FODMAPs: Could common foods be harming your digestive health?


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I experienced relief from my symptoms within days. Now I am adding back some foods and seeing what causes the symptoms…. I most definitely have a problem with Fructose and Fructans!!

I am excited to continue and see how things progress with this plan. Thanks to all for the useful information! I have been following a modified meaning I cheat vegetarian diet with occasional chicken and fish.

Red meat brings on other issues not related to IBS. Well, related—but in a different way. However, no beans, no lentils. Healthy people eat such food all the time, without any problem. One has IBS because one has a bowel infection, more often than not caused by a parasitic infection.

They simply do a stool sample sample and rule out. But stool samples often dont contain parasites. They have to be repeated. Doctors think US dont have parasites. All the while people are consuming more and more raw food diets, including salads imported from third-world countries. Never listen to those who claim otherwise. You need to approach a good tropical doctor and find out what you have and treat it. Then your IBS will go away. If one was not born with it, one simply got it through an infection.

Gastro doctors are the worst. They have never received any training in parasites. All they treat in the US are symptoms! I agree with everything you have said. The body is burdened by something, but what? Also, being even slightly hypothyroid will lower your immunity and allow pathogens to creep further and further up your digestive tract resulting in all of the SYMPTOMS mentioned above.

You may have a point in saying that IBS is parasitic-induced. I have also ready that it is virally-induced. You mentioned tropical doctors. I would be curious to learn how they treat IBS symptoms. Hi I have candida and I suspect leaky gut, would this fodmap way of eating help heal and decrease candida? Has anyone had what I have and have helped with the fodmap way?

I was following the scd diet and the bone broth and l-Glutamine to heal the gut, well I got insomnia once again? So I stopped and have been sleeping better, I do not know if that was why I could not sleep or not? Your insomnia may be due to histamine intolerance possibly caused by gut dysbiosis. Bone broth can be high in histamine.

Damage to your intestinal mucosal lining and nutritional deficiencies can reduce the production of the diamine oxidase enzyme which breaks down histamine.

Increased gut mast cell degranulation, caused by inflammation, and histamine-producing gut flora can further increase histamine levels internally.

It is worth making sure that your stomach acid levels are not too low and trying to eliminate SIBO. Katri, I am currently on SCD no leaky gut though for frequent severe bloating and gas. I tried elimination diet but my symptoms are so random, it was hard to diagnose what the culprits were I also suffer if I sit for too long or were restrictive clothing. I also suffer from occasional insomnia—but was not aware that candida and insomnia can be related. I got diagnosed with IBS-D about 20 years ago, but the doc at the time just said I had it with little explanation for what it was or how to deal with it.

I thought very little of it then but started taking stuff out of my diet like dairy tried introducing it again with huge pain! I have an issue with animal protein all of it and with nightshade veggies as well, as they all cause varying forms of arthritic pain throughout my body.

It takes about 2 hours for me to feel pain from what I eat, along with the other IBS symptoms. With nightshades tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, capsicum I feel like someone has pounded my left toe with a hammer gout. With animal protein I feel pain in my lower back on the right side that radiates down my right leg to the base of my foot plantar fasciitis. Despite missing out on so many types of food, I feel better when I avoid them and I know my body is better for it in the end.

Ava — I have the exact same problems. What have you found helps you? Leaves me with not much. No such things as an autoimmune disease. It is caused an infection, which is what is not detected. So doctors give bogus names for them. Strep is a co-infection. Oil of oregano and olive leaf extract work really well, along with a variety of NutraMedix tinctures.

Be warned, though, that you have to be in it for the long-haul, about a year of rotating the herbs and being on an anti-EPV diet. The only other thing that has helped in addition to this is addressing my financial challenges stress and also digesting repressed rage with an emotional growth facilitator.

The day I did that my depression and anxiety completely transmuted itself into confidence, love and strength with a clear head beyond my wildest dreams! I had a perforated colon, emergency surgery and developed a deep pelvic abscess two years ago. Have never been able to regain my ability to eat or digest comfortably. If anyone has suggestions- I would be grateful. I do not digest fats well including animal protein, legumes and wheat.

Am wondering about digestive enzymes but which ones? I take Digest Gold by Enzymedica. They are an absolute lifesaver. Thanks so much for this suggestion. Am certainly willing to try Digest Gold. Appreciate you taking the time to reply! I am struggling with many of these issues. I have just begun a low-Fodmap and have been given a script for the antibiotic xifaxan which I hope to fill in the next few days.

