If you’ve had problems with gas or bloating, then you may be familiar with the Low FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides; Disaccharides; Monosaccharides; and Polyols. These are different sugars known to aggravate the gut causing diarrhea, constipation, intestinal bloating, gas and abdominal pain.
The Low FODMAP diet is recommended for 2-6 weeks then gradually re-introducing foods.
How the Digestive System works:
Food is chewed and works its way down the oesophagus. Next, break down begins in the stomach then continues to the small intestine which is 6 metres long. Finally, enters the large intestine which is 1.5 metres long. Bowel transit time varies, but 12 to 48 hours is the average time to move food from the mouth to the anus. This means that the digestive issues you have may not have been from the last meal, but perhaps one of the previous meals, so it is hard to pinpoint the problem foods without pathology tests.
Problem with Low FODMAP diet
The biggest problem I come across in clinic is that I see people who have put themselves on a low FODMAP diet for too long. In other words, they are afraid of reintroducing foods, or have tried and had bad results. This restricted diet means a less diverse microbiome which is linked to lower health outcomes.
How to transition from the Low FODMAP diet?
Food elimination is only the first step of solving our digestive issues. Healing of the gut is the next step to beat digestive disturbances for good.
If you need help with healing the gut so you can eat a variety of foods again, then book in for a Naturopathic Consult.