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The Low FODMAP diet

low fodmap diet book coverIf you experience bloating, intestinal discomfort, excessive flatulence, gas, or diarrhoea these might be caused by FODMAP sensitivity.

FODMAPs are “Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols” – essentially carbohydrates (sugars) that are found in foods and may be poorly absorbed in the small intestine of some people.

The Low FODMAP diet was developed by researchers at Monash University. Some foods contain high amounts of FODMAPs and should be avoided by people sensitive to them – onions and garlic in particular.

The researchers claim it is “the revolutionary plan for managing symptoms in IBS, Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease and other digestive disorders”.

FODMAPs pull water into the intestinal tract, may not be digested or absorbed well, and ferment (bubble) in the intestinal tract when eaten in excess. These processes can expand the intestines and cause discomfort.

The diet recommends a 6-8 week period of avoiding high FODMAP foods (although the alleviation of symptoms should be noticeable within a week for most people sensitive to FODMAPs), then gradually re-introducing foods that are high in FODMAPs to see which are poorly absorbed by the individual.

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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

irritable bowel syndromeIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS for short) is a widespread condition in the United Kingdom. In fact, statistics show that up to 20% of the population will develop a form of IBS at some point in their lives.

Because it can be a chronic illness IBS can feel like a life sentence, even stopping people from carrying out their daily activities and living normal lives. The symptoms can be debilitating at times, however with proper care the condition can usually be managed effectively. Read in full

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Fybogel Mebeverine

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Fybogel Mebeverine sachets are a medicine prescribed by doctors for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Many people experience abdominal pains, bloating, and other bowel upsets from time to time. The symptoms usually come and go and can be severe and distressing.

Fybogel is a natural fibre from Ispaghula husks. Mebeverine is an antispasmodic. The combination of the two in sachets makes it easier to go to the toilet and reduces spasm. These prescription medicines are available online from Dr Fox.

Taking Mebeverine Fybogel is simple. Sachets are mixed with water and taken twice a day before food. An extra dose in the middle of the day can also be taken if required. It may be necessary to take the sachets regularly for a few days or weeks, but they are not normally needed all the time. Symptoms should have settled within two weeks.

Fybogel Mebeverine is gentle treatment and unlikely to cause side effects. The dual action sachets add fibre to the diet and sooth the tummy. Read in full

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