I am conscious that I haven’t tried to reintroduce any high fodmap foods recently but I have been working hard on my gut health, to restore my gut bacteria. So I wanted to put together a plan to help motivate me to reintroduce foods over the next few months.
At a recent gut health event, I spoke to a registered nutritionist about the reintroduction phase of the fodmap diet, and it was suggested I tried VSL#3 (a probiotic) whilst trying new foods to help my stomach digest the fodmaps. I got in contact with VSL#3 and have 80 sachets to try and help my gut. It is recommended you have 1-2 sachets a day, so I will take the sachets for at least a month and a half.
VSL#3 is the world’s most concentrated poly-biotic (a probiotic which contains more than one strain of bacteria). Each sachet contains 450 billion bacteria in 8 different strains which have been freeze dried to survive the acid in our guts. For an example, Symprove contain 10 billion bacteria per portion.
VSL#3 is clinically proven to relieve IBS symptons inlcuding abdominal pain, bloating and flatulence.
I have started to introduce sweetcorn first. I began with a quarter of a cup, as this is actually low fodmap, hoping that my gut bacteria gets used to digesting the corn, and then will up the amount slowly across the week.
I am also thinking of reintroducting chickpeas (so I can eat garlic free hummous) and leek (specifically so I can eat the Heck paprika chicken sausages).
If you are interested in trying VSL#3, I have some great news as I have a unique code for my readers:
I will write another blog 3 weeks in and at the end of the trial to let you all know how I have got in with the VSL#3 and the foods. If you have any questions along the way, do message me to find out more.