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Got IBS? You Should Know FODMAPs
Created on 7/10/2014

Sometimes scientists discover great new ways to address illness and discomfort.

And when they do, they almost always assign a crazy name to the finding.

Here's one - FODMAPs.

It stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols.

Well, now, that was easy. Not really, but let's break the information down a little to make it easier:

- doctors have long known about FODMAPs

- while many people are, or are convinced they are, sensitive to gluten, far more are likely sensitive to foods that contain FODMAPs

- FODMAPs have been making the news, with articles appearing in The Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052970204554204577023880581820726) , on NPR (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/05/22/314287321/sensitive-to-gluten-a-carb-in-wheat-may-be-the-real-culprit), and a variety of other places 

- if you are one of the many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you could feel much better simply by avoiding FODMAPs in your diet

- it's not that hard to follow a low FODMAP diet

Many people, myself included, refer to the web site from the Australian University where research into FODMAPs really started making a difference - http://www.med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/fodmap/ Here you will find lots of information on FODMAPs, including guidance on how to create a low FODMAP diet.

If you have IBS, gas, bloating or other digestive issues, visit the web site and then ask your doctors what they think about a low FODMAP diet, and whether it might be good for you.

FODMAPs - avoiding them could help you feel better if you have IBS.

Be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **


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