I also just picked up Florastor today, however, I would prefer to try one thing at a time to see what actually may be working or harming. It seemed scientifically valid and made sense to me and sheds light on the relationship between FODMAPs, carbohydrate malabsorption, and soluble and insoluble fiber. Starting the fodmat soon. Starting to set up a shopping list. Especially when eating out. Thank you for all of your thoughts. I have learned so much in reading your posts.

I am new to the Paleo diet 3 weeks in and have had IBS almost 20 years. That being said, I began taking Florastor probiotic per my GI 2 years ago and have been very satisfied with it as long as I stay away from certain foods. Does anyone else use Florastor? I was taking the high dollar,keep refrigerated, doctors only place to buy probiotics. No kidding, they do not work,Yikes! I do not want to know! So you mention eggs.

I thought they were okay. Is this an allergy on the side,separate from Fodmaps? She does think I have some sensitivites to chemicals within some foods. IBS has been truly dreadful. After 4 years of it being so bad I had to quit working, my Doctor found Fodmaps last Friday and sent it to me.

After reading the cans and cannots, I was so depressed I cried more than once. Not because I could not have my favorite foods, but because Everything I had been told to do was so terribly wrong. I was adding fiber to get from an average of 20 grams a day to 30 with blackberries,inulin added foods, and every cruciferous vegetable. No more white foods for me, very little meat. Devastating IBS was my reward. Now I am starting on another diet. But four days on this path, a very strict path I might add, and am still nauseous, have diarrhea, and slightly bloated.

God, I hate those words! My question is if I tested negative for celiac and negative for gluten allergy do I still need to go wheat and rye free on the FoDMaP s diet? It took me about weeks to stop feeling nauseous and bloated. You will notice you get longer times between bouts of nausea and then something will trigger it off again and you will be back to square one for a few days. I too went on an ever stricter diet than fodmaps towards the end, this was good because I actually noticed I was getting a lot worse, so it made me really nut out what was the issue.

As mentioned above, probiotics made my IBS much, much worse. Since eliminating probiotics I am so much better, just eggs, and garlic are really no good for me still. I live in Galicia near Vigo and I would love to be intouch with anyone near me who is suffering too, I have given the low fodmap list of foods to lots of people here who have never heard of it , to me it makes such sense, BUT, at 55 what kick started this all off for me,??

With so many different diets out there and so many possible food sensitivities, do you have any recommendations for where to begin for IBS-D? Ok reporting back again. I ended up getting more and more sensitive to food. Then I looked outside my diet for things like supplements. I was taking Vitamin D and probiotics. Since removing probiotics I am able to eat most foods without any issue. I agree and this is rarely talked about. I found that probiotic supplements were a big problem for me.

I tried many, many different kinds, for many years, including ones with strains specifically recommended for IBS, but found IBS symptoms increasing over time.

Then, one day, I ran out of probiotics and was really low on cash. Oddly, I began to feel better. When I started to take probiotic supplements again, I started to feel worse. Now, I no longer take probiotic supplements. I do eat fermented foods on occasion, though, such as greek yogurt, milk kefir and Bubbies pickles….

Maybe it works for some people but it made my life a living hell. What kind of probiotics did you guys use, and were you D or C predominant or alternating? When I started to get worse diarrhea, I thou it was time to change up my probiotics and tried another— wow, worse diarrhea! So I stopped taking probiotics altogether. This April, a dietician advised me to try a certain brand of probiotics containing sacchromyces. So is FOS duh, it was the offending ingredient in the probiotic I switched to in So I started taking Florajen-3 again, and all is well.

This helped me identify trigger foods that had evaded detection by me for more than 15 years. Oranges, grapes, figs, papaya and guava are other fruits which are very effective in promoting digestion as well as improving excretory system to help in smooth bowel movement. Add water, cups a day and drink hot liquids in the morning, to help in removal. Has anyone heard anything about this approach?

Simone- I am also curious about this. I used to eat everything without any issues. I was tested for H-pylori- negative. I am open to other suggestions. The sharp increase in the fiber intake may support certain bacteria and contribute to dysbiosis. If there is a direct sensitivity to something, there is a great treatment approach called AAT Advanced Allergy Therapeutics that very effectively and comfortably can help eliminate food-related and other sensitivities.

