FODMAPs, Vegetables, and IBS

FODMAPs, Vegetables, and IBS

GI Disorders
If you have read our previous posts on 'FODMAPs & Fruit', or 'The Low FODMAP Diet', you might want to skip over the intro below if you don't need a recap. If you're new to learning about the FODMAP diet I'd recommend also clicking on those other posts and having a read as they complement the below information! The Low FODMAP Diet is designed to help sufferers of IBS reduce and manage their symptoms. It was designed to be implemented in 3-phases. The end goal is balancing the least restrictive possible diet with the greatest sustainable improvement in symptoms.  Phase 1 is the low FODMAP phase.Fructose, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols are restricted from the diet to relieve symptoms and create a baseline to operate from. Suitable alternative foods should be found to replace those…
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Does Rice Cause Bloating?

Does Rice Cause Bloating?

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The potential causes of bloating can vary drastically from person to person. It can often take trial and error to identify what the causes are. Over the years of working one on one with clients, I have had quite a few self-identify that rice causes them to bloat. In this article, I will discuss common causes of bloating and why rice often is not the cause. It can be difficult to identify the cause, but rice is actually one of THE least common causes of bloating and other IBS symptoms, which is also part of why The Vertical Diet uses rice as the main carbohydrate source. FODMAPs The gold standard when it comes to treating bloating is The Low FODMAP Diet. This is because high FODMAP foods are frequent causes…
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What Is SIBO? (And How Do You Know If You Have It?)

What Is SIBO? (And How Do You Know If You Have It?)

GI Disorders
Do you suffer from chronic diarrhoea or constipation? Experiencing regular bloating and abdominal pain? Or perhaps you’ve eliminated certain foods from your diet but haven’t seen much improvement in your symptoms…. You might have Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO for short. What is SIBO? SIBO is defined as excessive bacteria in the small intestine. Naturally, our digestive tract is full of bacteria but the bulk of them are found in our large intestine, not our small intestine. (1) In comparison to our large intestine, the small intestine has relatively low levels of bacteria. This is the space in our digestive system where food mixes with digestive juices and nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream. When bacteria from the large intestine overflow into the small intestine and take over, they…
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The Low FODMAP Diet

The Low FODMAP Diet

GI Disorders
Do you suffer from chronic bloating, abdominal pain and altered bowel habits? If yes, then it’s likely you’ll benefit from the Low FODMAP diet. Many GP’s and health practitioners are regarding it to be one of the best investigative diets for identifying problematic foods. Research shows that people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) can significantly improve symptoms by managing the amount of FODMAPs in their diet. Discover what exactly FODMAPs are, how to follow the Low FODMAP diet, and the importance of methodically reintroducing FODMAP foods into your diet below. What Are FODMAPs? FODMAPs are a group of food compounds that are eliminated on the Low FODMAP diet. The Low FODMAP diet, created by Sue Shepherd and her team in Melbourne, Australia, is a temporary elimination diet that aims…
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Joe Leech Q & A

Joe Leech Q & A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I am a dietitian from Sydney, but currently living in Stockholm. I have a website, DietvsDisease.org that provides science-based resources for those living with diet-related diseases and conditions. As you can imagine this is a huge area, so I am building the database slowly with a few topics at a time. I also collaborate with healthline.com to produce videos which you can find on youtube and on my Diet vs Disease Facebook page. What is one piece of nutrition advice that you give which surprises people? Very few foods are absolutely healthy or unhealthy - it’s the quantities you eat and your relationship with that food that makes it healthy or unhealthy. Do you have a nutrition philosophy? What do you…
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IBS Considerations for Management and Treatment

IBS Considerations for Management and Treatment

GI Disorders
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the nerves and muscles of the bowel. It’s the least understood, but most common gastrointestinal disorder - affecting one in five Australians. IBS isn’t a disease itself, but a label given to symptoms that are not related to other conditions like coeliac disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Therefore it’s very important to speak with your GP about your symptoms as soon as possible to rule out more serious gut conditions. Symptoms can vary in severity and come and go, lasting for hours, days, weeks or months. For most people, it’s a chronic condition, while for others it can improve and even disappear completely. Some of the most common IBS symptoms include: • Abdominal pain or cramping – often relieved by passing…
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