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When Your Doctor Says You're Fine, Part 2 - Analyzing Stool Test Results

Stool testing can be an important diagnostic tool for anyone with an autoimmune disease, or chronic illness. These tests can give you an inside look into one of the most complex systems in your body, your gut.

However, simply relying on conventional stool testing, without doing your own research to determine how the lab is analyzing the sample could leave you with some missing pieces to your gut health puzzle.

I recommend using a functional stool test (like GI MAP or Viome) in order to get you the most complete and accurate read on what’s actually going on inside your gut.

These tests are going to be a little pricier than what you’ll get from your GI doc (and most likely won’t be covered by insurance), but if your finances allow it’s so totally worth it to have a higher degree of certainty that you aren’t missing anything in your gut that could be contributing to your ill health.

My Experience on the Keto Diet: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The ketogenic diet is all the rage these days, and even I jumped on the bandwagon and found myself in ketosis in an attempt to heal from blood sugar dysregulation caused by years of low FODMAP, low carb eating.

The keto diet helped me be able to reintroduce higher FODMAP foods without having reactions, but it also caused me to develop physiological insulin resistance, HPA dysregulation (adrenal fatigue), and disrupt other hormones leaving me feeling exhausted and totally depleted.

I don’t regret my time in ketosis, but I hope that sharing my unique experience will allow others to make a more informed decision than I did when deciding if this popular diet is right for them.

Tips For Reintroductions on the low-FODMAP Diet

The low-FODMAP diet isn’t forever, and it’s really only a tool to use to reduce your IBS and SIBO symptoms while you work on healing your gut and getting rid of any overgrowths.

I know how difficult it is to work on expanding your diet after you’ve been eating low-FODMAP for a while and feeling great. But it’s important to reintroduce these carbs as they’re the only source of food for your good gut bacteria.

So, I came up with a few tips for helping you get started in your FODMAP reintroductions!

#1: Work on introducing the category of FODMAPs you don’t react to

#2: Start with small portion sizes

#3: Support your digestion

#4: Don’t stop reintroducing if you experience some symptoms