IBS or a Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)?

Many years ago I began to experience severe gas, bloating and debilitating gut pain that became worse as the day wore on.  At the end of the evening I could barely muster the strength to walk around because the only position I felt comfortable in was lying down.  Gastroenterologist after gastroenterologist diagnosed me with Irritable … Continue reading IBS or a Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)?

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7 Non-Diet Ways to Support Gut Health

Removing FODMAP's is one way that can support our digestion while we heal, but it should never be used long term.  It is only a a way to see which foods, if any, are causing issues.  When we experience IBS, SIBO or other gut issues we often turn to diet first,  but when taken too … Continue reading 7 Non-Diet Ways to Support Gut Health

Low-FODMAP Pizzoccheri (Buckwheat Pasta with Potatoes, Green Beans, Zucchini and Spinach)

Just north of Milan is a mountainous region of Lombardy known for its epic skiing, spas, bresaola (dried slices of beef similar to prosciutto) and a hearty pasta dish called Pizzoccheri.  Pizzoccheri is a robust dish of short buckwheat pasta cooked up with potatoes, cabbage, butter and cheese. My first introduction to buckwheat pasta was … Continue reading Low-FODMAP Pizzoccheri (Buckwheat Pasta with Potatoes, Green Beans, Zucchini and Spinach)

Should You Follow a Paleo Diet For Gut Healing?

Should you follow a paleo diet for gut healing?  Maybe or maybe not, you decide. If you search the internet for "gut healing diet" you will find many recommendations for following a paleo-type or autoimmune protocol diet.  These diets eliminate grains, beans, soy, dairy and sugar.  The autoimmune protocol goes further and eliminates nuts, seeds, nightshades and eggs. … Continue reading Should You Follow a Paleo Diet For Gut Healing?

Can IBS Contribute to Eating Disorders?

People suffering from eating disorders (ED) often complain of digestive distress such as bloating, constipation and abdominal pain.  In one study 98% of female ED patients met the criteria for at least one Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder (FGIDs).  Out of those patients 52% of were diagnosed with IBS, 24% with constipation, 31% with abdominal bloating and … Continue reading Can IBS Contribute to Eating Disorders?

The Mediterranean Diet Low-FODMAP Style

May is Mediterranean Diet month and before you disregard it as another fad read on. There have been literally hundreds of studies done on the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.  Even the New York Times best-seller “The Blue Zones”, which identified places were people live the longest, found 2 of the 5 “zones” located in … Continue reading The Mediterranean Diet Low-FODMAP Style

Low-FODMAP Diet Not Helping Constipation? Now What?

We often think that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) causes the same symptoms in everyone but this isn't true.  IBS is categorized into 4 types: IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) IBS-C (constipation predominant) IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) IBS-U (unclassified; the symptoms cannot be categorized into one of the above three subtypes) Today we are going to focus on … Continue reading Low-FODMAP Diet Not Helping Constipation? Now What?