Settling the stomach

As this 25-year-old woman discovers, a low FODMAP diet can provide relief from unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms.

Gemma is a 25-year-old woman who lives with her boyfriend. Over the past few years, she has experienced frequent diarrhoea, crampy abdominal pain and bloating.

Gemma has no significant medical history. Her diet is well balanced, incorporating a variety of foods from each of the food groups and is not excessively high in fibre.

Gemma typically consumes eight glasses of water a day and exercises five days a week.

Investigations, including coeliac serology,  inflammatory markers and faecal occult blood testing were all normal. However, Gemma reports that her