Allergen-free and still unhappy!

We started the long road to allergy-free life on November 19, 2007.  I know.  It was just days before Thanksgiving Day.  However, at that time all we had to worry about was gluten and dairy: easy compared to our present situation.  As of this writing, we are gluten, dairy, soy, high-fructose corn syrup and antibiotics-free.

Whew!  That scared me while writing.

Then, why is my daughter still constipated, tired and bloated?

I found the answer in the blog of Sue Sheperd from Australia and her research of  FODMAPSTM .  According to Dr. Sheperd’s web site:

FODMAPTM is an acronym referring to:
Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols

Fructose, Lactose, Fructans, Sorbitol and Raffinose are all examples of FODMAPsTM.”

Layman translation: certain carbs make life unbearable for some people, like my daughter, who have an already sensitive digestive system due to allergies or some other illness.  In a nutshell: taking the splint out of her finger removes the intruder; the disinfectant makes sure that healing follows quickly.

Conclusion: We had to heal her gut .

Dilemma: How do I know the foods responsible for hurting her ?

Answer: Look for the extremes of her menu (the loved and hated foods ).    

We followed a restricted diet for eight weeks.  Acid reflux stopped within days of beginning this diet!

Result: Onions and constipation are banished from my house.  Apples, beans, peas and raisins are served in small snack boxes.


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