Implementing a FODMAP Diet
FODMAP diets are way too restrictive and do not remove the foods that are truly problematic. Many years ago I saw the creator of the diet speak at a conference and was a bit underwhelmed with the stats that were spoken about. Up to sixty percent of people that implement this diet will see a reasonable response.
Not sure about you but if I was going to implement such intense dietary restrictions I would be wanting better results than this. It is too generic and too hard in my opinion and what often happens if you go to a medical doctor is that they will suggest that you try a low FODMAP diet due to the lack of knowledge that they may have around nutrition.
It is a much better idea to run some tests to get to the bottom of what is going on with your gut health. You may then need to take out only a few foods to improve your gut health – not a whole lot. There are options available to you that can establish the cause of your gut symptoms, minimising the need to remove foods unnecessarily.
Food Intolerance test – this is a blood test that can accurately assess if you have a sensitivity or intolerance to a particular food via the IgG immune pathway
SIBO Test – a breath test to establish if you have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
Fructose Malabsorption Test – a breath test to assess if your symptoms are being caused by fructose in your diet
Complete Microbiome Mapping – a stool test that tells us the level of good and bad bacteria, the amount and type of parasites, worms, level of inflammation, pancreatic function, zonulin levels, plus many other informative gut microbiome markers
It’s not necessary to have all of the tests run at the one time. It just depends upon your symptoms. This is discussed during your consultation.