I don’t know how to put this delicately so I’ll come striaght to it:
Something strange has happened to my air biscuits. They’ve gone missing.
I used to suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Bloating and sharp pains in my gut was a regular occurrence. Bowel movements came in every state matter can assume at random intervals. Weapons grade gas happened.
A few years ago I dabbled in raw. The consistency of solids improved. But the amount of gas reached industrial proportions.
There was clearly a direct correlation with the fibre in my diet: more fibre = more farts.
I experimented with a few foods, and the major culprit turned out to be the flax seeds. I consumed a lot of ground flax during that time and there was simply no getting used to it. All the literature said that my body would adjust… but the only thing that adjusted was my sense of humour. At first I was horrified, eventually it was just comical. But by then I had become a raw recluse.
Skip forward a few years to my new food regime: high fat – low carb.
Since adopting low carb:
- I never have ANY gas unless I eat more complex carbs than usual (which is very little).
- I never get stomach cramps unless I’ve eaten an obscene amount of chilli
Essentially my IBS appears to be gone. I certainly have no symptoms of it. My entire gas production in the last six months has been less than what my daily offering was on raw or my weekly offering on the old “healthy low fat” food plan.
So it seems, the diet adjustments which effected a cure were
- Increase Fat
- Reduce Fibre and Carbs
Yet this is the exact opposite of all the standard advice: eat more fibre, reduce fat intake.
Is my experience unusual or is the professed wisdom on how to heal the gut based on the same kind of science which recommends low fat and low cholesterol for heart health? IE – something somebody dreamed up and has never really been substantiated but everyone jumped on board. Seems like it.
BTW would it be fair to interpret gas as a sign that the body is dealing with something that it’s having a hard time digesting? Does the absence of gas indicate that my body is better suited to my current diet, or is that a silly interpretation? I’m interested in views on this.
If the doctor’s advice is not helping your IBS, I definitely recommend a 30 day experiment: drop all the flax, Metamucil and other funny fibres. Reduce your carb intake. Eat more fat.
It’s worth a try. I had IBS for 20 years and now I seem to be free of it.