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Low FODMAP diet


Got gas? Bloating? Stomach pain? All of the above? Trust us, it comes with the territory if you have an invisible illness, even if you never really overindulge on food or drink. Indigestion can be a symptom of Lyme, as well as other GI conditions like ulcerative colitis (UC), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder problems, and celiac disease. If you are struggling with any of these conditions, or just looking to alleviate your digestive symptoms, then you may want to give the low FODMAP diet a try. In case you’re ever on Jeopardy, FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharide, disaccharide, monosaccharide, and polyols. That’s definitely a mouthful, but FODMAPs aren’t as hard to understand as they sound: They’re just highly fermentable short-chain carbohydrates. It’s the fermentation that gets people, because unfortunately, the fermenting isn’t taking place in your kitchen (like that kombucha experiment). Nope, it’s happening in your digestive system, which fills your body with gas, causing bloating, and in some cases, cramping and diarrhea. That’s why the low FODMAP diet depends on identifying and eliminating high FODMAP foods. While the list of foods you can and can’t eat is long and quite specific—check out the first two listings under “Learn more” for the full deets—the low FODMAP diet is definitely worth a try. (If you find conflicting information between sources, don’t stress! That’s because the science of FODMAP categorization is continually evolving.) Give it at least two or three weeks to see if your digestive symptoms improve. But keep in mind that this diet isn’t meant to be permanent. Many of the foods in the “skip” category are healthy and play an important role in maintaining a well-balanced diet. And even if you find low FODMAP eating reduces your symptoms, you and your practitioner still need to get to the bottom of why you’ve got these symptoms to begin with.

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The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet: A Revolutionary Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive Disorders

A diet plan proven to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders—presented by the world’s leading experts and tailored to you “A must-have survival guide”—Gerard E. Mullin, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Integrative GI Nutrition Services at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine “What can I do to feel better?” For years, millions of adults who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have asked this question, often to be met with scientifically unfounded or inadequate advice. The low-FODMAP diet is the long-awaited answer. In clinical trials, over three quarters of people with chronic digestive symptoms gain significant relief by reducing their intake of FODMAPs—difficult-to-digest carbs found in foods such as wheat, milk, beans, soy, and certain fruits, vegetables, nuts, and sweeteners. In The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet, Sue Shepherd and Peter Gibson explain what causes digestive distress, how the low-FODMAP diet helps, and how to: • Identify and avoid foods high in FODMAPs • Develop a personalized and sustainable low-FODMAP diet • Shop, menu plan, entertain, travel, and eat out with peace of mind • Follow the program if you have IBS, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or diabetes, and if you eat a vegetarian, vegan, low-fat, or dairy-free diet. And, with 80 delicious low-FODMAP, gluten-free recipes, you can manage your symptoms, feel great, and eat well—for life.

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Functional Medicine Research with Dr. Nikolas Hedberg: The Low FODMAP Diet

