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  1. Breath tests are used to detect gases which are produced by bacterial fermentation of unabsorbed carbohydrates and then passed through your breath. Breath tests are used in the diagnosis of carbohydrate malabsorption and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO. Malabsorption of carbohydrates has been seen as a key trigger of irritable bowel syndrome-type symptoms such as diarrhea or constipation, bloating and excess gas. FoodMarble AIRE is a portable breath test device that can measure gases which might be able to identify which foods you are not absorbing which are causing you IBS-like symptoms. FoodMarble AIRE measures your body’s response to how it digests food by analyzing your breath and giving you immediate results. It also helps you to identify possible trigger components in different foods by tracking and trending your results over time using the smartphone app. The FoodMarble AIRE works by analyzing hydrogen in your breath similar to how labs do it. Listen to our podcast with Aonghus Shortt,PhD Co-Founder & CEO, and Claire Shortt,PhD Chief Scientist from FoodMarble who were my guests while at Digestive Disease Week in San Diego 2019. They explained what was the purpose in creating the AIRE breath test device, how does it work and how this might benefit an IBS sufferer especially when it comes to analyzing foods in a low FODMAP diet. https://www.ibspatient.org/podcasts What's in the box: AIRE portable breast test device: FODMAP Program (optional):
  2. I followed the Crohn's and Colitis Congress #CCCongress over the last several days. It's an annual medically oriented meeting with doctors, researchers, industry and patient advocates focused on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). While IBD is medically different than IBS, many IBD patients have IBS-like symptoms between flares. Many of the treatment options that IBS patients use are just as relevant to an IBD patient. Many dietary modifications, therapy and often feelings of despair are also similar. The one thing not similar is an understanding that suffering from IBS has just a high impact as IBD on someone's quality of life. I'm working pretty hard to highlight the QOL issues of an IBS sufferer. Since I have both IBS and Crohn's disease, I have a perspective on both. It's sometimes a real challenge to find a doctor that will take IBS as seriously as IBD. I can tell you that they are out there. Find a new doctor, if you can, if your doctor isn't sympathetic to your QOL issues. There is no reason that you have to suffer in silence on your own.
  3. Kat

    FODMAP Gifts

    I have been following the low FODMAP diet for nearly 2 years now and have had times in my life where it has felt really difficult and other times it has been easier. One of the hardest times was over Christmas; people tried to include me and buy me treats that were gluten and lactose free but many of these products were still high FODMAP so not only was I deprived but also now in an even more awkward situation. That's why I've decided to start making Low FODMAP foodie gift box. Whether you are looking to treat yourself or you're after some gift ideas you can rest assured that all items are safe for events elimination phase. For more information on what's inc!used and how to order, take a look at my finder https://www.fiverr.com/swain326/create-a-low-fodmap-gluten-free-lactose-free-gift-box-hamper-12fa
  4. I have read the book on low FODMAPs from Monash university. It says that you can eat beef, pork and lactose free milk. I can eat none of these without extreme episodes. The only diet that has helped me is the Heather VanVorous diet that is listed on the website :helpforIBS.com. Even with following this diet, controlling the disorder is a continual battle. I hope the FODMAP diet helps some, but I would also suggest you look at the diet listed on the other website I have listed.
  5. The Low FODMAP Diet: Elimination is the Beginning NOT the End The team at Monash University in Australia, led by Professor Peter Gibson MD, developed the low FODMAP diet. In its strictest sense it is not so much a diet as it is a diagnostic tool for helping to determine whether foods in your diet are involved in contributing to your gastrointestinal symptoms. Some IBS sufferers have unfortunately been using the low FODMAP diet as a forever elimination diet whereas it was designed to be a three phase process. Taking on the three phase diet process by yourself is not recommended. An experienced FODMAP Dietitian is your best ally for using this diet as a diagnostic tool for symptoms. >> Read More
  6. Effect of Triticum turgidum subsp. turanicum wheat on irritable bowel syndrome: a double-blinded randomised dietary intervention trial. Sofi F1, Whittaker A2, Gori AM3, Cesari F3, Surrenti E4, Abbate R3, Gensini GF3, Benedettelli S2, Casini A1. Author information Abstract The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of a replacement diet with organic, semi-whole-grain products derived from Triticum turgidum subsp. turanicum (ancient) wheat on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms and inflammatory/biochemical parameters. A double-blinded randomised cross-over trial was performed using twenty participants (thirteen females and seven males, aged 18-59 years) classified as having moderate IBS. Participants received products (bread, pasta, biscuits and crackers) made either from ancient or modern wheat for 6 weeks in a random order. Symptoms due to IBS were evaluated using two questionnaires, which were compiled both at baseline and on a weekly basis during the intervention period. Blood analyses were carried out at the beginning and end of each respective intervention period. During the intervention period with ancient wheat products, patients experienced a significant decrease in the severity of IBS symptoms, such as abdominal pain (P< 0·0001), bloating (P= 0·004), satisfaction with stool consistency (P< 0·001) and tiredness (P< 0·0001). No significant difference was observed after the intervention period with modern wheat products. Similarly, patients reported significant amelioration in the severity of gastrointestinal symptoms only after the ancient wheat intervention period, as measured by the intensity of pain (P= 0·001), the frequency of pain (P< 0·0001), bloating (P< 0·0001), abdominal distension (P< 0·001) and the quality of life (P< 0·0001). Interestingly, the inflammatory profile showed a significant reduction in the circulating levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, including IL-6, IL-17, interferon-γ, monocyte chemotactic protein-1 and vascular endothelial growth factor after the intervention period with ancient wheat products, but not after the control period. In conclusion, significant improvements in both IBS symptoms and the inflammatory profile were reported after the ingestion of ancient wheat products. Link to full article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4405706/
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