CHLOE MCLEOD | Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Sports Dietitian
On today’s Show, we speak with Chloe McLeod, an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Sports Dietitian who loves motivating her clients to make health changes to be the best they can be. Chloe specialises in nutrition for arthritis and inflammatory joint disease, irritable bowel syndrome (particularly the FODMAP approach) and food intolerance, and sports nutrition. She also greatly enjoys working with people for weight management, inflammatory bowel disease, cholesterol, diabetes and eating disorders.
Chloe currently works with private clients and in corporate health in Sydney, runs her online program ‘The FODMAP Challenge‘, along with the women’s cycling team Roxsolt Attaquer, and triathlon team MaccaX, having previously worked with the Rabbitoh’s NRL U20s squad.
Chloe also currently sits on the board for Sports Dietitian’s Australia.
“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” – Isaac Asimov
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Background – Gut Health
The Low FODMAP diet was developed by researchers at Monash University. The Monash team, led by Professor Peter Gibson, provided the first evidence that a Low FODMAP diet improves IBS symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder affecting one in seven Australian adults and is also common in the USA, Europe and many Asian countries. IBS is characterised by chronic and relapsing symptoms; lower abdominal pain and discomfort, bloating, wind, distension and altered bowel habit (ranging from diarrhea to constipation) but with no abnormal pathology. The diagnosis of IBS should be made by a medical practitioner.
IBS & Leaky Gut
Sometimes a certain condition that has been affecting the body for a long time may turn out to be a symptom of another underlying problem that has gone undiagnosed.
For the millions of people who suffer from IBS, there is no known “cure” for the condition. Their symptoms often keep coming back, and the only solution is to treat the symptoms and follow a way of life that will reduce their exposure to triggers as much as possible.
Medical researchers continue to work on finding out the possible cause of IBS so that better treatment can be developed. One such finding is that it is very possible the underlying cause of IBS is actually leaky gut syndrome.
Leaky gut syndrome is itself a medical mystery. It is characterized by inflammation of the lining in the intestines. Symptoms can include gas, bloating, abdominal cramps and pain, and sensitivities to certain foods. The gut is where the body’s immune system develops, and there is still a lot to be learned about this area.
The Second Brain
Can gut bacteria influence mental health? There is a medical revolution underway with the potential to treat a range of behavioural and mood disorders, including autism, ADHD, MS and Alzheimer’s disease. A growing number of scientists now believe that it is important not to ignore digestive issues because they see the gut as our second brain. There is an intricate relationship between the gut microbiome and the brain, and factors such early exposure to antibiotics, and consumption of the wrong foods, can throw this dangerously out of balance.