Last updated on August 6th, 2021 at 03:36 pm
What is FODMAP?
When people talk about FODMAP they usually mean a diet low in FODMAP. The diet is low in sugars that may cause intestinal distress. It’s usually meant to help people with irritable bowel syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), ulcerative colitis or other intestinal absorption issues.
FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols, which are short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that the small intestine absorbs poorly. Some people experience digestive distress after eating them. You may experience symptoms such as gas, cramping, diarrhea, constipation, stomach bloating
What is a FODMAP Diet?
A low FODMAP diet is a very restrictive temporary eating plan to try and relieve intestinal distress. the diet is similar to an elimination diet. When you’re trying to figure out what’s causing the problem its a process to determine which foods are causing intestinal issues. Many times people with intestinal issues will not be able to eat a variety of foods and may suffer from malabsorption as a result. Please talk to your healthcare practitioner if you think this is an issue for you as you may need a medical food.
How does the low FODMAP Diet Work?
The low FODMAP diet is an elimination diet with the following steps:
- First you stop eating certain high FODMAP foods (see image below)
- Slowly re-introduce the high FODMAP foods to see which ones are causing issues
- Once you identify the foods that are causing issues you can avoid or limit them while enjoying the remaining high FODMAP foods.
The challenge comes in when most of the high FODMAP foods cause issues.
Who Should Try a FODMAP diet?
A low FODMAP diet is part of the therapy for those with IBS and SIBO. Research has found that it reduces symptoms such as gas and bloating in up to 86% of people.
The diet can be challenging during the first most restrictive phase so it’s important to work with a healthcare practitioner who can ensure you’re following the diet correctly. This is crucial to success and maintaining proper nutrition. Those who may be at a low weight should proceed with extreme caution to avoid losing more weight and putting their health in danger.
The diet can be socially isolating as its hard to go out to eat when you can’t eat basic things like garlic or onions.
What is Microbiome Labs FODMATE?
FODMATE by Microbiome Labs is an innovative enzyme formula that targets the entire FODMAP chain. Most digestive enzymes target one part of the FODMAP chain such as lactose. They aren’t designed to help break down the entire FODMAP chain including complex carbohydrates and sugars contained in high FODMAP foods. FODMATE was specifically designed to help relieve occasional cramping, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. These are the symptoms that may result from the consumption of high FODMAP foods.
How Can FODMATE Help Alleviate FODMAP symptoms?
FODMATE is designed to break down the entire FODMAP chain. It helps to break down lactose, fructose, fructans, galactans and polyols. The picture above contains example foods. FODMATE breaks down complex carbohydrates and sugars with a proprietary enzyme blend. It was created and extensively tested by a doctor who struggled with eating high FODMAP foods. She researched the chemistry behind her symptoms and refined this enzyme blend that helped alleviate them.
FODMATE has been clinically tested and was designed with a special capsule to help it open up and release the enzymes at exactly the right spot. The capsule starts to open in the stomach and fully opens in the small intestine. The picture below shows the capsule contents opening over time.
FODMATE Dosing & Recommended Use:
Microbiome labs recommends 2 capsules be taken before a meal. The product is designed for short-term use. That means for most people not using the product longer than 3 months continuously. The reason for this is it’s important to keep bacterial diversity in the large intestine and using FODMATE for long periods could negatively affect this diversity. Please consult your healthcare practitioner or make an appointment with our practice.
FODMATE Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Is FODMATE gluten free, dairy free and certified for vegans?
A. Yes FODMATE is gluten free, dailry free, soy free, egg free, sugar free, nut free, vegan and vegetarian
Q. How long should I use FODMATE?
A. Please talk with your medical professional as to your specific health needs but general guidance is FODMATE should not be used continuously for more than 3 months. If it’s being taken more occasionally then it can be taken longer but please consult your healthcare practitioner for specific advice to you.
Q. How does FODMATE get to the right spot in the stomach and small intestine to be most effective?
A. FODMATE has a patented capsule that initially opens as the end of the stomach and fully opens at the beginning of the small intestine to ensure the enzymes are delivered in the right amount and in the right spot for maximum effectiveness. It gets to where it needs to be and has been extensively tested and measured to ensure the capsule opens at just the right time based on it’s coating.
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Chris Bowman is the COO of SimplyNutrients.com which is part of Dr. Jamy Antoine's Select Health Practice in Edina, Minnesota. Chris is passionate about helping people live healthier lives through using the best practices of nature, nutrition and medicine.