FODMAP Diet

The FODMAP Diet

fodmap-dietA low FODMAP diet is a diet low in Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols.  These are types of carbohydrates that are rapidly fermented in the gut. It is a relatively new dietary approach for the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms and was pioneered in Melbourne, Australia. It has been researched for a number of years and been shown to be effective in treating gut symptoms such as bloating, wind, abdominal pain and an altered bowel habit. The diet involves restricting various foods including those grains, fruits and vegetables that are high in FODMAPs.

Studies have shown that the Low FODMAP diet can improve IBS symptoms by around 75%.  In practice my percentage rate has been higher at around 85%.

I was trained by King’s College London to practice the Low FODMAP’s diet back in 2013.  In this time I have gained masses of  experience with clients delivering this specialists IBS treatment and  programmes with great results.

How do FODMAPs affect IBS symptoms?

FODMAP molecules are poorly absorbed in the small intestine of the digestive tract, these molecules then continue their journey along the digestive tract, arriving at the large intestine, where they act as a food source to the bacteria that live there normally.

The bacteria then digest/ ferment these FODMAPs and can cause symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome i.e diarrhoea, constipation, wind, bloating, urgency, nausea, pain etc.

 

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How the Low FODMAP diet works?

There are 3 stages to the Low FODMAP Diet:

  • Elimination (we take ot the high fodmap foods which can last 4-8 weeks depending on symptoms)
  • Challenge (take each group of fodmaps and try them, building up the amounts to see if symptoms return)
  • Food reintroduction (this is when the tolerated FODMAPS are then reintroduced into the diet to see if the layering of the fodmaps brings back symptoms)

*Each stage is vital to go through to complete the process accurately. The NICE guidelines for IBS recommend that anyone wanting to try the Low FODMAP diet should be guided by a trained Low FODMAP dietitian

The low FODMAP diet is a relatively new treatment option.  As such the research is always changing so it is important you are advised accurately by a qualified dietitian.

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