Coping with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Coping with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) presents many unique health and lifestyle challenges. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this widespread disorder. However, there are many treatment options available — dietary modifications, medications — to alleviate sufferer’s symptoms.

Can a Low-FODMAP Diet Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Functional bowel disorders such as IBS can significantly impact patients’ quality of life. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, “Recently, interest has focused on diets that reduce intake of poorly absorbed, small molecule — size carbohydrates.” The acronym FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, polyols) was developed to describe the poorly absorbed carbohydrates.

The low-FODMAP Diet can be used to decrease/minimize such symptoms as abdominal pain, gas, bloating, flatulence, burping, constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia and nausea. To assess your tolerance of these compounds, Regional Gi recommends eliminating high-FODMAPs for 6-8 weeks. Reintroduce foods to identify any dietary abnormalities. With some gastrointestinal conditions, this food first approach may help to relieve symptoms!

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