If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you must have already heard of the low-FODMAP diet. This diet is divided into three phases. First of all there is the elimination phase during which one removes from their diet, for 2 to 6 weeks, the 6 families of carbohydrates (Fructans, Lactose, GOS, Fructose, Mannitol and Sorbitol) which can often be the cause of digestive discomfort. Then, when the symptoms have disappeared, comes the approximately 7 weeks reintroduction phase. The goal is to test your personal tolerance to the different families of FODMAPs. To do this, every week you reintroduce a food, per FODMAP family, to find out to which family your digestive system reacts to. Once the culprits are identified, comes the maintenance phase during which you exclude from your diet the families that are causing digestive symptoms only.
Histamine is a chemical compound derived from the amino acid histidine. It is known for its role in the body’s immune response to foreign proteins, especially the allergic response. During an allergic reaction, antibodies cause histamine to release, which can trigger a series of inflammatory reactions and cause symptoms to arise. On a daily basis, small amounts of histamine help regulate functions throughout the body. Histamine is produced by the body’s white blood cells, specifically the mast cells, but is also naturally present in many foods. The amount of histamine found in a food may be inherent in the food or depend on external factors such as the stage of maturation, as well as the storage, processing method, and origin.
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Constipation is an intestinal disorder that is characterized by difficult, infrequent, or incomplete defecation and Bristol 1 or 2 type stools. It can be defined as an individual having less than three stools per week. However, some people may be constipated and still go to the bathroom daily. Chronic constipation affects up to 27% of the world’s population, 75% of whom are women. It can be caused by a variety of factors including motility disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, hypothyroidism, pregnancy, etc.), neurological effects (Parkinson’s disease, stroke, spinal cord disorders, etc.), changes in the gut microbiota or from side effects to medications (calcium antagonists for hypertension, opiates, antipsychotics, etc.).