. What for me was a revolution was for him quite normal. He proposed a realistic regime of eating, working within the FODMAP structure, which enabled me to stabilise my weight, overcome fatigue & minimise pain & bloating associated with IBS. I never really appreciated that I had food sensitivities and intolerances. And poor eating habits. I do now. As Naras commented, the objective is for change at the grassroots level. Through food. Through good eating. And helping my body  better absorb nutrients. My health back in my hands.

MK – Business Owner

I’m a competitive cyclist who heavily relies on good nutrition and healthy lifestyle to compete at  the highest level. For over a year I have suffered all the symptoms of IBS.  I have been to more than 5 doctors who all had a different diagnosis.  I was advised to make ALL kinds of dietary changes:  don’t eat this, don’t eat that, too much of this and too much of that….NOTHING WORKED !  I became borderline depressed as this problem was affecting my social life and my cycling performance.

When I made an appointment with Naras, I was sceptical at first because over the past year I had tried everything .  Dr Naras Lapsys made his diagnosis and gave a specific eating plan which was very easy to stick to. The upset stomach, cramps and bloating stopped immediately.  My athletic performance has dramatically improved to the point where my coach and team mates have noticed.