Are you suffering with IBS and/or strong Bloating? Perhaps the trigger is FODMAPS. What are they?
FODMAPS stand for Fermentable Oligosaccharides Disaccharides Monosaccharides Polyols Sorbitols. These are foods that have been found to exacerbate IBS symptoms as they are osmotic, meaning they attract water into the bowel and are poorly absorbed in the small intestine, which then leads to symptoms of IBS such as bloating, gas and diarrhoea.
Some researchers believe that in some cases IBS is actually a FODMAPS intolerance and there has been huge success with reducing symptoms of IBS when following a FODMAP diet. However, every person is different and not everyone with IBS will only react to FODMAPS. Other foods can include gluten or other grains which can also cause problems with digestion. It is important to speak with your practitioner in regards to what specialised diet you should be on. There are many triggers for digestive problems and your practitioner can help to distinguish between different foods and reactions.
Note: Only follow a FODMAP diet if advised by your Practitioner
There are so many gut conditions that contribute to a range of symptoms experienced so often by many people who are otherwise “healthy”.
You may have heard of Irritable bowel syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel disease and Leaky gut syndrome just to name a few.
Diarrhoea, constipation, gas, bloating, pain, and indigestion are a few of the gut symptoms Im sure every one has experienced at one time or another.
Sometimes these symptoms may be present for weeks or months at a time and numerous doctors visits and treatments may end up with a diagnoses of IBS as nothing can be shown from tests.
But have you heard of SIBO? or “Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth” which basically means there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut.
SIBO has been found to be an underlying condition of IBS and other diseases. You’d be interested to know that our digestive tracts contain over one kilogram of microscopic bacteria! This bacteria made up of good and bad can be detrimental to our health if the balance is out.
Patients with SIBO have less good bacteria and more bad bacteria meaning that digestion and absorption of essential nutrients is comprised and eventually damage can happen in the gut lining. Patients with SIBO experience IBS like symptoms as the food they eat is actually being consumed by the bad bacteria! This also means, less nutrients for yourself!
There are many causes of SIBO, which is one reason it is so common in everyday humans. Some of these include:
It is important to get SIBO under control if you do have it as complications can arise such as iron deficiency, B12 deficiency, Kidney Stones, Malnutrition, osteoporosis and damage to the intestinal lining. There are many treatment methods for SIBO such as antibacterial herbs, gluten free or FODMAPS diets and lifestyle changes.
Through a specialised diet and Naturopathic treatment SIBO can be treated and you can be back to feeling your best!
Here Are Some AMAZING Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar?
15 Reasons to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day
Apple cider vinegar is my new obsession. I recently began taking apple cider vinegar shots a few times a day for a quick and effective energy burst. However, I’ve since discovered so many other useful ways to incorporate apple cider vinegar (ACV) into my daily routine.
It’s effective for pretty much anything—your skin, your hair, your house, and even your pets can benefit from its qualities. Raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized, apple cider vinegar is so much more than a salad dressing!
1. Apple cider vinegar can detoxify your home.
It’s made from apple juice and is fermented to hard apple cider. It’s then fermented a second time to become apple cider vinegar. By using ACV in lieu of other products, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our homes and daily lives.
2. It can make your hair shine.
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing, and will boost your hair’s body and shine. I recommend recycling an old shampoo bottle, then filling it with 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing several times a week for dramatic results.
3. Natural apple cider vinegar regulates the pH of your skin.
Dilute ACV with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball to replace your current toner. You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. A dab of apple cider vinegar can also be left on the skin overnight to fade age spots or acne scars.
It’s also a recommended agent for warts. For warts, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, then fasten the cotton ball over the wart with a Band-Aid overnight. The skin may swell some as it reacts with the solution. However, the wart will fall off. Once it falls off, the treatment should be continued for a few more days, to make sure the wart doesn’t return.
4. It can remove stains from teeth.
Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar, and rinse with water.
5. It can soothe sunburnt skin.
Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn.
6. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural aftershave.
Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and shake before applying to the face.
7. It’s an all-natural massage treatment.
Rubbing apple cider vinegar on your hands and feet will give massage-like benefits and relief to tired hands and feet.
For daily weight management, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water. This concoction can be sipped throughout the day. Data shows some limited, yet significant, weight loss benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is a main ingredient in apple cider vinegar).
In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol that we want to avoid.
9. Apple cider vinegar will balance your entire inner body system.
The body constantly strives to achieve a state of equilibrium. Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection. Hence, my desire to sip some a few times a day for a natural boost of energy.
As part of balancing the body’s pH, apple cider vinegar creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver.
11. ACV is great for your lymphatic system.
This miracle vinegar helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.
12. It can help your body get rid of candida.
This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida—yeasts that are attributed to thrush in humans. Candida also is blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yeast infections.
13. ACV can help you reduce heartburn.
Though it might seem like an oxymoron to treat stomach acid with an acid-containing vinegar, there is research suggesting that apple cider vinegar works by correcting low acid, hence reducing heartburn. Natural remedy experts say you should begin to feel relief very shortly after taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a glass of water. Note that apple cider vinegar will not give relief if you have an ulcer.
14. The use of apple cider vinegar is effective in repelling fleas on your pets.
One part vinegar and one part water can be sprayed on your pets fur and rubbed in generously to the skin. Saturate the entire coat, and continue every day for a few days to a week. Any flea infestation will surely be gone.
15. It’s an all-natural room freshener.
Apple cider vinegar will clean your toilets and leave your bathroom smelling like apples! Just pour apple cider vinegar into the toilet, and allow it to sit overnight. It can also be used in dishwashers as a substitute for dish detergent. Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water, and you can use this solution to clean microwaves, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors, too.
As you can see, apple cider vinegar is a miracle product that can be used in a multitude of ways. I highly recommend its use!