Health: Stop thrush taking over your life; plus the low-yeast, low-sugar diet and deodorant for teens
Fructans, found in foods like wheat, onion and garlic 4. Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS,) found in beans, lentils and soybeans 5. Polyols, such as sorbitol and mannitol, found in fruits such as cherries, apricots, and apples, and a sweetener added to sugar-free gum and mints A low FODMAP diet can help manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS,) a condition that afflicts one out of five people in the U.S. The low FODMAP diet was first described in 2005 by researchers from Australia’s Monash University; since then, evidence is mounting on the diet’s effectiveness in managing IBS. Unlike simply limiting lactose or sorbitol consumption to minimize IBS distress, the low FODMAP diet reduces all poorly absorbed FODMAPs as they cumulatively impact symptoms. Why low FODMAP? A 2006 study in Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that 75 percent of IBS patients who followed a low FODMAP diet noted symptom improvement. In a follow up study, those with improvement in IBS symptoms experienced exacerbation of symptoms when the FODMAPs, fructose or fructans, were reintroduced (Clinical Gastroenterology Hepatology, 2008.) In a 2011 study in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers found the low FODMAP diet conferred 86 percent better symptom response than traditional IBS diet therapy. People with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis may also benefit from a low FODMAP diet. A study in the Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis in 2009 evaluated the effectiveness of a low FODMAP diet in individuals with these disorders, and found that overall abdominal pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea improved. How do FODMAPs impact IBS symptoms? When people have problems absorbing FODMAPs, extra water is drawn into their intestines, contributing to diarrhea. In addition, these carbohydrates are fermented by intestinal bacteria, causing gas.
But the Fodmap diet does not restrict sugar or aspartame (artificial sweetener). Many nutritional experts advise patients with your symptoms to avoid sugar in any form until they recover. Your symptoms suggest that the problem is caused by candida, a yeast that occurs naturally on the skin, in the mouth, vagina and digestive system. In a healthy body, candida in the digestive system is kept under control by the levels of good bacteria and the immune system. But if the good bugs are reduced by antibiotics, the contraceptive pill, HRT or stress, the single-celled yeast can grow roots, which can pierce the walls of the gut and invade the bloodstream, causing a yeast infection known as candidiasis. Symptoms of candidiasis include persistent vaginal thrush, bloating and flatulence, craving for sugar and bread, getting tipsy on a little alcohol, brain fog, athletes foot and fungal toe as well as food sensitivities. You can test for candida by doing a candida antibody test (140.40, from naturalhealthpractice.com). A low-yeast, low-sugar diet (see below) would be much better for you than the Fodmap diet. You could also try NHP Advanced Probiotic Support (29.98 for 60 capsules) and eliminate the candida overgrowth by using natural remedies such as oregano (Oregano Complex by Biocare, 23.86 for 60 capsules). The Fodmap diet restricts the following foods: Fermentable Oligosaccharides, eg, lentils, kidney beans, broccoli, and wheat Disaccharides, eg, milk, soft cheeses and yoghurt Monosaccharides, eg, apples, pears, honey and fruit juices And Polyols, eg, Xylitol and stone fruits The low-yeast, low-sugar diet Avoid sugar and foods containing sugar (eg, cakes, jam and biscuits), foods containing yeast (bread, yeast extracts and pizzas), refined grains (white flour, white rice and fermented products including alcohol, vinegar and soy sauce), peanuts, malted foods and drinks, fruit juices, fruit and dried fruit, dairy products (except those below), and regular tea and coffee. Choose Fish, eggs, tofu, live organic natural yoghurt, butter, vegetables, herbal teas, yeast-free soda bread, nuts and seeds, soya milk and pulses. Stick to apples and pears for fruit, and only eat crispbreads that are yeast-, malt- and sugar-free.