In my role as a Massage Therapist I meet many people who suffer with food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances that can lead to stomach pain, bloating and skin problems. I too am in the process of changing my diet as I have been suffering pain and bloating after eating certain foods and from the chemicals in some water. I have a few friends who are also having gut issues – we are all currently looking at what we can do to change this situation and there is lots of good advice out there!!
I am currently reading Liz Earle’s “The Good Gut Guide” a really informative book where Liz covers “How the microscopic organisms that make up so much of who we are also make the most incredible difference to how we look, how well we age and how fit we feel.” Liz also outlines what we really need to eat and drink, there is a six week journey plan to better gut health and some delicious recipes.
Liz’s website – Liz Earle Wellbeing has some interesting Podcasts on gut health too – the one with Dietician & Health Writer, Laura Tilt on Digestion and IBS is good listening! Check out Laura’a website too – Tilt Nutrition
The Low FODMAP Diet looks interesting – In essence, FODMAPs (an acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols) is a name for a collection of molecules found in food, that can be poorly absorbed by some people causing bloating, pain, wind and pain. Under the supervision of a dietitian, high FODMAP foods are eliminated from the diet for six to eight weeks and replaced with suitable alternatives. The list of High FODMAP foods include onions, garlic, asparagus, mushrooms, apples, lentils, rye, wheat foods, milk, to name a few! Certainly a couple there my tummy dislikes!!
I will let you know how I get on!!