Have you ever experienced gastrointestinal discomfort such as stomach pain, acid reflux, digestive difficulty with dairy products and even heartburn? You are not alone.
According to statistics from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC), there are 60 to 70 million Americans who are affected by digestive disorders.
Digestion is a complex process which involves many gastrointestinal organs working in harmony. When they are out of tune, a negative reaction will occur. The eight most common digestive problems are Reflux, Peptic Ulcers, Gallstones, Lactose Intolerance, Diverticulitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Celiac Disease and Constipation.
The American Gastroenterological Associationprovides helpful information about understanding digestive conditions and procedures. Physicians from Mayo Clinic point out that some over the counter drugs like Zantac and Mylanta might help alleviate the symptoms of non-ulcer stomach pain.
Besides medication, reducing stress, exercise and change of lifestyle play an important role in managing digestive disorders. In particular, many studies suggest that changes in diet are closely correlated with reducing symptoms of digestive diseases. For example, Low-FODMAP food is proven to be effective for people suffering from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
FODMAP is the acronym of a long word "Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols". In short, it stands for a group of poorly absorbed indigestible complex carbohydrates that could be fermented by bacteria in the intestinal tract when eaten in excess.
Examples of high FODMAP foods include apples, mango, watermelon, canned fruit, peas, broccoli, onions, honey, artificial sweeteners and so on.
The Digestive Health Center of Stanford Hospital has developed a comprehensive list of Low FODMAP foods and various tips for meals and snack planning. It is available to download at the following link.