And no, I am not an AAT practitioner, just a grateful recipient of the treatment modality: Chris might be familiar with it, since it was created by an american acupuncturist however, it is not an acupuncture treatment. There are definitely some foods on the list that have given me repeated distress, and now I see why. So I think this may have helped cause the problem to begin with, or at least exacerbate it. How did everyone else start off with their symptoms.

I have a feeling it is to do with bacteria, the question is if some bacterial issue is found, what can be done about it…apart from doing these low FODMAPs diets? Has anyone been diagnosed with SIBO, and what were you given? Any reports of how it helped? What about Helicobacter pylori? Anyone being tested for that? I am finishing a course of xifaxan, which my doctor was kind enough to provide me with samples of when insurance refused to cover it.

I had already been on a very restrictive diet for a year because they suspected fructose malabsorption since I was having horrible reactions to almost everything I ate.

Because I did not significantly improve on the elimination diet, and seemed to actually be getting worse, they sent me for the breath testing and found out it is SIBO not FM. My main thing is nausea, lethargy and bloated stomach when triggered. Other major thing that has reduced is migraines and headaches. I had a headache everyday up until the diet, for four weeks straight. Since on diet…very occasionally and they are very minimal.

Anyway, I have noticed an increase in energy, which has gotten me more to do more exercise which is another good thing. One quick comment for all you valiant people suffering with reflux: There is an easy manipulation known by some naturopaths and some chiropractors not all by any means that can fix that problem, at least temporarily, and get rid of reflux that is caused by the hernia. Best of luck to all in their health quest! My daughter developed GI issues at 4 years old after international travel, a long-term course of antibiotics, and a parasite.

There is a lot of confusion about how to implement this protocol, and because foods are being tested on an ongoing basis at Monash Univ. It is very important to keep in mind that individual tolerances vary. Also, and it pains me to write this, elimination of most foods for weeks and then re-introduction of foods carefully, using a food and symptom log, is the most helpful way to determine your triggers.

Our ped gastroenterologist put us on this diet when very few even knew about this protocol in the US, so I had to learn everything myself and then implement it with a little child.

I know more about this diet than any RD in my city. It has been difficult but entirely worth it, and i always recommend that people explore it as an option. Deb, r u eating nuts raw? If so could be problem. Soak the raw nuts and then dehydrate.

Has articles on how to do it. Think elimination is going to be more efficient for me! I tried a preliminary elimination of FODMAPs but food charts are really inconsistent coconut milk for ex is on some good AND bad lists as are peppers and some say soy milk is ok when paleo is very anti soy and so am I.

My baby is in distress and I think my diet can help but I am not confident in the conflicting resources. And what if its tomatoes or nuts causing gas?

I read fats are good for nursing, bad on Fodmap, but Fodmap charts ok salmon. I have been fodmap free for a while and it has really helped.

Any suggestions on non alcoholic fermented foods i can try and introduce to promote good bacteria? Have tried fermented saurkraut and did OK on tiny amounts, but after day 9 of suarkraut this caused issues.

Any credibility to the idea of home fermentation of FODMAP containing products a nice relish of lacto-fermented onions and peppers actually sounds pretty tasty to me as perhaps a particularly good way to introduce FODMAP-digesting bacteria to the gut? I have not seen any research that would indicate this is a good idea, and most who require a low FODMAP diet would not recommend it.

I am not a dietician, but my family has been on this diet for years, and we get information direct from Monash Univ as much as we can. I am so happy to see more people discussing this! I was eating an apple every day before that! I know not everyone experiences the level of relief I did, but for me it really was the main source of my problems.

This is such a timely article! I think apples and cherries are out for me, and am going to limit the problem veggies and add them back in slowly down the line to see how well I tolerate them. Thanks for these posts and your help! Or does that restrict it too much with current recipes? I just signed up for it still in trial period and I thought it was going to be there already. Chris, I have been suffering over the past couple of years with gastrointestinal distress quite frequently; i.

I have tried to pinpoint the problem without much success. Over the last couple of days I have had these symptoms again. A couple of days ago, I purchased a watermelon, some peaches, and apples, and have eaten all of these over the last two days. After reading this article, I feel that this may indeed be my problem. My question concerns coconut. Would taking the coconut oil have the same effect on my digestive system as the coconut milk?

