Low FODMAP Diet

Low Fodmap DietHere’s everything you need to know about the low FODMAP diet

I read a great post by Lucy Whigham telling you all you need to know about the low FODMAP diet. The FODMAP diet is one to really consider if you find that you have SIBO and need to be sure not to feed the overgrowth of bad bacteria that you’re trying to get rid of. It’s also a consideration for IBS and IBD.

What does low FODMAP mean?

The acronym refers to the foods that you need to cut out. They are Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols. These are naturally occurring sugars found in a wide range of foods we eat everyday.

Fermentable – meaning they are broken down (fermented) by bacteria in the large bowel
Oligosaccharides – “oligo” means “few” and “saccharide” means sugar. These molecules are made up of individual sugars joined together in a chain
Disaccharides – “di” means two. This is a double sugar molecule
Monosaccharides – “mono” means single. This is a single sugar molecule
Polyols – these are sugar alcohols (however, they don’t lead to intoxication!)

What happens is that they are not fully broken down during digestion and that’s why they can’t be completely absorbed in you body. Instead, they remain in the digestive tract where they are fermented by the gut bacteria.

The fermentation leads to production of gas which causes excessive bloating, gas, pain, cramping, and even gurgling.

The other thing that happens is that water accumulates in the digestive tract which can result in frequent bowel movements and even diarrhea.

They have found that following a low FODMAP, i.e. keeping away there particular fermentable carbohydrates, for about 4-6 weeks, it can help you regain control over your digestive symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Clinical trials show that a low FODMAP diet significantly improves the symptoms of IBS with 60% to 75% of people showing significant improvement in gut symptoms.

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which foods in particular make your symptoms worse. Sometimes a flare up can happen because of stress and anxiety. Sometimes its because of changes in gut bacteria. Sometimes, it’s because of what you’re eaten.

You can think about dividing the FODMAP Diet process into 3 stages.

1 Elimination phase. Remove high FODMAP foods for four to six weeks . Here is the list of foods from Joe Leech that you can eat.
2 Re-challenge phase. Reintroduce FODMAPs in a controlled way to be able to identify the foods that are causing your symptoms. Here is a reintroduction chart from Joe Leech you can follow.
3 Maintenance phase.

Low FODMAP Diet

Cut out all five families of fermentable carbohydrates:

Fructans – wheat, rye, onions, garlic, various other grains and vegetables

Galacto-oligosaccharides – beans and pulses

Polyols – certain fruit, certain artificial sweeteners

Fructose – various fruits, honey and agave nectar

Lactose – animal milks, yogurts and some cheeses.

What can you eat on a Low FODMAP Diet?

Carbohydrates like rice, oats, potatoes, quinoa and buckwheat

Proteins like meat, poultry, eggs and fish

Vegetables and salads that are allowed

Words of advice

  • Cook from scratch.
  • Read Labels. There are lots os no no’s in pre-packaged foods.
  • Check with your personal doctor or dietitian first.
  • Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and drink up.
  • Black coffee, black tea, peppermint tea, and green tea are very low FODMAP and okay to have with no milk.
  • Keep a food diary: Record each meal you had and if you experienced any undesirable symptoms after each meal or later that day. It helps you recognize triggers and later on for the reintroduction phase.

Low FODMAP Diet Resource

Monash App

It’s only $11 to buy the Monash University FODMAPs app, available on iPhone and Android devices.They have a huge number of foods that have been tested for their FODMAP levels, as well as almost 100 original recipe ideas.

Perfect Food – Everything Your Body Needs

Perfect Food is Everything Your Body Needs

In an ideal world we’d all be eating the recommended 5-6 servings a day of fruits and vegetables to maintain optimal health. Studies have shown that this a key factor for healthy living and longevity.
You can get everything your body needs by taking Perfect Food on a regular basis.

Health Vegetables found in Perfect Food

With today’s hectic, fast – paced lifestyle this can be a challenge sometimes.

Did you know that about 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food is for processed foods?

They’re often fortified with nutrients but lack naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in fresh whole foods.

Even if you are eating a healthy diet, it’s not always possible to get all the vitamins, mineral and nutrients you need from your diet.

Modern-day diets are often lacking in nutrition, in large part because our food supply is not what it used to be.

