A Low Fodmap Diet is a very particular and beneficial diet for those experiencing IBS. IBS stands for irritable bowel syndrome and can have multiple side effects which can be lessened with the low fodmap diet. It is generally a safe diet that excludes and includes certain foods, but as always should be discussed with a general practitioner first.
Discussing things with a doctor is something many people avoid due to the time it takes to get a consultation. In many countries, it can be very costly to get appointments. In the UK, GP consultations are funded by the NHS. However, there are still any problems within the healthcare services, there can be very long waiting times due to the lack of investment from the government. Austerity measures have seen a deliberate and stead attempt over the past decade to save money and spend less on the healthcare of the population.
This lack of funding has caused for many people to avoid visiting their GP unless absolutely necessary. This could lead to patients undertaking this diet without guidance, or not even knowing whether they have IBS at all. To confirm diagnosis of any digestive problems, people must get their issues investigated by healthcare professionals. The sooner potential treatment is started for any stomach or intestinal problem, the better.