If you want to learn more about Fructose Malabsorption (FM) and why it might be giving you horrible gas, cramping, diarrhea, and even that bad breath than this is going to be the most important article you will ever
read. When I first found out what Fructose Malabsorption was it was the final piece of the puzzle to taking control of my digestion. I finally figured out that my debilitating gas, cramping, and diarrhea was
actually being caused by the sugar in the fruit I was eating... but I still didn't know what I was supposed to do about it. In this article I am going to share with you exactly what I found out about FM, why it
caused my symptoms, and how I put an end to those symptoms and got rid of my FM. If you learn what I am going to share with you about FM you can put an end to your gas, cramping, diarrhea, and bad breath from
fructose malabosrption in a matter of days.
So What is Fructose Malabsorption?
Fructose is one form of sugar and it is available in most everything we eat, even fruits and vegetables. Fructose and glucose are both very simple forms of sugar and require no "digestion" in the body... they just
get absorbed in the small intestine. So FM can simply be stated as: the bodies inability to soak up fructose/glucose into the blood through the small intestine. It becomes a problem because when it doesn't get
soaked up in the small intestine because it keeps moving further down the intestinal tract and gets feasted on by very hungry bad bacteria. As the bad bacteria eat more and more they make by-products of both methane
and hydrogen gases. When methane and hydrogen gases build up in the human body they wreak havoc in the form of bloating, cramping, gas, and diarrhea. The gases also get absorbed into the bloodstream and eventually
released through the lungs... hence the bad breath. In fact, labs can test for fructose malabsoption by measuring the level of hydrogen in your breath after consuming sugar!
So Why Is My Body Not Absorbing the Fructose in the First Place?
A very small percentage of the world's population have Hereditary Fructose Intolerance, which is a genetic defect with liver enzymes... but that is quite rare. Being that most likely isn't the case, there are three
other possible things going on that can cause FM in the body. The first is slow bowel motility where the fructose sits around waiting to get absorbed and gets nabbed by bacteria before the body can do what it is
supposed to do... also probably not the case here. The second possibility is deficient levels of the GLUT5 and GLUT2 transporters, which are like taxi cab drivers that carry fructose/glucose across the intestinal
wall and into the blood... also probably not the case as it is pretty rare. The third and more likely possibility, and what I had going on in my body, is that small intestinal bacterial overgrowth has taken over and
the bad bacteria are gobbling up all the fructose/glucose in the small intestine before the body has a shot at absorbing it in the first place.
When I finally realized that the real reason I couldn't absorb the sugars was because my bacterial overgrowth was so severe that they were consuming them before my body could, everything started to finally make
sense. I knew that the only way to stop the bacterial cycle that was causing my gas, cramping, diarrhea, and bad breath was to kill off the bacteria and let my body do what it needs to do. The most effective way to
kill off the bacteria is to one: stop feeding them complex sugars/starches/grains to starve them out and two: only eat foods that my body can quickly and easily absorb so it can heal.
That Sounds Impossible!
So that's where the Specific Carbohydrate Diet comes in and does both of those things by eliminating complex sugars, starches, and grains and feeding the body easy to digest foods to allow it to finally heal. I was
already following the SCD Diet for a year when I figured out I was still struggling with FM and all I had to do was lower my sugar intake from fruits, veggies, and honey (I was eating way too much fruit and honey at
the time). As soon I accepted "moderation" of those foods the bacteria immediately started to diet off and within a few days of my lower sugar form of the SCD Diet the symptoms of FM were completely gone and I could
slowly bring those items back in.... always in moderation.
If I wasn't already on the SCD Diet I would have never figured out that my bacterial overgrowth was being driven by fructose. The diet made sure that the gas, cramping, and diarrhea I was having were not from any
other sources of food allergy or digestive disease since I had already been on it so long. That is exactly why it only took three days to get relief once I lowered my fruit and honey consumption. If I was still
shoveling grains, starches, and complex sugars in my mouth I would have had to go through each one individually over the course of months! If you start the SCD Diet with fruit intake at moderate levels you can very
quickly alleviate the symptoms of FM and put an end to your gas, cramping, diarrhea, and bad breath.
So How Do I Get Going on the SCD Diet?
If you want to stop the gas, cramping, and diarrhea from FM by starting the SCD Diet, here are three simple steps to get you headed in the right direction:
Step 1: Begin making SCD Diet meals once a week for four weeks to get a feel for how eating "SCD Legal" goes for you.
Step 2: Once you get a feel for how that goes, mark a day on the calendar to officially go on the diet.
Step 3: Follow the diet with strict adherence for at least 30 days and keep that fruit/honey/sugar intake to low moderation levels to shake that bacteria.
If you incorporate these 3 steps in your life and properly start the SCD Diet for 30 days, you can stop the gas, cramping, and diarrhea from fructose malabsorption just like I did. Here's what you can do right now
to make sure that you start the diet properly and learn what it takes to be successful.