Why is our food supply less nutritious?

  • genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • severely-depleted soil
  • processed foods are stripped of nutrients
  • pesticides in the food supply

How Can You Increase Vitamins, Minerals and Nutrients in Your Diet?

Greens supply a litany of micronutrients your body needs to function optimally. If you are not eating enough greens or simply want to kick start your energy or achieve diet goals, consider adding a green powder supplement to your daily routine.

This simple change will help shift your biochemistry so that you actually start craving more greens and less sugar and carbohydrates.

Perfect FoodOne of our favorites is Perfect Food from Garden of Life, originally formulated by Jordan Rubin. This formula is a balanced blend of nutrient dense, enzyme rich live foods including antioxidant green grasses, calcified red algae, sea vegetables, whole vegetables and their juices, sprouted grains, seeds and legumes.

THE BODY BENEFITS:

  • Helps Transport and Breakdown Cholesterol
    This is just one of the many roles of the Omega 3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids in this formula. The EFA’s also play a role in regulating blood pressure, hormone production, brain and nervous system function. And last but not least, they keep your cell membranes healthy.
  • Oxygenates Your Blood
    Certain greens are superfoods which have tremendous health benefits but we wouldn’t normally eat them. This formula contains spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, and wheatgrass which aid in your bodies detox process.
  • Improves Digestion
    Cereal grasses support the growth of lactobacilli, the “healthy flora” bacteria that inhabit the digestive tract. It contains ten probiotic strains and delivers one billion live cells
  • Boosts Immune Function
    Each serving provides 100% Daily Value of Vitamin A, 83% vitamin C from natural sources, and over 15% of calcium from natural sources. It also contains spirulina, a super food for maximizing your immune system.
  • Boost Energy
    Overcome sluggish energy in no time with the power of organic greens and organic fruits.
  • Maintains pH Balance in Your Gut
    Greens promote a more alkaline environment in your gut. The balance of potassium and magnesium found in vegetables help maintain the more alkaline state that your body prefers.To learn more about the Importance of pH balance in your gut, Click Here


HOW TO ENJOY PERFECT FOOD:

Perfect Food Green Drink

– Easy to use powder form that can go with you when you travel

– Mix it with an 8 ox. glass of water

– Blend into smoothies or juices

– Add it to your yogurt or soup

When you want the benefits of juicing but don’t have the time Perfect Food is delicious and convenient.

Perfect Food contains every nutrient found in nature.

Heart Health – Just a Spray Away

https://www.crohns.net/page/C/PROD/Acid_Reflux/DNA1025Heart Health is Extremely Important

Heart disease is not inevitable; in fact, it’s absolutely preventable in most cases.

The health of your blood and blood vessels is influenced daily by lifestyle.

Diet, stress levels and activity levels all influence our heart health.

Gut health and Heart Health go hand in hand.

Both are vital for keeping us healthy and happy.

Most cardiovascular disease occurs due to chronic deficiency of certain nutrients.

With proper supplementation; specifically the B vitamins, taurine, and coenzyme Q-10 you can help prevent cardiovascular disease. These are critical micronutrients to support cardiac function.

 Our Cardio Spray is a quick, economical and easy way to add those additional important nutrients into our daily regimens effortlessly.

Here’s what’s in Heart Health Spray:

  • Coenzyme-Q10

The holly grail of heart healthy supplements, CoQ10 has strong potential  for prevention and treatment of heart ailments by improving cellular bioenergetics, acting as an antioxidant and cleaning up free radicals.

A supplement of CoQ10 is  essential to restore natural levels of CoQ10 if you are taking Statins. Statins lower our bodies natural ability to produce CoQ10.

  • Magnesium

All enzymatic reactions involving ATP require magnesium.Research has told us that magnesium deficiency is a reliable predictor of those with congestive heart failure

  • Taurine

This amino acid shown to improve cardiac function. Taurine will strengthen your heart muscle cells, protect those cells from damage and reduce your risk factors to  atherosclerosis

  • Ribose

Ribose  supports the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) levels in cardiac  muscle. ATP also aids the heart’s muscle contraction. The more forcefully the heart contracts, the better it pumps.

