If you have periodic bouts of worse-than-usual IBS symptoms, think through these possibilities to see if they offer any insights that might be useful to you.
Q. My child is prone to frequent stomach aches. Her doctor says she is healthy and he doesn’t have any concerns about her height or weight. I have pretty bad IBS myself and I worry about whether my daughter might have it too. I’ve heard that a low-FODMAP diet can help kids with IBS. Should I try a low-FODMAP diet with her?
A. Kids can certainly have IBS, but my advice is to avoid jumping to that conclusion.
A FODMAP elimination diet is not the type of diet meant to help people lose weight. In fact, some people with IBS actually need to gain weight for one reason or another. Unintentional weight loss can happen if you've been ill or if you've been over-restricting your diet trying to find relief of your abdominal pain, bloating, excess gas, diarrhea or constipation.
Smoothies have never been more popular! And why not? They taste great, can be assembled quickly, offer a convenient way to have a meal while on the job or in the car, and are a great vehicle for eating more fruits and vegetables. You can even use them to help you take nutritional supplements! As healthy as they can be, however, they are full of belly-ache potential.
Q. Is it a good idea to take digestive enzymes during the FODMAP elimination diet process described in The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook?