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5 reasons this doctor thinks you should try the low FODMAP diet

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Should you try the low FODMAP diet for 2017? Here are 5 reasons one MD thinks you should.


What is the low FODMAP diet?

The diet consists of gut friendly foods. In other words, you might find yourself with less bloating and cramping and diarrhea. You will eat foods that are low in low in fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols (FODMAPs).

But for many, that can be confusing. What does that mean even?

The diet consists of eating foods that don’t “ferment” in your gut - avoiding foods that are not easily digested - like certain carbohydrates You won’t be eating dairy, wheat, rye, foods with high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and some fruits.

Most of the aforementioned are then slowly introduced back into the diet.

For those suffering from IBS, the food plan might be particularly helpful and there is indeed good research to support following the diet.

Dr. Rachel Pauls, a board-certified surgeon and mother of three who follows a low-FODMAP food plan to alleviate her own IBS symptoms, advocates the diet, has her own food line and even says food nutrition labels should include low FODMAP to help people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome that affects fifteen percent of Americans.

The diet has also been recommended for Crohn’s disease sufferers.

You should also know your doctor might recommend you only eat low FODMAP foods under the supervision of a registered dietitian. Also, you won’t necessarily lose weight, but there is no question that food options are pretty limited.

Here are 5 reasons to try the diet, according to Dr. Pauls:

Improved sex life from a diet?

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Yep! That’s what the doctor claims. The obvious reason? You won’t have as much gas, making it easier to feel intimate without fear of expelling flatus.

You will have a better self-image

No more struggling to get into the skinny jeans. You may or may not lose weight, but you’ll certainly look thinner without the belly bloat.

Your mood will improve

Whose mood wouldn’t get a lift from less cramping and belly pain?

More productivity

Dr. Pauls says you’ll get more done; have fewer sick days at work. The result might even lead to a career change or a climb up the corporate ladder.

IBS.org reports the disease costs society $21 billion or more annually” from direct and indirect medical costs.

No more sudden bathroom breaks

You’ll have more freedom from the bathroom. No more fear of not having a toilet nearby.

The FODMAP diet for IBS could be the latest food trend, given the large numbers of IBS sufferers. Symptoms, though bothersome, are not life threatening but the diarrhea and intermittent constipation can affect quality of life and lifestyle. Symptoms can come and go and tend to worsen during stress and with emotional changes.

See: Is the Low FODMAP diet the best treatment for IBS?