Live Happy Eat Dirty – Episode 10 – Tame your irritated gut – IBS special

On today’s podcast, we’re talking about one of the most common problems to affect the gut – and what we can do about it to make IBS less irritating… as a lifelong sufferer, Dirty Diet and 5:2 author Kate shares what she’s learned about calming a sensitive gut, while registered dietitian Helen Phadnis looks at medical and diet approaches to improving this common and distressing condition.

We cover everything from low-FODMAP diets to peppermint tea (and the stronger version, oil capsules, which as Kate reports can have unexpected effects). We also chat about the mental connection to IBS and how to improve that without feeling responsible or even more stressed out. 

To find out more about low-FODMAP diets and find a trained dietitian, visit the King’s College site.  

Helen offers consultations via her website, in person or online via video.

You can try yoga poses which may help with IBS.

This is a user-friendly guide to research on the pros and cons of trying to improve IBS with probiotics.

Kate used Vivomixx (which is basically the same as #VSL 3 but a little cheaper) to help her IBS:  read more.


Kate’s Dirty Diet plan has lots of ideas to improve gut health and lose weight.

You can buy The Dirty Diet book here for UK delivery.

Or here for international delivery.

Important Note:

This podcast is for information only and is not intended as medical advice, or as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. There are some people who shouldn’t follow fast: children and teenagers, and pregnant or breast-feeding women. If you take medication have a pre-existing medical condition, including Type 2 diabetes, you should talk to your doctor before making any dietary changes. In addition, anyone with a history of eating disorders should definitely not undertake this without talking to their doctor or specialist.