Our bodies are these amazing machines that use a metabolic energy system to function This energy powerhouse is fueled by the nutrients we take in but for those of us with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) eating the right nutrients can be a difficult to navigate. What we eat is one area where we can self regulate, educate and reduce the total load we put on our bodies. Many EDS experts mention the benefits of working with a nutritional professional for the management of chronic functional GI symptoms related to the comorbidities of this disorder. In fact, 76.2% of the EDS population suffer from some form of dysmotility (Fragos &et'll, 2019) related to those functional GI symptoms impacting quality of life for this group.
EDS sufferers have trouble with digestion of High FODMAP foods which are foods made up of a certain type of carbohydrate or "sugar". Reducing these high FODMAP foods, and replacing them with low FODMAP foods has been effective in improving GI related issues upon consumption. Research between nutrition and heritable connective tissue disorders, autoimmune disorders, chronic pain and inflammatory bowel disorders is still in its early stages with new theories still being discussed.
Change is hard, working with a nutritionist towards dietary changes is one key to improving your well being.
Be well, Eat holistically whenever possible !
Look out for next week's post - Food labels, what is lurking in my pantry ?
Fragos, K.C., Cox, A., Eady, J., Emmanuel, A., & Zarate-Lopez, N. (2019) Joint Hypermotility Syndrome Affects Response to a Low Fermentable Oligosaccharide, Disaccharide, Monosaccharide and Polyol Diet in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients: A Retrospective Study. Obtendio de Gastroenterology Research: doi:10.147/gr1133