Thanks for any help you can give me. Thank you for the article! Now I can try eliminating all of them at once. Have you found this to be a common intolerance with your patients? I think you may have mentioned nightshade sensitivity before. I avoid potatoes where possible. I seem to react better to hot chips actually but not too many!

I get the same sensation. I also avoid raw carrots- I get weird indigestion and once felt very nauseated after eating some carrot sticks thinking I was eating a nice healthy snack. Cooked carrots are fine though. Anyone else have the same problem? Thanks so much for posting this. She guides you throught the diet and has answers to everything you need to know.

What about Coconut Oil and Coconut Flour? I have heard conflicting thoughts on coconut flour and coconut milk. I would avoid it when doing the initial elimination diet then add it back in and see how you feel. Do you recommend starting with the PPC list or the other list? My Dr recommended a high potency probiotic called VSL3. I thought I was on a good probiotic but it only had about 10 billion compared to the billion in one dose of VSL3. The CDSA also revealed low fat absorption and high beta glucuronidase activity.

Chris, how does that play into everything? I too wish you were accepting new patients. I should have got a consult when I had the chance. Hi Chris, thanks for this information. I went Fodmap free for 4 months because I had a lot of upper gastrointestinal issues. I was already VLC and Paleo, but I started to consume way too many raw dairy and lacto fermented foods. All symptoms disappeared and I lost an extra 5 kilos always a bonus.

I have introduced more foods back into my diet because it can be restrictive long term. But I do not eat dairy anymore only the occasional bit of cheese, I do not eat garlic or onion and I limit some of the vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli. Overall being on the Fodmap diet has helped me to eat smaller portions not bulk meals up with vegetables, nuts and coconut products which I think a lot of Paleo eaters fall into. Oh and to eat slowly, eat my vegetables overcooked rather than raw salads and chew my food!!

Hi Chris This is an interesting article. My son has ulcerative colitis and started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet about 5 weeks ago when it became clear he is not responding to pharmaceutical intervention Remicade, mercaptopurine and mesalamine have all been tried without success. He feels pretty limited in his food choices already but I will encourage him to cut back or even eliminate some of these foods.

This is a bit off-topic but I wondered if you could answer this question: He really prefers it thick so I strain it over cheesecloth for about 5 hours…. Probiotic content I imagine stays similar in both the whey and the thicker yogurt, but you can save the whey as well and put it a smoothie or make lemonade or something and then the probiotics will still be consumed. I will start saving the whey for my son to use in smoothies.

He was disappointed when he had to give up protein powder shakes when it became obvious it was making his colitis worse; he lifts regularly and is trying very hard to put on weight…so this would be a great alternative! Do you have any insights on usefulness of low-FODMAP diet on people with no noticeable digestive problems, like no gas, flatulence or anything like that.

Acne and skin patients as a group have higher rates of SIBO than people with healthy skin. I hesitate to recommend strict diets to people without good reason — as they often put people through a lot of stress.

Any thoughts on that? Now my skin is much, much clearer. For people who have tried everything else to cure their acne with no success, I would say give the low-FODMAP diet a try and see if it works for you.

I saw results in about a week, and continues to get better with every day I am 1 month into the diet. I had the same issues.. It has improved my skin as well. I am looking into birth control now. I too would rather not take the pill, but am looking into it again. You say there was a particular pill that worked for you? Would you mind giving me the name of it?

Even though I still have some acne, my skin is glowing and smooth. I also take bentonite clay and that seems also helps make my skin healthy. Sometimes it would be less pronounced but still there. Nothing I have tried seems to help. I tried Natural Calm which also worked for a while and now it has stopped working too, even with an increased dose.

My doctors are really no help because they are all low-fat high-carb practitioners. Buffered Vitamin C works extremely well for constipation. I mix 1 teaspoon with water in morning and another at night.

The dose is individual. Experiment until you find the right dose for you. When you start having diarrhea decrease dose a little and you will find your dose. I take it every day in morning and night. It works like a charm. I hope by now you have found a fix for your discomfort but if not have you tried ballerina tea or senna tea?

I have been over the years diagnosed with IBS, SIBO, malabsorption, Dysbiosis and Fibromyalgia latter due to digestive problems plus get bouts of chronic pancreatitis if touch alcohol. Also Kefir is helpful plus I agree with the comments above about needing good digestive supplements I use Natrens acidophilus and bifidobacterium, powders added to Kefir once every three or four days and magnesium and malic acid for energy.

