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Eliminating foods

I'm trying to get an understanding about the link between food intolerances & ibs. How long do people give up foods for before deciding they aren't the culprit & go back to eating them? I've read posts in the past were someone has said they needed to stay off gluten/wheat for 6 months before they were cured/in remission, another said 2 months off dairy healed their ibs. Do most people genuinely leave out suspect foods that long before making the assumption that it isn't the cause or do they only give it a matter of weeks, say 2-4 weeks & then go back to eating that food. I know that if you research most elimination diets they say you should be able to tell of a food is causing a reaction after 21 days but if the gut is damaged enough I imagine you wouldn't be healed properly after that short amount of time. Going by many posts I've read on various ibs sites/forums etc it seems that a lot of people will eliminate say gluten for example for 2 months max & then decide that it isn't that. Maybe the gut just needed more time to heal?

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If you happen on the correct foods it takes about five days for your gut to settle down. The most likely foods are those which you eat or drink several times a day. I have loads of stats re this based on my work as a nurse advisor on food intolerance.

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Thank you for the reply. Do you have experience with gluten & lactose intolerance with any patients. I've read things were people have said once off dairy they resolved their ibs completely in 2 months & others saying 6 months with removal of gluten. What I mean is should you not get discouraged & return to eating these suspect foods if you haven't seen improvement in a matter of weeks or should you continue for months to make sure?

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Try going off carbohydrates completely. Look up keto diet. Bad bacteria live off carbohydrates causing terrible gut and bowel problems. 🙈

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Thank you. Currently on a high fat low carb diet. Just eating a few bits of fruit a day but the rest is meat & very minimal low starch veg. Might have to drop the fruit

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Yes give it a go. Go on garlic tablets and a strong probiotic. 🤗🤗

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Loads of experience....it’s far more often cow’s milk intolerance than lactose...the two are different , something which most people don’t realise. BUT tea or coffee are equally as common causers of IBS as wheat and dairy .

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Could you please tell me the average time span to see inprovement. Is it weeks or months or just down to the individual?

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