Naperville Holistic IBS Doctor| Natural treatment for IBS should include an Understanding of FODMAPS
Dr Richard Hagmeyer is the clinic director at the Naperville Institute For NeuroMetabolic Solutions in Naperville IL.
Do you want the digestive system you were born before you were diagnosed with IBS, chronic diarrhea, or spastic colon? If so then you will want to learn more about FODMAPS. If you have been reading my blog, then you know that in order to effectively address Gastrointestinal problems such as celiac, ulcerative colitis, crohn’s, spastic colon, IBS, then you need a comprehensive approach. The most effective approach I have found over the years has been one that addresses the“10 keys to better GI Health.”
These 10 keys need to be addressed using a combination of dietary and nutritional support. It is effective in well over 90% of the patients who follow our approach. When it comes to dietary intervention following a FODMAPS diet can be very helpful for those who fail to find relief with any other kind of diet. We implement it in our office with tremendous success.
Many who have irritable bowel symptoms have been diagnosed, while others have struggled with digestive difficulties without knowing why they can’t easily digest certain foods. FODMAPS are among the foods that seem to cause the most trouble.
Researchers from Australia have developed a very successful approach for IBS treatment. Having patients follow a low FODMAP diet as a way to reduce IBS symptoms,
Why you need to Know more about FODMAPS?
FODMAPs are found in the foods we eat every day. FODMAPs is an acronym (abbreviation) referring to Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols*. These are complex names for a collection of molecules found in food, that can be poorly absorbed by some people.
Fermentable, Oligosaccharides (Fructans and Galactans), Disaccharides (eg. Lactose)
Monosaccharides (eg. excess Fructose), and Polyols (eg. Sorbitol, Mannitol, Maltitol, Xylitol and Isomalt)
In more plain terminology, they are certain kinds of carbohydrates, which include lactose (dairy), fructose (fruit sugar), fructans, polyols (sugars), and galactans. The specifics of why certain sugars, starches, and fibers are more irritating to people with IBS gets a little complicated because it is based on the biochemistry of the food and how the biochemistry of food interacts with the biochemistry of the individual.
With this being said addressing these food sensitivities requires one to embark on an elimination diet, very specialized testing of the individual as well as advanced functional testing for food sensitivities and cross reactive foods.
In some people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ingested FODMAPS are not absorbed as they should be in the small intestine; instead they pass into the large intestine. Humans have large numbers of bacteria living in the large intestine. This is normal.
The problem is that FODMAPS act as “fast food” for the bacteria, which give off a lot of gas as they ferment the food. The gas makes your large intestine bloat (swell). If you have IBS, your intestines may be extra sensitive to this, and it hurts. It may cause constipation or diarrhea.
Another problem with FODMAPS is the way they pull water into your large intestine. This is called osmosis. One way to imagine osmosis is to picture what happens when you sprinkle sugar on freshly cut strawberries. The sugar attracts the water from the strawberries to itself. The sugar pulls the juice right out of the strawberries and into the bowl. In your large intestine, FODMAPS pull water out of your cells and into your large intestine in the same manner, causing it to bloat. Pain and watery diarrhea can result.
All FODMAPS are believed to cause IBS symptoms the same way: too much gas and water in your large intestine.
Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome include abdominal bloating and distension, excess wind (flatulence), abdominal pain, nausea, changes in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both), and other gastro-intestinal symptoms.
When consuming FODMAPS, there is a cumulative effect of these foods on symptoms. In other words, eating foods with varying FODMAP (from the different groups) values at the same time will add up, resulting in symptoms that you might not experience if you ate the food in isolation.
What are some example of FODMAPS that I may be eating every day
A few examples of food sources for each of the FODMAPs are listed below. The list is not complete. New data has been obtained through Monash University Department of Gastroenterology regarding the FODMAP content of foods. As a result, there have been some changes from previous food lists. Below is a list containing up-to-date information.
- Fructose: Honey, Apples, Mango, Pear, Watermelon, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup Solids
- Fructans:Artichokes (Globe), Artichokes (Jerusalem), Asparagus, Beetroot, Chicory, Dandelion leaves, Garlic, Leek, Onion (brown, white, Spanish, onion powder), Raddicio lettuce, Spring Onion (white part), Wheat, Rye, Inulin, Fructo-oligosaccharides.
- Lactose:Milk, ice cream, custard, dairy desserts, condensed and evaporated milk, milk powder, yoghurt, margarine, soft unripened cheeses (eg. ricotta, cottage, cream, marscarpone).
- Galacto-Oligosaccharides (GOS):Legume beans (eg. baked beans, kidney beans, bortolotti beans), Lentils, Chickpeas
- Polyols: Apples, Apricots, Avocado, Cherries, Longon, Lychee, Nectarines, Pears, Plums, Prunes, Mushrooms, Sorbitol (420), mannitol (421), xylitol (967), maltitol (965) and Isomalt (953).
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1. A Food Sensitivity and Cross Reactive Food Panel— An IBD, Crohn’s or colitis patient may never get well without learning what foods are improperly crossing over from the inside of your gastrointestinal system into your bloodstream, creating an immune response that then builds chemistry that contributes to the inflammation. If you are accepted into our program, I will arrange for you to receive a test collection kit and blood drawn.
2. Re-establish Normal Bacterial Balance— Remember what antibiotics and other lifestyle influences did to your population of healthy bacteria? We Will Work on restoring and repopulating the good types of bacteria species.
3. Decrease gastrointestinal and Systemic Inflammation— Inflammation is now widely accepted as a contributing factor to many type of cancer including colon, prostate and rectal cancer. Inflammation is at the root of all disease processes. Certain biological markers if elevated indicate inflammation and tissue damage. We have the ability to support your body naturally and reduce inflammation.
4. Improve Digestion —Enzymes are made by your body to help digest fats, carbohydrates and proteins. If your lacks the ability to make certain enzymes these foods will not get digested and will sit in your stomach and ferment or putrefy. This can be a cause to bloating, constipation, and gas. Based on your test results we will customize the type of enzymes most appropriate to your individuality.
5. Identify any hormonal imbalancesthat are contributors. Thyroid, Adrenals Male and Female Hormones are all contributory factors affecting healthy GI Function. Many doctors fail to properly test for Hormones and consequently miss out on some very important pieces of the IBS and GI puzzle. We use advanced testing to determine if and what these hormonal imbalances are.
6. Identify Leaky Gut and its Causes- Leaky Gut is a condition used to describe the breakdown of Tight junctions. Tight junctions represent the major barrier within the pathway between intestinal epithelial cells that line the digestion tract. A Leaky Gut can cause acute and chronic diseases such as systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), inflammatory bowel disease, IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome Thyroid Problems, type 1 diabetes, allergies, asthma, and autism and autoimmune conditions. It is also a major pathway for all of the food sensitivities experienced by people with Gastrointestinal problems. Remember avoiding certain foods is only part of the battle. Calming down the immune system and restoring gut barriers is essential.
7. Dietary Modification and Changes- The food you put into your body can make you healthy or sick. We test for a variety of food sensitivities. The purpose of this is to identify which foods are contributing to your IBS and what foods are not. These tests take the guessing out of what you can and what you can’t eat.
Each person suffering with IBS, Celiac, Crohn’s or any other GI problem has a different set of mechanisms or causes. Our office will customize a GI Restoration Program that is tailored to your individual needs based on advanced 21st Century testing.
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