SCD allows plenty of fruit regarded as a simple carbohydrate and low carb veg which helps with bowel movement. I seem to have no problem with fruits or cabbage and indeed, eating large amounts of cabbage the equivalent of a whole cabbage a day helps make bowels work fine. I find large amounts of green veg, cabbage and generally large amounts of fruit and veg with lowish amounts of meat generally most effective.

So a lot of food intolerance issues are not just down to malabsorption and difficulty digesting, causing fermentation and bloating, but also down to slowed up elimination somewhere in the gut — most probably the Ileum. Drinking more water will flush things through. Too much attention may be given to what we are eating, not enough to what and how much fluid we are drinking, in order to improve elimination. Getting everything moving through and out smoothly and regularly is, for me, the key to improving tolerance of foods.

Reducing complex carbs, increasing fruit, veg and water, massively reducing tempting sugars including alcohol — all takes a bit of lifestyle change and self-discipline, but when you get the balance right, you know it is worth the effort. We now consume times more sugar in our modern diet than we did years ago, so excess processed sugar a complex carb is a problem, though honey is allowed under SCD.

The only thing that works with me is fluid intake. I was born in the Mediterranean and drinking has been low priority. Hot drink at bedtime? Only learned about the custom when I moved west.

I have to drink around 4 litres a day, more if I am very active. When I neglect this there is an immediate reaction. Drinking plenty when I am organised again gets things back on track. Not sure if this is relevant, but I recall Dr.

Siebecker saying something about different strains of gut bacteria producing different gas, some of which causes more D, while other gas will cause more C. I definitely have SIBO symptoms, but I recently tested for it with a naturopath and found I was in the normal range levels were really good. Very hard to keep the weight up. I would love to see the paleo community begin to lend more support to people in this very limited diet recipes, food ideas, etc. Some of us are eating almost exclusively meat at this point to get by.

Lindy Pals I am in the same boat as you… I feel like I can eat nothing and am loosing weight very quickly and am now to underweight. I am wondering if you have found any help or come up with anything. Thanks for this post, though it sure is not welcome news.

Initial improvements in many areas were short lived, followed by precipitous decline in the areas of energy, sleep, libido, depression, personality, muscle inflammation and desire to eat and cook.

I know now that I went too low carb out of ignorance and this seems to be a common story. Would you typically add some starch in this type of situation? Many people seem to come out of their low carb coma by adding them back. It seems clear that Dr. Cate thinks that low carb is fundamentally right, and that the people having trouble with it are broken or are doing it incorrectly. It would be good to hear more from you on this subject given the current climate around it. The Ray Peat and D stuff is pretty compelling, especially to people in my situation.

I too needed a bit of carb. I used the same words when my son would try to follow me to the restroom and he did get the message after a while. Be ready to read this with your toddler TENS of times. But as long as everything makes its way into the potty and you also have fun in the process, it is SO worth it.

My son lost interest in this book about one month later, but baby 2 is on her way and this will be cheerfully used again in a couple of years. I bought this book as well as a few others to help with his problem of holding in his poop. This is his favorite one of the bunch to read and I am not even exaggerating that two days after getting my books in my son has been pooping fine.

It had been a battle for about two months and I tried everything, laxatives, suppositories, etc. I have to believe that the books is what did it over all the medical stuff! Bought this for a two year old not yet potty trained or training who seems to like to hold her poop.

Think it's starting to help- she loves saying 'everyone eats so everyone poops' haha. Hopefully this will be a book we can read once we start the potty training process real soon. I bought 5 books for my daughter who just under two when I started Potty training. Everyone poops is her favorite one! She frequently brings it to me and asks me to read it to her. Its got a lot of interesting animals for her to look at, but also its one of the most simply written books which is nice when are you potty training someone who just turned two.

Also the pictures are pretty graphic and its very easy to understand the concepts. One page has a picture of a toddler sitting on the Potty with poop coming out of her butt. Funny, but I think the visual aid really helps in aiding comprehension of the story. Her second favorite book is "Potty" by Patricelli, which is also simply written. My advice - if you're potty training a younger kid stick with this book and "Potty".

If you're potty training a 3 or 4 year old they might be bored by these. In that case I recommend Potty Animals! Our three-year-old son, who is slowly working on potty-training, loves this book. It was an instant hit.

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