Do I need to follow a specific diet before I come to the clinic for FMT?


Many of our patients want to know if they need to follow a specific diet before coming to Taymount to receive FMT; the answer is no.

There is no need to change anything before coming to Taymount, as we find that before patients come to the clinic, they have been through a long journey both with their health and literally with their travelling and the last thing we want to do is put them under more stress.  Patients suffering from a long-term, chronic condition are often the best experts in their own condition and eating habits, knowing full well what they can and cannot eat.

At Taymount, we emphasise that not everyone responds to food in the same way, even if the food and environment are identical. In all methods of eating, it is best to follow what you know suits you in the early stages.

When you arrive in clinic we’ll give you our general dietary recommendations; however our suggestions are not prescriptive in any way; if there is something you know doesn’t suit your body, then you would be advised not to consume it. We will encourage you to take steps towards increasing the variety in your diet however, for example, if you cannot tolerate wholegrains to begin with then you could start by introducing the organic, refined versions and gradually mix in some unrefined whole grains.

Professor Tim Spector states that ‘you are never eating alone so always make sure you have something on your plate for your beneficial friends’.  He also mentions his new philosophy, to try new foods, and suggests aiming for ten to twenty food types per week, whereas at Taymount we encourage patients to try more. We inform and educate our patients about the “50 Foods Grid”, a tool devised by Dr. Enid Taylor, which encourages patients to introduce as many new foods as they can, not only to diversify their diets, but also to think less about specific eating habits and fad diets.

According to Mark Heiman, chief scientific officer at MicroBiome Therapeutics, ‘diet is the principal regulator of the GI microbiome, the ecosystem of the human GI tract’.
The gut microbiome contains trillions of bacteria in unabsorbed macro and micronutrients. This microbiota uses remnants from digestion to create new signalling molecules allowing the microbiome to communicate with a person’s metabolic and GI regulatory system.Therefore, the gut microbiome needs a diverse diet to function optimally and eating wide a variety of foods will support the flourishing of many different strains, families and phyla of microbes as possible.

So, come as you are, and we will guide you through the process carefully and individually, and give you a new approach of eating for your microbiome.

Isha Patel
FMT Nutritional Therapist
Nutritionist BSc Hons ANutr


References:

    1. ScienceDaily. (2018). Diversifying your diet may make your gut healthier. [online] Available at: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150714142231.htm [Accessed 30 Jul. 2018].
    2. Spector, T. (2016). The diet myth. 1st ed. Clitheroe: Weidenfeld and Nicolson.