Know What Is The FODMAP Diet And How Can It Lower Gastro-Intestinal Distress

Research has found that this diet reduces symptoms in up to 86% of people. The principle behind recommending this diet is to give the gut time to heal.

Have you ever found your stomach or the entire digestive tract on a strike, hurting after every meal, and disallowing you to concentrate on work? Your doctor may have even examined for the possibility of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), and other functional GI disorders.

In today’s world, some of the top diet plans are intermittent fasting, plant-based diets, low-carb diets, low-fat diets, the paleo diet, the Mediterranean diet, WW (Weight Watchers), and the DASH diet (Dietary approach to stop Hypertension).

Fodmap diet was developed by a research team in Australia.

FODMAPs are a recently identified category of sugars. It stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides,

Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. These are short-chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that are poorly absorbed by the body. They ferment in the large intestine   (bowel)during digestion, drawing in water and producing carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and methane gas that causes the intestine to expand. This causes Gastro Intestinal symptoms such as bloating and pain that are common in disorders like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), said Dr Rimmi Verma, Orthopaedic and Sports physiotherapist (Gold medallist), Sujok Therapist, Consultant Physiotherapist ar Axis Hospital, Andheri West.

Research has found that this diet reduces symptoms in up to 86% of people. The principle behind recommending this diet is to give the gut time to heal.

Fodmap is not necessarily unhealthy food.

It includes food like Dairy-based milk, yogurt, and ice cream, Wheat-based products such as cereal, bread, cakes, noodles, fruits like apples, cherries, pears, and peaches, vegetables like asparagus, beetroot, cauliflower, onions, and garlic.

It is short term diet designed to identify what foods you can tolerate and which ones to avoid.  In a low-FODMAP diet, a person eliminates foods with high concentrations of FODMAPs and then slowly phases them back in, one category at a time, to determine which of the groups are causing a person’s digestive issues. The FODMAP diet is not meant to restrict calories and induce weight loss.

It does not alleviate all digestive issues. People also presume a low Fodmap diet is a gluten-free diet which is not correct.

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