Should I be following the FODMAP diet in order to help manage my IBS?

Should I be following a FODMAP diet to support my IBS symptoms?

Now, the FODMAP diet is fairly popular now. It's something that the NHS recommends. We got the information from Australian scientists bringing this to our attention and they found that basically certain sugars in some can cause fermentation and result in bloating.

This isn't the same for everyone.

You may find if you're dealing with IBS that you may eat a certain food that one of your friends or family members eat, and they don't have the same issue as you. So it could be that your stomach is just a little bit more sensitive than theirs. So the ethos behind the FODMAP diet is to remove certain amounts of food, allow the stomach to kind of adjust and then reintroduce over a period of time. One thing I do want to say is I highly recommend that you work alongside a healthcare professional when following this diet because it can be an extremely well it is it's a restrictive diet, and the last thing you want is to not have enough of your vitamins and minerals in your daily diet. That being said, I've seen many people benefit from going on a low FODMAP diet.

It's not something that should be done for a long time, really, no more than six weeks. If you've been following it for years on end, I recommend that you go and speak to someone today about that, because that's not what this diet is for. I have seen clients benefit and allow their guts have thrived without the FODMAP diet. So you just need to work alongside someone and see if it works for you.

Simone Venner

Nutritionist specialising in IBS

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