Foods To Steer Clear Of For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

6 Sep

I am reporting on the FODMAP diet which is a diet developed in Australia which includes many foods that cause poor absorption in the intestines.  FODMAP is an acronym which stands for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides + Polyols.  It is a collection of molecules found in food which is poorly absorbed by certain individuals.  When this food is eaten and not absorbed in the small intestine, it passes into the large intestine where bacteria ferment it.  This produces gas and results in bloating and flatulence.

Some examples of foods that are problematic include the following:  Excess fructose:  in honey, apples, pears, mangoes, watermelon,  Fructans:  in artichokes, onion family including garlic, wheat, rye, barley, Lactose:  in milk, ice cream, yogurt, certain cheese, Galacto-Oligosaccharides:  in legumes, Polyols: in apples, apricots, avocados, cherries, nectarines, pears, plums, prunes.

The above mentioned food needs to be completely eliminated from the diet for the first 6-8 weeks.  Beyond the 6-8 week period, experimentation with certain foods can occur by reintroducing one food at a time and waiting up to 72 hours to see if there is any adverse reaction.  If there is no reaction, small amounts may be included in the diet.

According to US News + World Report, a low FODMAP diet shows a reduction of symptoms in people who suffer from IBS by 80%.

Ilia Regini is a holistic nutritional consultant, healing foods chef, speaker, writer and blogger.  She can be reached at 914-714-9773 or by email:  healthynourishedbody@gmail.com

Sources:

ibsdiet.org

shepherdworks.com.au

health.usnews.com/best-diet/low-fodmap-diet

Nutritional Information for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

7 May

Each and every day we hear about more and more synthetic chemicals being added to most of the processed food in this country. The result is that children are increasingly being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  I have outlined below suggestions for what to eliminate and what to add.

Trial elimination of most common foods that cause allergens (wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, citrus fruit, chocolate, tomatoes, sugar, yeast)

Implementation of a rotation diet high in protein, fresh fruits and vegetables which are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals and low in sugar and refined carbohydrates

Trial elimination of gluten and casein from the diet.  Gluten containing grains include wheat, oats, barley, rye, semolina, spelt, triticale and kamut.  Acceptable grains are brown rice, sweet rice, quinoa, amaranth, teff and millet.

Casein is a protein found in dairy products.  The following dietary foods need to be eliminated:  milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, lactose, whey and caseinates.

Trial elimination of food containing yeast and molds such as all baked goods, condiments, candy, mushrooms, vinegar, most fruits.

Supplementation with a multi-vitamin in order to repair any nutritional deficiencies that may exist as a result of malabsorption or improper diet.

Supplementation with nutrients that promote digestion such as digestive enzymes.

Supplementation with nutrients that have healing properties for the gut wall such as colostrum, certain amino acids and lactoferrin.

Supplementation with probiotics in order to maintain a healthy balance of beneficial intestinal microflora.

Try to consume as many foods that do not contain ingredients as possibile.  These will be your best bet.

Nutritional Information for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

7 May

Each and every day we hear about more and more synthetic chemicals being added to most of the processed food in this country.  The result is that children are increasingly being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  I have outlined below suggestions for what to eliminate and what to add.

Trial elimination of most common foods that cause allergens (wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, citrus fruit, chocolate, tomatoes, sugar, yeast)

Implementation of a rotation diet high in protein, fresh fruits and vegetables which are high in fiber and vitamins and minerals and low in sugar and refined carbohydrates

Trial elimination of gluten and casein from the diet.  Gluten containing grains include wheat, oats, barley, rye, semolina, spelt, triticale and kamut.  Acceptable grains are brown rice, sweet rice, quinoa, amaranth, teff and millet.

Casein is a protein found in dairy products.  The following dietary foods need to be eliminated:  milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, lactose, whey and caseinates.

Trial elimination of foods containing yeasts and molds

Supplementation with a multi-vitamin in order to repair any nutritional deficiencies that may exist as a result of malabsorption or improper diet.

Supplementation with nutrients that promote digestion such as digestive enzymes.

Supplementation with nutrients that have healing properties for the gut wall such as colostrum, certain amino acids and lactoferrin.

Supplementation with probiotics in order to maintain a healthy balance of beneficial intestinal microflora

Try to consume as many foods that do not contain ingredients as possible.  These will be your best bet.

 

Ilia Regini is a nutritional healing foods chef, teacher, health & wellness advisor, writer and blogger.  I can be reached at: healthynourishedbody@gmail.com

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