How do I know if my gut biome is bad and can this be due to following a low FODMAP diet?

How do I know if my gut biome is bad? And can this be due to following a low FODMAP diet?

And the answer to this is there are several typical symptoms that you can notice if your gut microbiome is out of balance. So the main one would be bloating also, if you've got more gas if you've got irritable bowel type symptoms. So constipation, diarrhoea, alternating constipation and diarrhoea.

Really, the definitive way to test is to do a microbiome stool test. And there's quite a few on the market now, but there are some which are the gold standard tests. I tend to use Geneva Labs or Invivo as the gold standard, and you would really need to do that through a registered nutritionist or a functional medicine doctor who can then analyse the results for you.

And I would say you're right if you are doing a low FODMAP diet for a prolonged period of time. So over six weeks it can negatively affect the gut microbiome. And it really is quite a very restricted diet, so it needs to be done under the supervision of an experienced nutritionist or dietitian or doctor. And so for that reason, it's not really advisable to do it alone anyway, because it is too restrictive. So I would advise that you get professional expert opinion to be able to do that.

Dr Sally Moorcroft

Specialist in Integrative and Functional Medicine

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