Have you been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or experiencing bloating, excess wind, gas, abdominal discomfort, constipation or diarrhea?
You may benefit from undertaking a Low FODMAP Elimination Diet to gain better control of your symptoms
WHAT IS A LOW FODMAP DIET?
A medical recognised diet for the effective treatment for people with symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is a functional gastrointestinal disorder, meaning it causes disturbances in the function of the gut without having any identifiable physical features. The low FODMAP diet has been shown to assist many people in the reduction of IBS symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, wind and abdominal pain.
WHAT ARE FODMAPS & why do they affect people?
FODMAPs are short chain carbohydrates found in a variety of different foods that are rapidly fermented and have a high osmotic effect. FODMAPs are poorly absorbed by people with IBS due to a number of factors. This can lead to a spectrum of gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, wind (flatulence), discomfort, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and/or constipation.
FODMAPs is an acronym for:
Oligosaccharides (fructans and galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS))
Polyols (sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and maltitol)
It is important to recognise that individuals with IBS may not be sensitive to all FODMAP’s. You may be affected by one, or you may be affected by several. The effects of FODMAPs are cumulative. That is, the degree of symptoms not only depends on the amount of an individual FODMAP consumed, but depends on the amount of total FODMAPs consumed. For example, if you cannot digest lactose or fructose well and eat a meal which contains some lactose, fructose, some polyols and GOS, the effect on the bowel will be four times greater.
HOW DOES the low fodmap diet WORK?
If a FODMAP intolerance is suspected you will be placed on a FODMAP Elimination diet which will then be followed by a series of “food challenges” which help pinpoint which group of foods play a role in your symptoms (and just as importantly which ones don't!). I will then help you to work out your own individual tolerance to the problem foods, so that your diet can be less restrictive and easier to follow.
Ultimately food intolerances should be about moderation in the long-term, not complete restriction. You only need to restrict initially to work out what you need to moderate. Once the problem foods and your individual tolerance level have been identified, I will work with you to build a healthy balanced diet that is nutritionally adequate so you aren't missing out on important nutrients when you take out certain foods.
If you are interested in trying the Low FODMAP Diet you can choose to complete The Food Intolerance Program which will guide you through the whole process or you can do individual consultations to get you set up and headed in the right direction.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.