In recent years, many people have started talking about the FODMAP diet and how it can improve and alleviate the symptoms of IBS, in short bloating, wind, abdominal pain and an altered bowel habit. But what exactly is a FODMAP diet?
Pioneered in Australia, the low FODMAP diet is still a pretty new diet plan here in the UK, but it’s becoming recognised as an effective diet for managing IBS symptoms and around 70% is effective for people who try it by improving the gut symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Indeed, more and more GPs and gastroenterologists in the UK are referring patients for advice from a registered dietitian to offer a low FODMAP diet.
The FODMAP diet is a pretty complex diet plan, so it’s important that you receive good quality advice about how to follow the diet from a registered dietitian since it’s not as simple as following a list of ‘foods to eat’ and ‘foods not to eat’. For example, high FODMAP ingredients are often hidden in packaged foods, so you will need to learn about how to read food labels and how to make sensible decisions when eating out in restaurants, etc.
So, what about standard coffee and IBS? Well, the bad news is that coffee with caffeine is not good for IBS and is not on the FODMAP diet. Caffeine is known to move the bowel for most people, but the effect tends to be worse for those who have IBS, so it’s a good idea to eliminate the caffeine you drink in coffee, tea, and other drinks. Coffee is technically a seed and is not recommended for the elimination phase of the autoimmune protocol, so.If you are doing a strict autoimmune protocol, I think it would be wise to give up coffee for the duration of the elimination. Indeed, if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, you should explore the possibility that coffee is one of the most common cross-reactive foods to gluten.
The connection between caffeine and the adrenal glands is that it often over-stimulates them, which leads to further fatigue. So, one can get into the habit of continually using caffeine to keep their energy stable, which may work temporarily but can lead to adrenal symptoms such as difficulty waking up in the morning, fatigue not relieved by sleep and lethargy, etc..
Removing coffee (and all caffeine, for that matter) helps our body manage stress more easily. But, what about decaf coffee and IBS and the FODMAP diet? The Swiss Water Process uses no chemicals to decaffeinate coffee and is 99.9% caffeine free, so Swiss Water Decaf is possible for the FODMAP diet. It’s also very helpful during the beginnings of the FODMAP diet to start reducing consumption of coffee with caffeine.
In short, Swiss Water Decaf is the ideal partner for a FODMAP diet.