Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome Through the Brain-Gut Connection with Desiree Nielsen, RD


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Episode Summary

Desiree is a registered dietitian with a focus on plant-based nutrition and gut health, host of The Allsorts Podcast, and author of Good For Your Gut a bestselling cookbook on digestive health. Her practice focus is complex, chronic digestive and inflammatory disease and plant-based approaches to optimal health. In this episode, we talk about irritable bowel syndrome—what it is, its symptoms and severity, how we diagnose it, and how you can manage it through the brain-gut connection. She talks about patient-centered care and the need to personalize a nutrition plan for patients, meeting them where they are at and figuring out a course of treatment that works for each individual.

Desiree also breaks down the FODMAPs diet, explaining the types of carbohydrates behind the acronym. We discuss the challenge of identifying low FODMAPs foods and combining single low FODMAPs ingredients into a meal. Resources she recommends include the app produced by Monash University to find low FODMAPs foods (, and low FODMAP recipes on her website and in her book. Listen to learn other mind-gut approaches and the importance of feeding the gut microbiome because of its influences on the gut’s enteric nervous system.

Resources from Desiree Nielsen, RD

The Allsorts Podcast

good for your gut cookbook



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