Just prior to, and most definitely after, being diagnosed with severe SIBO, I became slightly obsessed with FODMAPs because I had to.
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SIBO is getting quite the attention these days as more and more people are being diagnosed with it. While going low-to-no FODMAP definitely helps manage symptoms, it is not the SIBO cure.
On page 24 of The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut, 2.0, I mention:
I get asked a lot about FODMAPs since many Gutsy women have trouble digesting many of the FODMAP-category foods.
I don’t focus a ton on them in this e-book because the truth is that at some point if we are to remove every last thing from the diet, there might not be anything left to eat.
If you work with me 1-on-1, FODMAP elimination/discussion is something we can work on together.
I continue on describing what FODMAPs are.
What are FODMAPs?
FODMAP is an acronym for; Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. I have written on most of these before, so if you click on each one, you’ll be taken to more information on them.
The problem with FODMAPs is that they are poorly absorbed in the small intestine, which causes discomfort and many other issues for the Gutsy girl (diarrhea, gas, bloating).
There is some great information via Stanford on FODMAPs and low FODMAP foods HERE.
Without-a-doubt, FODMAPs could be a huge part of your gut issues. Address them immediately if you feel they are prohibiting your further gut healing.
I realized while we were in Lake Tahoe this past weekend just how far I have healed when I ate approximately 20 garlic bulbs at a stir fry. I promise, no less than 20 did I consume in one sitting.
In my former days, one garlic bulb could literally cause me to look 9 months pregnant in a matter of minutes.
Why is that? Because garlic is high in Oligos. Humans do not have enzymes to break down Oligos- fructans/FOS or GOS, so all will be ‘malabsorbed’ in the small intestine and bacteria will rapidly break them down. (Monash)
There are countless high FODMAP foods, and if you have SIBO or suspect you might have SIBO, avoiding them can help manage your symptoms and/or help you better understand if SIBO is what your gut is battling.
If you think you might have a problem with FODMAPs (test the garlic theory!), I’m inviting you to join the 21-day New Year, Wellness You Program where we can absolutely address all the things FODMAPs.
Many have written about SIBO, but few have studied it and experienced it. I have done both. I have also come out on the other side.
Bring on the garlic! And the apples. And the onion. And so many more things!
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