How to Choose the Best Diet for Gut Health

Digestion

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In this episode of Functional Medicine Research, I interview Dr. Liz Lipski in a discussion about how to choose the best therapeutic diet for gut health.  We discussed the low FODMAP diet, comprehensive elimination diet, Simple Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), GAPS diet, Paleo diet, histamine, pancreatic elastase and low HCL levels.  Liz discussed why we would choose each one of these diets for an individual and what each diet entails.  I use all of these diets in my practice so it was nice to have an overview of each diet from one of the top experts in gut health.

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Best Diet for Hashimoto’s Disease

Hashimoto's Disease

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What is the Best Diet for Hashimoto’s disease?

Does a low-carbohydrate diet work best for Hashimoto’s disease? What about a gluten-free diet?  There are a number of diets out there claiming to be the best for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis but as with any condition, there is no single best diet for everyone.  I’ll cover two research papers that look into two specific diets for Hashimoto’s disease.

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The Low FODMAP Diet

Digestion

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What are FODMAPs and how do I follow a low FODMAP diet?

FODMAPs or Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols are a specific type of carbohydrate found in certain foods that you must avoid if you are following a low FODMAP diet.  The family of FODMAPs include:

  • Lactose from dairy products.
  • Fructans:  garlic, onions, wheat etc.
  • Galactans:  legumes such as lentils, beans, soybeans etc.
  • Fructose:  honey, certain fruits, high fructose corn syrup etc.
  • Polyols:  stone fruits such as avocados, peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, nectarines etc. and sweeteners such as xylitol, sorbitol, mannitol.

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