13 Things You Need to Know about the FODMAP Diet for IBS ...


I’m not shy about sharing my experience with IBS and other digestive woes in order to help others, which is why I want to share with you what I’ve learned about the FODMAP diet for IBS. Because of what I’ve gone through in my own health journey, I feel it is a responsibility to share what I’ve learned so that maybe someone else gets relief sooner than I did. Many people assume they have IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, without ever being tested. Symptoms such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, flatulence, nausea, nervous stomach and more can be symptoms of IBS, along with poor nutrient absorption from foods. What I didn’t know for years about IBS was that a diet known as the FODMAP diet was the answer to my greatest health questions regarding IBS. Many IBS self-help books still advised eating foods that upset my stomach, leaving me confused and in pain. Now, with the discovery of the FODMAP diet, I can be symptom-free and lead such a healthier and happier lifestyle. I don’t even miss all the foods I can’t have, because my IBS symptoms have completely disappeared as long as I eat low FODMAP foods. Plus, it doesn’t restrict calories or food groups either, and is easy to follow. Read on to learn what the FODMAP diet for IBS is, what foods you’ll need to avoid and eat, and if it can work for you.

1. What is the FODMAP Diet

If you’re wondering what the FODMAP diet for IBS is and what all those letters actually mean, let me enlighten you! The letters in the word FODMAP stands for the types of sugars that upset those with irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, and irritable bowel disorder, also known as IBD. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides, and Polyols, which are all types of sugars. Basically, these sugar types are found in a variety of foods and food groups, and the theory is that that consuming foods high in FODMAP results in increased volume of liquid and gas in the small and large intestine, resulting in distention and symptoms such as abdominal pain and gas and bloating. The theory of the FODMAP diet proposes that following a low FODMAP diet should result in a decrease in digestive symptoms and I can assure you, it is quite effective. Read on to learn what you need to know about the FODMAP diet if you’re considering it as a natural treatment to digestive woes like IBS or IBD.

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