The Low FODMAP Diet For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Posted By Author on March 31, 2021

Low FODMAP diets are most commonly recommended for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). While symptoms vary widely, many who suffer from IBS have experienced relief through the reduction of high FODMAP foods.

The Low FODMAP diet chart at Charleston GI gastroenterologist

What Are FODMAP Diets?

FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, and Mono-saccharides, And Polyols. The dietary approach was developed in 2005 by Australian researchers at Monash University to improve digestive symptoms for those with IBS or, in some cases, inflammatory bowel disease.

Oligo-saccharides include legumes, wheat, rye, garlic, onions and artichokes. Di-saccharides include dairy products containing lactose, such as milk, ice cream and cheese. Mono-saccharides contain glucose and fructose, such as honey and some fruits. Polyols include sugar-free gum/mints as well as select fruits and vegetables.


What Is a Low FODMAP Diet?

The goal of low FODMAP diets for IBS is to limit the short-chain carbohydrates that are not easily digested and absorbed in the small intestine. In theory, the removal and strategic reintroduction of potential “trigger foods” helps to determine intolerances. It is important for people with IBS to seek medical advice first.

Here at Charleston GI, our specialists can help you identify the high FODMAP foods that trigger symptoms – and how best to avoid them. For instance, if lactose triggers symptoms, we can help create a diverse, lactose-free diet that ensures your body gets the nutrients it needs.

Keep in mind that low FODMAP diets can be difficult to follow, but they are just temporary – and could result in long-term benefits!


Who Can Benefit From a FODMAP Diet?

Low FODMAP diets for those who suffer from IBS have proven effective, helping to reduce painful symptoms and improve overall quality of life. In order to maintain a balanced amount of protein, fat, carbs and nutrients, low FODMAP diets should only be followed under a professional’s supervision. Schedule your appointment at Charleston GI to find out if a low FODMAP diet is right for you!


IBS Symptoms That Can Improve With FODMAP

While not designed for weight loss, low FODMAP diets may improve the following digestive symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Gas
  • Loose stools
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Constipation


Talk to Your Charleston GI Doctor Today!

To learn more about low FODMAP diets for irritable bowel syndrome, visit us at Charleston GI today! We offer 4 convenient locations throughout the Lowcountry in Summerville, Carnes Crossroads, Mount Pleasant and West Ashley. Our team of highly-qualified specialists are committed to providing a higher standard of caring – and relief from digestive symptoms!

Schedule your appointment today. No referral needed!

Common Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) FAQs

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome is an intestinal disorder causing individuals pain in the belly, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. 


What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Common irritable bowel syndrome symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. Some patients maintain better control of IBS symptoms with help of managing a diet, lifestyle chances, reducing stress and other methods. You should partner with a board certified gastroenterologist for further medical assistance.  


What are the common causes of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

The common causes of irritable bowel syndrome is still quite unclear to healthcare professionals. A diagnosis by a board certified gastroenterologist is commonly based on symptoms rather than a specific cause creating IBS.


How to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

There are some patients that have controlled their IBS symptoms with help of managing a diet, lifestyle changes, reducing stress, medication and counseling. Forms of treatment would include high fiber diet, dietary fiber, physical exercise, stress management, and relaxation techniques. Mediation and therapy have been a resource for some to treat IBS including biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychotherapy. You should schedule an appointment with an experienced gastroenterologist for proper medical support on treatments with IBS. 


What is the best diet for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

A common diet offered by trained gastroenterologists and other health professionals is the Low FODMAP Diet because it is high in fiber and this benefits patients with IBS. 


Can I drink alcohol with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

No, board certified gastroenterologists and other health professionals do not recommend consuming alcohol while suffering with IBS. Alcohol consumption has been shown to irritate the gut and this results in IBS symptoms like flare-ups. Some patients have experienced increased symptoms due to consuming alcohol resulting in an increase of cramps, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. 


How long does irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) last?

The time frame of having IBS flare-ups can vary. IBS may last for days or weeks. There is the possibility of your symptoms changing during the flare. You need to partner with a board certified gastroenterologist who can monitor your recovery.

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