FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. FODMAPs are fermentable fibers such as sugar alcohols and “short-chain” carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the digestive tract especially when there are digestive issues, SIBO and more. The health benefits of consuming fermentable, prebiotic fibers are irrefutable. These fibers feed the microbiome and provide other documented health benefits. Yet, these fermentable fibers can be difficult to break down and exacerbate digestive discomfort and conditions.
Thus, intake can lead to issues such as:
- Abdominal distention
- Abdominal pain
A low FODMAP diet is frequently recommended as a short-term solution. People typically struggle with compliance on the very restrictive low FODMAP diet. It’s also confusing and frustrating. Plus, it comes with the threat of potentially starving the microbiome, as the diet is intentionally deprived of diverse fibers that feed the beneficial organisms in the gut. Thus, cutting out high FODMAP foods is not a practical and permanent solution. What happens is reduced diversity in the microbiome and large intestines in the long run. Further digestive problems and food sensitivities may ensue as such.
FODMATE™ is an innovative enzyme formula designed for short-term use that can help support digestive health, including relief from occasional cramping, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation that may result from the consumption of high FODMAP foods.
Benefits of FODMATE™
- Digestive enzyme blend helps break down potentially troublesome FODMAPs
- Helps overcome occasional digestive issues without the need for a complicated, restrictive diet
- Enhances efficacy of low FODMAP diet when greater restrictions are necessary
- Promotes continued consumption of nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich, plant-based foods
- Improves restrictive diet compliance while reducing confusion, frustration, and other challenges to quality of life
Our belief is that the restoration of stomach and liver function whilst working on GI insults such as toxicity and chronic infections in the backdrop of gut microbiome restoration program is fundamental to overall digestive health. Exogenous digestive enzymes supplementation should not be relied on long term. Proteolytic enzymes for example, may also break good biofilms, interfere with the glycoprotein linings of our GI tract and not something we would like as a long term support. If digestive health is restored – we would produce the right mix and quantities of pancreatic enzymes and have a microbiome balance that assists with digestion and produces desired enzymes of their own as well.
However, assuming all the above work is in process – the use of a FODMAP specific enzyme formula may present a unique breakthrough to gut health. This is because many high FODMAP foods feed the microbiome and help build microbial diversity which is a key indicator of gut health. On restrictive and low FODMAP diets, it is inconceivable that microbial diversity will be achieved. It is thus important to note that those with digestive issues face problems with high FODMAP foods because they do not get broken down in the upper gastrointestinal tract before it makes its way down to the large intestines where the commensal bacteria can feed on the beneficial compounds from FODMAPs.
FODMATE™ is a first of its kind and novel digestive enzyme formula that helps break down high FODMAP foods so that the microbiome can be nourished and to reduce/eliminate sensitivities to high FODMAP foods.