Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, Polyols

For some people, FODMAPS are a problem. FODMAPS are sugars that are hard to digest, and the consequence is they move slowly through the digestive tract, fermenting, and increasing the water content of the bowel, causing inflammation, cramping and wind. This increase in water and gas through the fermenting process causes the bowel to stretch and become uncomfortable. These are the symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). People who have IBS can experience pain and discomfort as the sensitivity of the intestinal tract increases. 

Trying a low FODMAP diet can help alleviate these symptoms and show the sufferer some foods to avoid and the foods to include for long term health.

The Diet:

Step 1

The elimination part of the diet. This is done until there are no symptoms for at least a week.

Step 2

The reintroduction. This takes the longest due to increasing each fodmap over three days, then having washout days before the next fodmap is introduced. If there is a reaction to any particular fodmap, notes are taken of what types and the quantity is taken, then the washout days are implemented.

Step 3

This involves establishing your longer-term personalised FODMAP diet. Once your triggers and food intolerance have been investigated, reintroducing FODMAPS that are tolerated well and avoiding ONLY the trigger foods. 

It is important to remember that FODMAP tolerance can change over time, so if there are foods you didn't tolerate in your initial diet, try again in a few months to see if anything has changed.

Want to know more about how I can help guide you through the FODMAP diet, You can book a free 15-minute phone appointment or email an enquiry