IBS, Paleo and FODMAPS
Irritable bowel syndrome (often called ‘IBS’) is a disorder that interferes with the normal functioning of the large bowel. The most common symptoms include pain or discomfort in the abdomen, bloating, an urgent need to empty the bowel, and changes in bowel habit (diarrhoea or constipation, or both).
It will often come and go throughout life and can be a painful and upsetting condition. Its exact cause is unknown. Irritable bowel syndrome affects between 10 and 20% of the general population, but most often occurs in young people between the ages of 20 and 30. It is twice as common in women as in men.
Do You Have IBS?
There are no specific tests to confirm IBS. Your symptoms should have lasted about 6 months and your Doctor or health professional should test you to rule out any other illnesses first. Once these have been done and ruled out a diagnosis of IBS is usually given.
Your digestive system plays a vital role in supporting your natural defences, preventing digestive problems and contributing to the health of the whole body. It’s a complex collection of organs that work together to make sure the nutrients, vitamins and minerals necessary for overall health can be used and absorbed in the body. Your gut flora plays an essential role in a healthy gut and having IBS means you need to address the problem, get rid of any bad bacteria or unhealthy gut flora and replace it with new healthy good flora. Many different foods, medications and stress can cause these problems. Eating a healthy diet can combat this, loading your body with toxins and eating junk food will not help you to recover.
The Paleo diet offers a easy and simple solution. It removes all the most common triggers of the illness eg, grains, dairy and additives. Replacing them with healthy options, gives your system, time to heal. The Paleo diet consists of fresh meat, poultry, fish, seafood and eggs, fruit, nuts and seeds, healthy oils, vegetables and to drink water, tea and healing bone broths. This is also known as the caveman diet and it is going back, many years to how we used to eat. They certainly did not suffer from any of the Western illnesses that we do today. This diet also provides all the nutrients, protein, vitamins, fibre, minerals and antioxidants we need.
IBS and FODMAPS
Another common cause of IBS is a intolerance to FODMAPS. They are a complex variety of carbohydrate standing for (Fermentable, Oligosaccharide,Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols). Foods high in FODMAPS include several fruits and vegetables such as onions, cauliflower and apples. The unhealthy gut of an IBS sufferer is unable to tolerate them and your gut flora will ferment them, causing painful symptoms. If you have an idea that you are sensitive to these types of foods, then check them out and remove them from your diet.
Digestive health and a good functioning brain are essential to everyday living. GAPS diet stands for Gut and Psychological syndrome, shows evidence that eating the right kinds of foods can heal your body and improve mental functioning. An adult can carry up to 2kg of bacteria in the gut. The good bacteria needs to function correctly to keep us healthy physically and mentally. Their role in our well being is so monumental we must not ignore them.
The Paleo diet gives IBS a chance of a new future of a healthy gut, removing the horrid symptoms, restoring our gut flora and the chance to re-invigorate ourselves to a better health and new lifestyle. It is simply a question of when do I start?