Today is Tuesday! So… here’s your tip!
The low FODMAP diet is an evidenced based diet shown to help improve symptoms in 75% of those who suffer with IBS…but sometimes there are overlapping food triggers for people with IBS. Not every one is sensitive to a cup of coffee ….but some people with IBS can be particularly bothered by the stimulant effect of caffeine. If that’s you, go slow on the joe!
Fat can stimulate movement in the intestine…which for the person with fast transit of the intestine…eating a particularly fatty meal can send you running for the loo. And if you have an overlapping diagnosis of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (many IBS patients do–in my estimation) then fat digestion can be impaired. Gut bacteria get to your bile, a substance that is made in your liver and secreted from your gall bladder to aid fat digestion, before it can do it’s job! In small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), the bacteria render the bile inactive. Since bile helps make fat into digestible units—fat maldigestion can occur in SIBO.
Small amounts of acceptable low FODMAP alcoholic beverages seem to be well tolerated in my experience (a glass of dry white or red wine, for example) but OVERdoing alcohol is not recommended…of course, for general health BUT also alcohol can pull water into the intestine and lead to diarrhea. NO thanks!
We are all a little different…Always listen to your body.
Today’s post inspired by my intern, Amy Beliveau! Thanks Amy for the great Tuesday Tip!