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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

7 Signs and Health Issues Related to an Unhealthy Gut

What is gut health, and why does it matter? Up until a few decades ago, no one would’ve guessed that the “gut” — the collection of organs and structures that make up the digestive system, and the trillions of bacteria housed within — played such an important role in non-digestive processes.  Among other things, an unhealthy gut can affect metabolism and immunity, all the way to supporting mental health and warding off chronic disease. To say that the gut is...
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The Low FODMAP Diet for IBS: Why It Isn’t Just Another Food Trend

If you struggle with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you’ve probably heard of the low FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for fermentable oligo, di-, monosaccharides and polyols (phew, try saying that five times fast!), which are specific groups of foods that are hard to digest and absorb, particularly in people with IBS. What is the low FODMAPs diet? Developed in the early 2000’s by a team of researchers led by Australian nutritionist Sue Shepherd, the purpose of the low FODMAP diet is...
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