Low FODMAP Diet & Herbal Remedies for IBS Treatment
The world is filled with diet charts for your various health conditions but what is the best diet you need to follow still remains a question for many of you. The problem arises when the patient is suffering from a condition related to the digestive tract and is always confused about what to eat. One of such conditions is IBS and for IBS FODMAP Diet is suggested. The FODMAP diet consists of low amounts of fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. These are the kind of short chain carbohydrates which are poorly absorbed. So a FODMAP diet is the best solution for patients with IBS. In this article we will not only discuss the FODMAP diet but also about IBS and how herbal medicines help in IBS along with the FODMAP diet.
The most important thing is to explain what IBS is. IBS is an irritable bowel Syndrome that affects the large intestine of a human being. The major concern in this condition is the abdominal cramps or intestinal cramps patients usually complain of along with irregular bowel habits which involves either too hard stool due to constipation or unformed stools due to loose motions or both. In such cases the FODMAP diet plays a very important role. As mentioned earlier the FODMAP diet means low amounts of certain sugars that causes intestinal distress causing aforementioned symptoms.
Now we know the purpose of the FODMAP Diet so, moving further lets know more about the FODMAP diet and what it includes and excludes.
FODMAP Diet: What To Have and What to Avoid?
FODMAP is fermented oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. The problem with them is they draw more fluid into the intestine and cause more gas. The production of gas is in excess due to the easy fermentation of these oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. The combination of excess gas and additional fluid results in slow digestion, bloating, pain and diarrhea. So the first step is to identify the triggers in this case. Your nutritionist may tell you that after identification of triggers you have to immediately stop them and then reintroduce them one by one so that you by yourself can understand which food is triggering your condition and in what amounts and which one you can have freely.
Next Discussion Is About High And Low FODMAP Carbs
High FODMAP Carbs
- Fructose: The fructose rich top sources are apples, mangoes, pears, watermelons, honey, canned juices, broccoli, mushrooms, okra, onions, peas, red pepper, tomato and tomato products.
- Lactose: Dairy products like custard, yogurt, ice cream, milk from sheep, cows and goat
- Fructans: Mainly garlic, onions, cabbage, broccoli, Rye (similar to barley and wheat) and wheat
- Galactans: Legumes such as kidney beans, lentils like black lentils, french green lentils, chickpeas and black gram along with soybeans and soya products like soya granules and chunks.
- Polyols: Sugar alcohols and fruits which have pits like apples, apricots, avocados, cherries, figs, peaches, pears and plums
Low FODMAP Carbs
- Milk products like Almond milk, rice milk
- Fruits like blueberries, bananas, grapefruit, honeydew (a type of melon)
- Vegetables like bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, carrots, ginger, lettuce, potatoes, turnips and spring onions. This also include all the vegetables belonging to gourd family
- Protein sources like tofu, eggs, chicken.
- Nuts like almonds, pine nuts and walnuts.
- Grains include quinoa, jowar, ragi, white rice and corn flour.
So if you have IBS you can follow a low FODMAP Diet which will definitely help in subsiding your symptoms and personalizing your diet chart by yourself. But along with diet there are some herbal formulations whose intake can free you completely from IBS, which is irritable bowel syndrome.
Herbal Remedies for IBS by Planet Ayurveda
Planet Ayurveda which is an ISO certified company deals with the manufacturing of various types of Ayurvedic formulations. The formulations are prepared with some elixirs mentioned in Ayurveda as potent herbs. These herbs are really effective in management of multiple conditions which are related to the intestines. In addition the formulations which are prepared by Planet Ayurveda do not have any kind of dyes, adulterants, fillers, additives etc. These herbal preparations are effective in the reestablishment of intestinal flora. Due to such features they help in getting rid of intestinal distress as well thus giving very positive and noticeable results. For the management of IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) Planet Ayurveda offers following herbal preparations:
- Pitta Balance
- Kutajghan Vati
- Digestion Support
- Sanjivani Vati
- Digestion Support - 2 Capsules twice daily, with warm water after meals.
- Kutajghan Vati - 2 Tablets twice daily, with warm water after meals.
- Sanjivani Vati - 2 Tablets twice daily, with warm water after meals.
- Pitta Balance - 1 Capsule twice daily, with warm water after meals.
1. Digestion Support
Digestion support is a herbal formulation which is manufactured with nature's best herbs for all kinds of digestive system related problems. Digestion support capsules contain potent herbs like amla (Emblica officinalis), haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and bhera (Terminalia bellerica) as its main constituents along with others. These all herbs act in a synergetic way and help in improving digestion and prevent accumulation of endotoxins. In addition, it helps in removing the distress intestines are going through and also has a healing effect as well.
2. Kutajghan Vati
Kutajghan vati has Kutaj (Holarrhena antidysenterica) as its only ingredient. The herb belongs to Kutaja kula. In classical texts it is clearly mentioned that kutaja is a potent healing agent and pacifies pitta dosha excellently. The imbalance of pitta dosha is the only reason for irritable bowel syndrome. Kutaja herb has drying properties, it has a bitter and astringent taste along with pungent vipaka (post digestion effect). Kutaja also has deepena effect. This means it enhances the low digestive fire. This results in reducing the mala (stool) frequency too. That’s why it is called an antimotility drug as well. Thus reducing the number of motions in the diarrhoeal type of IBS plus have a healing effect.
3. Sanjivani Vati
Sanjivani vati is a very effective classical formulation that has many important ingredients that acts as an immunomodulator too. The preparation has ingredients like vidanga (Embelia ribes), ginger (Zingiber officinale), Pippali (Piper longum) and many others. The formulation has great results in subsiding aggravation of doshas. Sanjivani vati is termed as a formulation that is known to infuse life in the manav sharira. This classical mentioned formulation also acts in correcting the digestion process and thus reduces the distress of intestines. It has great ingredients that work really well in balancing the body’s imbalanced systems. The main purpose of this formulation is to eliminate the accumulated ama dosha or endotoxins in the body.
4. Pitta Balance
Pitta balance is a herbal preparation that is prepared using herbs and minerals and hence termed as herbo mineral formulation. The formulation contains Akik pishti, Mukta pishti (paste of pearl), shankh bhasma (calx of conch) and other effective ingredients. The formulation has a very effective result in balancing the pitta dosha in the body. Pitta dosha is understood as thermal energy of the body. When this thermal energy is in an imbalanced state then it leads to the occurrence of Irritable bowel syndrome. Pitta balance capsules play their role by balancing the imbalanced thermal energy. As the pitta dosha is pacified the digestive fire is ignited and thus the digestion power is enhanced. Moreover, pitta balance capsules are really effective and are prepared from the natural calcium compound along with giloy extract. All of these are having cold potency and give impressive results in irritable bowel syndrome.
Introducing low FODMAP in your diet can really be of help and will definitely decrease your symptoms related to Irritable bowel syndrome. The new things like FODMAP tends to give very significant and good results if applied on time. Moreover, there should be no diet cheating when you are following the diet, just follow the diet and things will get better by itself. As mentioned before the herbal preparations also play their part by their healing action thus the condition of a person improves simultaneously.
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Dr. Meenakshi Chauhan
MD (ALT. MEDICINE) View Profile