Posted 27 July 2011 - 01:11 AM
Thank you, Kathleen. I've only been following the low-FODMAPS diet for a few days now. I did see almost immediate improvement in a few symptoms, but I think I have SIBO in addition to IBS, so I'm guessing this is going to be a long-term thing. I asked about the time issues because I read that one book states you should be on the low-FODMAPS diet for about eight weeks before doing any food challenges, and I was wondering if that's how long it takes for changes in the gut to take hold. I think my diet is pretty balanced, so that's not a major concern for me. Feeling better and getting rid of my symptoms is what is paramount to me.
Hi P.I agree with Kathleen.I just came home after a long day at work and was thinking, "It feels great not to be walking around with a gut full of undigested food".As Kathleen indicated, withdrawing FODMAP from your diet should have positive effects soon after, but the SIBO which has been feeding off this material will continue to have a affect for some time.Eliminating FODMAP isn't a cure but a way to manage your condition, so until there is a cure it is something you must continue to do.Eight weeks is probably mentioned to give your gut a chance to stabilize before you begin to challenge your system with specific foods for which there is no intolerance test.I found my gut took atleast three months to stabilize and that was after also taking Huang Lian (Coptis rhizoma) which help dry out diarrhea l was having.I've suffered with undiagnosed malabsorption/intolerance of fructose and lactose for decades. My theory is that the bacteria which would have colonized your large intestine will take time to die off.In the mean time it will continue cause symptoms.If you suffer from anxiety and/or are not mindful when you eat, even after eliminating FODMAP, if you gulp your food without chewing properly undigested food can still arrive into the large intestines and continue to feed the bacteria.Also, as careful as you are, you might unintentionally continue to eat FODMAP until you come to terms with what you can and can't eat and in what quantity, which will have an impact.I recommend that you become very familiar with the FODMAP food chart and learn which processed foods should be avoided.Learn suitable recipes and plan ahead so you have plenty of low FODMAP food on hand so you can continue to eat a well balanced diet whilst avoiding the trap of eating unsuitably.Try to be strict and combine your diet with exercise, relaxation, mindful eating, and avoid alcohol, particularly beer, wine and dark spirits, and drink plenty of water.Keep networking to fine tune the diet and to build on your knowledge.When FODMAP free, most of your ingested food will be digested and absorbed in the stomach, duodenum and small intestines, leaving a sweet balanced waste entering the large intestine.As their food source drops off, the bacteria in the large intestines will die back to healthier levels and lead to reduced symptoms, regular satisfying elimination, and increased feeling of wellbeing.I also recommend embracing the diet with full confidence as it has been scientifically validated.A majority of those who suffer from lactose and/or fructose malabsorption/intolerance, and most likely fructans, polyols, and galacto-oligosaccharides), and who don't have secondary issues contributing to their problem, should see significant improvement if not elimination of symptoms by eliminating FODMAP from their diet.The greater the time on low FODMAP the more robust your system will become.