Have you ever felt bloated from or have a period of time where to go to the bathroom is a struggle or rather excessive? Maybe you have IBS.
IBS stands for intestinal irritation syndrome, affects around 10 to 15% of people globally. However, the condition is more common in Western culture with an estimated 10 to 20% of people have abnormalities, Chelsea McCallum said the registered diet, IBS nutritionist, and advisors in Belliwelli, a company that made IBS friendly snack bars.
What is IBS and how is someone diagnosed with him, usually?
“IBS is a functional intestinal disorder which means the intestinal structure is not affected, however, the intestine can move too fast or too slow to produce very uncomfortable symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and gas,” McCallum said.
Good main doctors or gastroenterologists you will diagnose you with IBS after a series of tests such as bench and blood samples and procedures including colonoscopy, endoscopy, and gastroscopy.
“IBS is diagnosed by excluding other conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and colon cancer,” he added.
What is the best IBS diet plan to be followed?
McCallum said that if you have IBS, you might be advised to follow a low FODMAP diet. For context, this acronym means fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols.
“This is a diet designed to temporarily reduce the intake of very fermented carbohydrates,” he explained.
Foods are considered high fodmaps including onions, garlic, wheat, beans, apples, asparagus, watermelon, mushrooms, cow’s milk, ice cream, milk based yogurt, artichokes, cherries, only for some names. By removing this high-fodmap food, you might be able to alleviate IBS symptoms.
“After you complete the low FODMap diet elimination phase, it is important to re-introduce the fodmap systematically under the guidance of an IBS specialist in debit,” McCallum said.
For example, if you eliminate all the high-Fodmap food for six or eight weeks and then slowly integrate one meal back into your diet every time, you will soon be able to find which food is most triggering symptoms.
However, one drawback cuts this food from your diet (even if it’s just temporary) is that you also lose high-fiber food, so you will want to make sure you eat a lot of low Fodmap food that provides enough fiber to avoid constipation. These include brown rice, potatoes, give, bananas, peppers, tomatoes, orange fruits, oatmeal, and quinoa.
“Low FODMAP diets can be implemented for a short time, however, unhealthy to follow the long term,” McCallum said. “Working with IBS specialists in the decision will help you find balance.”
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