Sarah’s Story

12th July 2018 / Kirsten Jackson

Client Stories, Food Intolerance, IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, dietitian, food allergy, gut health, manchester
Sarah is a recent client we have had at The Food Treatment Clinic and hopefully by sharing her story it will illustrate how seeing a dietitian could help you. Background Sarah came to see us complaining of digestive health problems which had started many years ago. She reported a self-diagnosed lactose intolerance and said that

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Evidence Week – A Dietitian at Houses of Parliament

27th June 2018 / Kirsten Jackson

Uncategorized, dietitian, manchester
This week marks the first of its kind  – week dedicated to evidence. From the 25th to the 28th of June there are activities across the country to celebrate the need and use of evidence. Why Is Evidence So Important In Dietetics? As dietitians, we use scientific evidence to provide nutrition advice. By doing this,

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Eosinophilic Esophagitis

12th June 2018 / Kirsten Jackson

Allergies, Digestive Health, EoE, Eosinophilic esophagitis, dietitian, dysphagia, food allergy, gut health, manchester
Introduction Eosinophilic Oesophagitis (EoE) is a rare allergic condition which can affect both adults and children. EoE is triggered by having an allergic response to certain foods. When you consume the food, inflammation occurs in your oesophagus, leading to symptoms. What Are The Symptoms of Eosinophilic Oesophagitis? In adults, dysphagia (inability to swallow) and food getting

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Slow Gut Transit Constipation – What To Eat

17th March 2018 / Kirsten Jackson

Digestive Health, constipation, dietitian, slow transit
What Is Slow Gut Transit Constipation? Slow transit constipation is just one type of constipation. It occurs when the muscles in the colon do not work correctly, leading to constipation (1). Symptoms can include the following (1); pain blood in stools bloating or distension straining when opening bowels Sometimes it can be so difficult for

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Allergy & Free From Show 2017 Liverpool – Q & A

5th November 2017 / Kirsten Jackson

Testing, allergyshow, dietitian
This weekend – Saturday the 4th of November, I was lucky enough to be invited to The Allergy & Free From Show in Liverpool to do a talk. With an estimated 13,000 people over the 2 days of the show, it was set to be a busy one! I decided to do my talk on

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Vitamin D Supplements

9th October 2017 / Kirsten Jackson

#VitaminD, Belfast, dietitian, vitamins
In 2016 the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) released their new report on vitamin D. In this report, they concluded that all adults in the UK should consider taking vitamin D supplements in the winter months (1). What Is Vitamin D? Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which is important for healthy bones, teeth and

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What Are Prebiotics & Should You Be Taking Them?

5th October 2017 / Kirsten Jackson

Digestive Health, IBS, Microbiome, dietitian, guthealth, prebiotics
What Are Prebiotics? Prebiotics are non-digestible, food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon and thus improve host health (1). WHAT? I hear you say!….. In other words, prebiotics are a form of fibre found in some foods,

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Leaky Gut Syndrome – Real or Not?

27th September 2017 / Kirsten Jackson

Digestive Health, Myth Busting, Uncategorized, dietitian, guthealth, leakygutsyndrome
Leaky gut syndrome is becoming an ever more popular diagnosis by many alternative health practitioners. But, what is leaky gut syndrome, is it a real condition and what should you do about it? As a specialist gut health dietitian, I get asked about leaky gut syndrome all the time. So, I have written this article

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‘Oh So Lean’ Product Review

20th September 2017 / Kirsten Jackson

NI, Recipe, Recipes, dietitian, gluten free, glutenfree, sausages
Oh So Lean is a Northern Ireland based company who produce a range of healthier and free from (including gluten free) meat based foods. I recently met Connor Morgan, one of the founders of ‘Oh So Lean’ whilst at a gluten free food show in Belfast. He kindly gave me some of his products and

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Coeliac Disease, Oats & Avenin – to eat or not?

14th September 2017 / Kirsten Jackson

Coeliac Disease, Digestive Health, Uncategorized, coeliacdisease, dietitian, gluten free, glutenfree, guthealth
Introduction Avenin is a protein that has a similar chemical structure to the protein, gluten and so some people coeliac disease who react to gluten will also react to avenin. This article outlines who with coeliac disease the avenin protein affects, what foods it is in and how to find out if you are one

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