Many people with digestive problems or IBS systems are put on the FODMAP diet. This way of eating cuts out certain vegetables and fruits that can cause bloating, diarrhoea or constipation in people who have compromised gut flora or an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.
Many healthy fruits and vegetables contain fermentable starches, especially the cruciferous family and the onion family, which should be broken down in the stomach, small intestine and colon, but if your gut flora is compromised due to medications, stress, excess alcohol or a processed diet, there may be more of the unwanted bacteria that cause gas or stool irregularities.
Removing these starches and sugars, along with a targeted programme of antimicrobials and specific probiotics for about a month can help restore a healthy gut. It is important that you get Nutritional support for reintroduction of each food group slowly as there may be some foods that are permanently avoided. However, because a FODMAP diet is generally lower in fibre, it is not recommended long term.
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