What are FODMAPs and how do I follow a low FODMAP diet? FODMAPs or Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols are a specific type of carbohydrate found in certain foods that you must avoid if you are following a low FODMAP diet. The family of FODMAPs include: Lactose from dairy products. Fructans: garlic, onions, wheat etc. Galactans: legumes such as lentils, beans, soybeans etc. Fructose: honey, certain fruits, high fructose corn syrup etc. Polyols: stone fruits such as avocados, peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, nectarines etc. and sweeteners such as xylitol, sorbitol, mannitol. Why should you follow a low FODMAP diet? FODMAPs create a few problems for your intestines that lead to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and digestive system problems. The following symptoms can be caused by FODMAPs: Gas Bloating Abdominal pain & discomfort Abdominal cramps Fatigue Weight gain with difficulty losing weight Feeling like you don’t completely empty your bowel when you have a movement Alternating constipation and diarrhea Inconsistently formed stools such as random changes in size, shape and color Passing mucus Sometimes feeling hungry shortly after meals Fatigue after meals Brain fog How does this happen? FODMAPs draw a lot of water into your intestine which contributes to some of the symptoms listed above. Additionally, FODMAPs are not digested well and poorly absorbed which results in fermentation of the food that you eat. When your food ferments in the intestine, it causes the above symptoms as well. Why can’t you digest them well? If you have taken a lot of antibiotics throughout your life then you may have too many bacteria in your small intestine or abnormal bacterial colonies in your large intestine. Normally, the large intestine has a lot more bacteria than the small intestine; but if this shifts due to antibiotics and poor diet then you won’t be able to tolerate FODMAPs very well. If there is bacterial overgrowth in your small intestine known as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), then there will be rapid digestion and fermentation of the food you eat which leads to your digestive system problems. This can be compounded by yeast overgrowth and/or intestinal parasites. Beans are a classic example of a FODMAP that has had many jokes made about their connection with gas. The gas produced by beans is a result of their fermentation in the bowels due to problems with gut bacteria. Not everyone gets gas from beans which means they are a great indicator of healthy gut bacteria. How long should you follow the low FODMAP diet? This depends on your current situation and what your doctor prescribes. Most individuals stay on it for approximately 2-6 weeks and then begin restoring healthy gut bacteria with specific prebiotic and probiotic-rich foods. The great thing about the low FODMAP diet is that you don’t need to be on it for very long to restore healthy digestive system function. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic or herbal medicines to suppress the growth of bacteria in the small intestine during this diet. If your stool analysis shows yeast overgrowth or parasites then this diet will be extremely helpful for that as well. The healthier your gut bacteria, the better you will be at fighting infections in the intestine. Can I combine the ketogenic diet with the Low FODMAP Diet? Yes. All you have to do is follow the ketogenic diet and eliminate any FODMAPs that are listed on the ketogenic diet. The purpose of combining the two would be to burn more fat, reduce inflammation and to reverse insulin resistance. How do I get started? Simply start eating low FODMAP foods and small amounts of moderate FODMAPs. I have found a number of excellent resources for you to help with your low FODMAP diet. You can download this free handout provided by Ohio State University which should get you started right away.


SIBO Made Simple: FODMAP WTF: A Complete Guide to Life Without Fermentable Carbs with Kate Scarlata

Over the last 5 years, the low FODMAP approach has become the gut healing diet du jour, with everyone from naturopaths to conventional MD’s prescribing it for IBS relief. On today’s episode we get into the nitty gritty of what eliminating fermentable carbs from your life actually looks like, the healing potential for your SIBO, and how this diet can effect your long-term gut health for better or for worse. If Allison Siebecker, our guest on episode 1, is the queen of SIBO, Kate Scarlata is definitely the queen of FODMAP’s. She’s been writing out this dietary approach for IBS and creating tons of research on her site since long before people like myself were aware of it. She is also the author of several books, her latest of which is called The Low FODMAP Diet Step by Step. A quick taste of what we’ll cover: What the FODMAP acronym stands for Fructose malabsorption and why it effects people with SIBO more than others How to navigate the complicated ingredient lists for low FODMAP quantities Kate’s tips for keeping the flavor in your meals without garlic and onion Her strategies for reintroducing these ingredients back into your diet without fear What really constitutes a failed test or on-going insensitivity and what other milder symptoms might mean about your SIBO recovery And so much more... Resources, Mentions and Notes: Kate’s website Kate’s book, The Low FODMAP Diet Step by Step Monash’s Appfor low FODMAP food portions Fody Foods’ low FODMAP condiments and sauces My free e-cookbook, Healthy Weeknight low FODMAP Meals My course with a month-long low FODMAP meal plan: 4 Weeks to Wellness My post that summarizes a lot of these strategies: The Best Diet and Lifestyle Choices to Heal, Treat… Join the SIBO Made Simple Facebook Community Page This episode is brought to you by Fody Foods, my favorite resource for condiments, sauces and spice blends that are low FODMAP and use real ingredients to promote digestive health. Everything is Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, non-GMO, and most importantly, delicious. The garlic-infused oil and tomato-basil sauce are my personal favorites. Use code SIBOMADESIMPLE at checkout for 15 percent off your order! For more info on each episode, plus gluten-free (low FODMAP) recipes, healthy living tips, and more, visit https://www.feedmephoebe.com. Follow at @phoebelapine on Instagram for more daily insights and lessons.

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