What Do Vampires And IBS Sufferers Have In Common?
Not being able to have GARLIC of course.
We all know that vampires have an aversion to garlic, but what about IBS sufferers?
We have always heard that eating garlic is beneficial to the body because it contains substances that can be used as a natural antibiotic. It has also been studied to help fight cancer cells in the body. There are lots of people who have benefited a lot from garlic. But there are also contraindications found in garlic especially to those who have intestinal problems. People who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are found to have negative reactions to garlic. This is why those who have been diagnosed with the syndrome, tend to remove it from their diet.
But why does garlic affect IBS sufferers so much?
Garlic is very high in oligos-fructans, which are bad for IBS sufferers. Even ½ a clove is too much and will trigger symptoms in most cases of IBS.
Throughout this blog I am talking about my experience with IBS is and also how I have managed to improve its symptoms by following a low FODMAPs diet. Of course there are other ways to keep IBS at bay, like managing stress, have hypnotherapy sessions, and of course exercise and regularly attend enjoyable physical fitness programs. Mostly, a healthy eating habit is the best cure.
So, if you are like me and you are used to have garlic in almost every meal you make, how are you going to flavor your food? Well herbs and spices are always good, but what is pesto without garlic?
Fortunately there is a ways on how to add it in your meal without its negative effects in your stomach. You can try garlic-infused oil. This is healthy for the body and in this way you will not lack the garlic benefits, while avoiding worsening your IBS. This is fairly simple to prepare and will last you for a week or so, keeping it longer than that may cause botulism poisoning. Pull the cloves apart and peel them one by one. Do not smash or wash them. When the cloves are peeled, put them in a pot or pan. Then, pour 2 cups of extra virgin olive oil, on the garlic. Set the ingredients in the pot in a slow heat and when the garlic turns brown in color, turn off the heat. Use what you need and store the rest in the fridge for a week.
With the recipe above, you can still enjoy the benefits of garlic.
In Australia I have recently discovered Cobram Estate garlic infused oil, which is delicious and convenient.
For other healthful information, particularly about IBS, please read my other posts, but don’t forget that before starting a low FODMAP diet, or any other diets, it is always best to consult your doctor and dietician.
Until next time take good care.