  • Folic acid

It helps the body utilize vitamin B12 and amino acids. Folate, of all the B-vitamins, plays the most critical role to reduce the levels of homocysteine in the blood, a compound that has been linked with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

  • Selenium

Selenium rich foods prevent oxidative damage to the body’s cells reducing inflammation and lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. People with low levels of selenium have been shown to be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease.

Plus vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E

Spray two times daily. 

Why These Fungi are Your Friends – Get the Scoop on Mushrooms

Garden of Life RM10 Ultra Immune

Why are Mushrooms Nutrition Powerhouses?

Mushrooms display a variety of medicinal properties including anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-tumor and immune-stimulating behavior.

Top Five Mushrooms for Therapeutic Benefits

  • Shitake: helps body tissues to absorb cholesterol and lower the amount circulating in the blood. Shitakes also have antiviral and anticancer effects.
  • Maitake: has anticancer, antiviral, and immune-system enhancing effects. Also helps control both high blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
  • Reishi can improve immune function and inhibit the growth of some malignant tumors. It also has significant anti-inflammatory effects, reduces allergic responsiveness, normalizes blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.
  • Lion’s Mane display nerve-regenerative properties. They also significantly improve brain function and memory.
  • Turkey Tail is capable of stimulating the immune system.

How can you possibly consume all these mushrooms?

It’s easy.

Garden of Life RM-10 Ultra Immune Formula contains 10 types of organically grown mushrooms. It offers broad immune support through multiple pathways:

  • immune cell function support
  • immune cell metabolism support
  • methylation support
  • antioxidant support

This formula is blended with Cat’s Claw and fermented selenium, which is easily absorbed. 

Selenium supports immune cell function and response. It helps your body fight off infection and fights inflammation.

Cats Claw is one of the best herbs to use for boosting your immune system & fighting infection. This mighty herb is anti-inflammatory, antiviral and considered a potent anti-oxidant.

Take advantage of our special on RM-10 Ultra Immune Formula. Take 15% off with coupon code RM1015.

Garden of Life RM10 Ultra Immune

Inflammation – An Essential Life Process

INFLAMMATION: The essential life process that may be killing you!

Swelling, pain, heat, fever, redness, does this sound like a “good” thing to you?

virus example for inflammation blog by Ron Jahner

Ron Jahner Naturopathic CoachMost of us feel alarmed and are worried when we see these symptoms in ourselves or our loved ones.

And yet, these are all signs and symptoms of a healthy immune system response to trauma or infection!

Inflammation is actually the key process our body uses in fighting against infection, reversing tissue damage and preparing the way for healing a repair.

Inflammation is an absolutely vital, important life function of a health immune system.

Why is Inflammation Bad For You?

Well, it’s also true that inflammation is a key predisposing factor in almost all chronic diseases which disease, cancer, diabetes and long-term infections, chronic digestive tract disorders and auto-immune disorders.

Out of control inflammation is the killer!

The key is understanding how inflammation serves you and what occurs when it becomes a problem.

Let’s use the example of an urban renewal project. You have a number of old, run-down, damaged buildings and your job is to create a beautiful new complex on the site.

What has to happen first?

Well, of course, someone is going to have to tear down the old buildings to make way for the new. This is really the beginning of a 4 step process.

  1. First, blow up or demolish the old buildings.
  2. Secondly, clear up the debris by loading it up and hauling it away.
  3. Thirdly, assemble quality building materials using a skilled crew, and,
  4. Finally, assemble the brand new construction.

In general, inflammation is the key mechanism in your body’s immune system corresponding to the first step in the “tissue-renewal” process.

Inflammation is the essential process that targets infectious agents and damaged tissue for “demolition”. It does this in many ways with a complex biological cascade of molecular and cellular signals and substances that ultimately destroy damaged cells, kill viral and bacterial pathogens all while it also increases circulation!

This sets up steps #2 & #3 of our “tissue-renewal” project. It  transports debris out of the affected area and allow vital nutrients and healing factors back in.

The end result of all these complex processes is that the affected area is ultimately prepared for tissue regeneration and healing.

However, what would happen in our urban renewal project if all we ever did was just keep blowing things up?

  • What if we never hauled out the debris or just erected high screens around the area so no one could see the mess?
  • What if we just cover the whole area with dirt and some sod and pretend theirs no damage underneath?
  • What if we just build really cheap structures on top of this mess that fall apart as fast as we build them?

