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It’s getting hot in here, it’s important to stay hydrated.

It is important to stay hydrated, especially during the summer months. However, there are certain drinks that people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) should avoid, as they may trigger symptoms.

Some drinks to avoid with IBS or IBD include:

1. Carbonated beverages: These drinks can cause bloating and gas.

2. Caffeinated drinks: Caffeine is a stimulant that can irritate the digestive system and worsen symptoms. Caffeine is not only found in tea and coffee but also in colas, and energy drinks, so always check the labels.

3. Alcohol: Alcohol can be a common trigger for IBS and IBD symptoms. It is best to limit or avoid alcohol consumption.

4. Some fruit juices or smoothies: Fruits with high sugar fructose such as apples, banana, pears and mango may cause symptoms for some IBS sufferers

5. Sugar-free drinks: Artificial sweeteners that contain polyols can alter gut bacteria and make your IBS symptoms worse.

On the other hand, there are some drinks that are generally considered safe and beneficial for people with IBS in the summer months:

1. Water: Staying hydrated is crucial, and plain water is usually the best choice for hydration.

2. Herbal teas: Certain herbal teas like peppermint or chamomile can help soothe the digestive system and alleviate symptoms.

3. Coconut water: It is a good source of electrolytes and can help with hydration.

4. Low-FODMAP fruit juices: Some fruit juices such as low-FODMAP options, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi fruit, lemon and lime may be tolerated in moderation by individuals with IBS.

5. Smoothies: Homemade smoothies with low-FODMAP fruits and a lactose-free milk or yogurt alternative can be a refreshing and nutritious choice.

It's important to note that individual tolerances may vary, so it's best to listen to your body and work with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian who specialises in digestive health to determine the best drinks for your specific needs.

Our dedicated team of gut health specialists are always here to listen to your concerns. Please do to get in touch for a free discovery call

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