FODMAPs is an acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. This refers to a group of dietary sugars found in many common foods that we eat such as specific dairy products, wheat and other grains, fruits and vegetables. FODMAP sugars are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and reach the large intestine where they produce gas and attract water. While the FODMAPs are poorly absorbed in all people, those with IBS are known to be particularly sensitive to the effects of the undigested sugars.
A Low FODMAP diet is used to control the abdominal discomfort & symptoms of IBS.
Once symptom relief has been achieved by removing the FODMAP foods, then individual sugars are tested by challenges. The challenges determine which sugars can safely be introduced back into the diet.
Please note that working with FODMAPs and food intolerance symptoms is complex. I can assist you in understanding it and finding a balance between living & eating. Together, we can find a resolution to many of the distressing symptoms caused by FODMAPs.
WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS? DO I NEED THEM?
Probiotics are “live microorganisms which produce a health benefit when administered in adequate amounts.” Probiotics help to restore the balance of ‘good bacteria’ in the intestines and help maintain a healthy gut. They can help reduce bloating, flatulence, gas and discomfort caused by overgrowth of yeasts or ‘bad’ bacteria. They also produce specific fatty acids that feed the cells lining the gut keeping them healthy, and they help boost our immune function.
What are some ‘Probiotic-rich foods’?
Probiotic-rich foods include yoghurt, kefir, kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut. Eating these foods is recommended but is only part of the solution. It’s also important to feed your gut microbes with fermentable prebiotic fibre.
Prebiotic fibre foods include garlic, onion, leek, barley, cooked and cooled potatoes, pasta, rye and wheat. This food will keep your gut microbes well-nourished so they in turn can work to keep you healthy.
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