When the trigger is … DIET
If you’ve already made the simple lifestyle changes listed on the previous page but your symptoms persist, then your GP may suggest you trial a low-FODMAP diet, with the guidance of a dietitian.
The name FODMAP is simply an acronym for a group of carbohydrates (see far right) that have been shown to bring on IBS symptoms in some people.
Foods high in FODMAPs include wheat, some pulses, milk, and even certain fruits and vegetables. Alcohol, fizzy drinks, fatty foods, caffeine and processed ready-made meals are also high in FODMAPs.
To find your food triggers, you’ll need to follow a strict elimination diet for four to eight weeks where all FODMAPs are excluded. But this isn’t a life-long diet. After eight weeks, foods are then reintroduced systematically to find out which, if any, are causing your symptoms. It’s very important that this is done under the supervision of a dietitian, or you risk missing
out on vital nutrients.
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