It takes a diet high in fibre and variety of foods to achieve this so good on you if you are getting enough. Prebiotics are food for your gut bugs and they are also, very often, FODMAPs!
What about those of you who know you must avoid certain FODMAPs but still need to feed your gut bugs? You need to include low FODMAP prebiotics. Easier said than done? Here’s what you do:
The first step is to make sure you have the Monash FODMAP app as you can set filters to monitor the amounts that your gut can handle without getting upset.
The second step is to have a look in your pantry and make sure that you are not accidentally including any FODMAPs in your pantry staples.
Thirdly, get to know the ‘other’ words for some of the FODMAPs you may be having issues with. Monash have a great article on this so please update your knowledge so you can pick out the main culprits. https://www.monashfodmap.com/blog/label-reading/
A few common ones include in medications and other common OTC products include the sugar alcohols such as mannitol, xylitol, sorbitol, malitol and isomalt. Fructose can be in products with ingredients such as honey, agave, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup. If you have a garlic or onion (fructans) problem, then watch out for garlic/onion salt or powder.
I have noticed lately that a lot of products promising you a great gut also have a lot of prebiotics in them, especially chicory and inulin so always read the label of these products if you have IBS and are prone to gastrointestinal issues.
One amazing product that I’ve been spreading the word about lately is Blend 11. One of my clients told me about it and I love it. It’s free of everything. Check it out here:
Look out for your gut bugs so you can have the best poos ever! (I stole this from the bottom of the Blend 11 bag 😊).