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FODMAPs in Your Diet

thX4721QLKDo have digestive issues such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or have your family or friends jokingly told you that you release SBDFs (silent but deadly farts). Then the answer lies in an unhealthy gut microbiome. One common culprit are FODMAPs in our diets. These short-chain carbohydrates feed the intestinal bacteria causing them to produce hydrogen gas, diarrhea, intestinal pain, ect,.
Common FODMAPs (FODMAP stands for “Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols”) include:
Fructose: A simple sugar found in many fruits, vegetables and added sugars.
Lactose: A carbohydrate found in dairy products like milk.
Fructans: Found in many foods, including gluten grains like wheat, spelt, rye and barley.
Galactans: Found in large amounts in legumes.
Polyols: Sugar alcohols like xylitol, sorbitol, maltitol and mannitol. They are found in some fruits and vegetables, and often used as sweeteners.
Start your journey back to health by limiting or eliminating your intake of FODMAPs, but consult a functional medicine expert for proper diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. Proper diagnosis includes testing for food sensitivities/allergens, comprehensive stool testing for gut immunology and inflammation, ova and parasites and/or bacterias, identification of commensal bacteria, and biomarkers indicating levels of digestive and absorptive functions. Eating a low-FODMAP diet is beneficial in reducing bothersome symptoms ultimately reducing inflammation and restoring the integrity of your gut. Treat the causes not just the symptoms!

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