Is this going to work out well? ….. Of course not!

And, essentially, this is what happens when inflammation is not handled properly in the body and gets out of control.

Unfortunately, current medical thinking is that inflammation is the problem, not part of the natural immune response solution, so let’s just “turn it off” with steroids or other anti-inflammatory drugs!

This is sort of like stopping the demolition crews in the middle of the job and then still expecting quality buildings to show up as if by magic! It’s just not going to work.

When inflammation is arbitrarily blocked before it’s job is done, the underlying issues remain and continue unchecked to produce a bigger problem later on.

Look at heart disease as an example. Arterial tissue becomes damaged due to improper diet, emotional distress, lack of sleep, lack of proper exercise, etc.

Inflammation targets this damaged tissue to clean it up and prepare for healing.

Just “turning off” the inflammation doesn’t change the underlying condition anymore than giving an athlete a steroid injection in a damaged knee so they can keep playing fixes the underlying injury. In fact it opens it up to further harm.

When the damage continues in the circulatory system, the body sends cholesterol to the damaged area as a sort of “band-aid” to cover over the lesion and prevent further damage.

Again, just shutting down cholesterol doesn’t help the underlying condition and may make it much worse!!

So, what is the solution to chronic Inflammation?

In our urban renewal program, what would you do if the demolition team was not up to the amount of work needed to demolish the old structures?

What if the roads in and out of the work site were congested or there weren’t enough dump trucks to haul the debris?

This is the kind of thinking that a holistic approach to healing uses to deal with inflammation!

So, instead of shutting down inflammation, how do we help it do it’s job so it can stop naturally?

Here are the strategies I have used in some 30 years of work as a naturopathic health consultant:

  1. HYDRATE!! – Fluids, fluids, fluids. Drink at least 1 liter of water per 50 pounds of body weight daily to enhance the circulatory function inflammation requires to do its job.
  2. REST! – Inflammation is a healing-immune function. It requires the parasympathetic (resting) nervous system state to do it’s job. Most people never get the amount of quality sleep and rest the body requires to be healthy, especially when it is damaged or ill.
  3. NO SUGAR! – Eliminate refined carbohydrates that create havoc in the body’s digestive tract and metabolic function. Quality proteins and vegetables, especially vegetable juices, to provide easily – to – absorb nutrition to support immune functions.
  4. ENZYMES! – This is the first line of defense to help inflammation do its job. After you hydrate, rest and eliminate sugars, taking supplemental enzymes can have a miraculous effect on clearing inflammation and supporting healting.However, it requires a particular form of enzymes called “proteolytics”. These are concentrated protein digesting enzymes without the hydrochloric acid or bile salts or fiber in many digestive enzyme products.And you take them on an empty stomach, even hourly, and not just with food as you would digestive enzyme products.
  5. B-12 – Vitamin B-12 has enormous potential to help with inflammation and stress. It can be take frequently in a crisis to help speed up healing and tissue repair.
  6. BOSWELLIA – TURMERIC – GINGER. – These three herbal products have been used for generations to help reduce inflammation naturally while supporting the body’s healing processes.Taken as tea or in capsules they are often prescribed in Ayuvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine.
  7. Flavonoids are key nutritional pigments (red, yellow, orange, blue) found in natural foods, often with Vitamin C ascorbate complexes, which have been used extensively for enhancing immune response and reducing inflammation naturally.Flavonoids are very high in anti-oxidant activity and help neutralize free radical damage in tissues.
  8. EFA’s Essential Fatty Acids, oils that are necessary for health healing and regulating inflammation. These include Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils such as high-quality fish oil, virgin olive oil, Evening Primrose oil, sesame oil, etc.
  9. ATTITUDE! This may be the most important factor of all because it often enhances and makes everything above work effectively.Neutralizing the body’s stress overload with breathing techniques and emotional releasing processes can dramatically reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Yes, inflammation can be a curse, or it can be a wonderful blessing.

Which it is for you is often in your control.

Nurture the immune system’s inflammatory mechanisms well and it will protect and heal you.

Ignore it at your peril.

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Ron Jahner is a Naturopathic Healer, Coach, Trainer & Educator with 30+ years of experience in natural healthcare. Find him on Facebook,