Hello. I’ve just read the book with interest, but I have a question on the theory.
I know for pretty sure that the foods that give me the biggest problem are onion and garlic, especially raw. Garlic-infused oil seems to be OK. This fits well with FODMAP theory, which I was familiar with before reading the book. However I still get IBS-like symptoms (bloating mainly, especially in the early hours of the morning), with reduced severity and frequency, even when avoiding those and lactose.
The question I have is that the theory presented in Clever Guts seems in some ways contradictory to FODMAP theory. It seems to suggest that those substances feed the healthy gut biota – they are prebiotics. Whereas FODMAP theory seems to suggest the organisms that eat FODMAPs are bad (because they produce gas), and we would be better off without them, but while they’re there, just avoid feeding them FODMAPs.
Do the theories contradict or am I on the wrong track with the above?
I want to give Clever Guts’ protocols a go starting with R&R, but I have two questions, one related to the above and one not
1) I assume I should keep eliminating onion and garlic during R&R even though the book doesn’t say to do this?
2) Is lactose-free dairy OK for R&R? I am very fond of my usual breakfast of home-made muesli with home-made yoghurt, which I make using lactose-free milk. (Yes it does work, somewhat paradoxically.)