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If you have fructose malabsorption and you're on a low FODMAP diet, beware that it is not actually a long term fix. You will eventually need some fermentable stuff in your gut to get the good bacteria going and producing things like butyrate, which is good for your gut health and immune system.

I just learned that a lot FODMAP diet is only to be followed for 4-6 weeks (here After that, you need to try something else, like SCD or GAPS or antibiotics to take care of SIBO. Because it is SIBO. You will have bad bacteria that a low FODMAP diet won't touch. I'm sure BTD/GTD/SWAMI will work over a long time to change your gut health, but short term, if you're in the kind of situation my DS was in, you need big guns, which in his case was a combo of rifaximin and SCD/SWAMI.

That's why larch is so good.

That's why fiber is generally so good.

That's why you need things to ferment in your gut (like beans, certain grains if you tolerate them). You need those good bugs fighting the good fight. You need to tamp down inflammation. They need food. They're all little living creatures that do great things and they take up a whole heck of a lot of room in your body. And if you give them a very narrow range of foods, only certain ones will grow, and they won't leave any room. This can cause big problems.

I really wish I had known this before!

Again, the takeaway message if you have "fructose malabsorption", you can try the low FODMAP diet, but if reintroducing them in small amounts doesn't help after a couple of months, see your naturopath or a wise integrative MD, because you will need breath testing and probably a stool sample or two to figure out exactly what the heck is going on down there.

Good luck!

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I do think that if we find the reason for something bothering us, then we can deal with it and soon enough the symptoms go away.  The trick is not getting preoccupied with it, while at the same time not forgetting nor accepting feeling symptoms.

I have a food list and below it I sort of write one or two words about pain., symptoms or the like.  IT helps me to see progress, or might point me in the direction of a specialist -being past 60 ha ha-.

I was most definitely sensitive to milk, but never found out for 32 years.. Today I still am and avoid milk all the way.  Cream on the other hand works OK and works for low carbs.  

Fruit or sugar 'allergies' might stem from foods we ate early on, having messed with our intestines.  Foods that while well meaning where all wrong for us.  I think some differences in the various BTD diets might be OK to consider and even go so far as switching between them.. Like I have blueberry sometimes and super food, at another avoid..  Same with apples, so I just eat less of it, make it not my main course or every day, instead, only sometimes and less of it.  

Like orange juice, I certainly ought not have it, but if once in a few years I have some small cup, I do not think it can do much harm.  The funny thing:  the body tells us so fast, all we need id to listen.    

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I refer to it as one of the DOTMs (disease of the month).

Intestines, but also liver are good to address.
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Goldie, good advice, indeed.

DoS, I'm just mad because I assumed it was something my son was doomed to have to deal with forever. And the diet isn't a long term fix. And being on the diet is actually not so good long term, because it starves some good bacteria, along with the bad, potentially setting you up for worse problems.

The other thing I heard is that eliminating FODMAPs without also eliminating starches at the same time is kind of pointless. It helps in some ways, but to really address the bad bacteria quickly you need to something like SCD or GAPS.

I'm still learning a ton about GI health and thought I was sort of an expert by now. Nope, still learning!  

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