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How should I test FODZYME for the first time?Updated 8 months ago

Your first couple of tests are super important. Here's how to successfully try FODZYME - Step-by-Step.

General Tips:

  • Try FODZYME for the first time at home, when you are relaxed.

  • Use 1 full dose on your first couple of tests, no matter the amount of FODMAPs or size of the food. We can always adjust the dose later.

  • Start small and work your way up.

    • Example: try black beans + FODZYME before you try a big burrito with black beans, cheese, onions, wheat + FODZYME. Our goal is to get you to eating burritos soon!

  • FODMAPs are a class of carbohydrates, so focus on food like garlic, onions, wheat, beans, bananas, and dairy. For a full list of foods to try, click here.

  • Keep in mind, FODZYME will not help if you are sensitive to polyols (like mushrooms, apples, and avocados) or other food sensitivities. If you are sensitive to other foods, try to test FODZYME apart from the other foods, so you don't skew your results.

Are you familiar with the low FODMAP diet and know your triggers?

Goal

Example: Be able to eat broccoli and garlic chicken from your favorite Chinese takeout restaurant with your friends.

How to get there

  • Test FODZYME on single ingredients (garlic, broccoli, etc) individually at home.

  • Try FODZYME as if you were doing the reintroduction phase of the Low FODMAP diet (and add FODZYME!)

  • Get comfortable with how you feel and how to use FODZYME on different foods. Adjust your dose up if needed.

  • Once you are ready, try it at a restaurant and enjoy dining out with the people you love!

Step-by-Step Guide to your first test

Note: This explains how to work up to comfortably eating broccoli and garlic chicken but feel free to envision a meal you can't wait to eat. A banana smoothie, pasta with asparagus, yogurt parfait - dream big! You have lots of options.

  1. Starting with a meal or snack that doesn’t trigger your symptoms. Keep the meal plain for the sake of the test.

    1. Example: white rice

  2. Add 1 high FODMAP food you want to introduce back into your diet. Choose a size that's large enough that it would likely trigger symptoms but not be super scary.

    1. Example: 1/4 clove of garlic, sauteed

  3. Add 1 full dose of FODZYME. You can always increase or decrease the dose later, but use 1 full dose for the first couple of tests.

  4. Mix, sprinkle, or apply FODZYME to the first bite. We recommend spreading out the enzymes as much as possible to maximize surface area - the enzymes work on the food, not you!

  5. Wait an hour or two (and up to 24 hours later) and see how you feel. Note if you see a reduction in symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, excessive gas, changes in bowel movements, etc.

  6. Wait a day or two, of eating low FODMAP so you don't introduce additional triggers.

  7. If the first test goes well, add two triggers (like 1/4 clove garlic and 1/2 cup broccoli) to a low FODMAP meal or a larger serving of a single trigger food (1/2 clove garlic).

  8. If that goes well, feel free to try FODZYME on a high-FODMAP meal at a restaurant!

Notes:

  • Remember you can always increase your dose to 1.5 or 2 scoops if eating very high FODMAP foods or you are particularly sensitive to a certain food

  • This video will help get you started.

Are you still trying to figure out your trigger foods?

Goal

Example: You'd like to feel better eating certain foods but haven't done the Low FODMAP diet. That's ok!

  1. Choose a food you regularly eat that you would like to eat more comfortably.

  2. Focus on foods that contain carbohydrates like onions, garlic, wheat, beans, dairy or certain fruits, etc. Check out this list for a good place to start.

    1. Example: Bagel with cream cheese.

  3. Use 1 full dose of FODZYME on the food.

  4. Sprinkle all over or apply to the first bite. We recommend spreading out the enzymes as much as possible to maximize surface area - the enzymes work on the food, not you!

  5. Wait an hour or two (and up to 24 hours later) and see how you feel. Note if you see a reduction in symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, excessive gas, changes in bowel movements, etc.

  6. Try a different food you'd like to eat, from a different category. Follow the steps above and see how you feel.

    1. Example: Wheat pasta with lemon and garlic

      Notes:

      • Remember you can always increase your dose to 1.5 or 2 scoops if eating very high FODMAP foods or you are particularly sensitive to a certain food

      • Keep in mind, there can be other foods that are triggering symptoms (besides fructan, GOS and Lactose).

      • This video will help get you started.

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