Are you suffering from IBS for a long time and are at a loss as regards to the foods and drinks that you may have without disturbing your gut or aggravating the symptoms of IBS? Would you like to know the drinks and juices fit for drinking even if you are afflicted with IBS? Read on and all your queries will be answered.
What is IBS?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) occurs when the muscles and nerves of the intestine cease to work properly as they become hypersensitive thereby causing constipation, diarrhea or both. The consequence is that people suffering from IBS frequent the bathroom an hour or thirty minutes after every meal. Some may have to go sooner and also suffer from pain and have diarrhea
What causes IBS?
It is often found that the symptoms of IBS like bloating, gas, diarrhea, cramps or constipation are caused by your meals, i.e. the foods and drinks you consume. Stress can be another causal factor.
When it comes to foods and beverages, those with low FODMAPs, i.e. fermentable carbohydrates, should be on your plate if you are a victim of IBS. Foods having high FODMAPs are best avoided. But with drinks it is pretty difficult to avoid FODMAP as they are present in almost all drinks. So which are the drinks safe enough for IBS patients?
Let us find out…
Which are the juices good for IBS?
The juices that do not cause IBS but rather prevent it are –
Vegetable Juices – Vegetables that are low in FODMAP are perfect for juicing for IBS sufferers. These include carrots, chives, cucumber, parsley, spinach, tomatoes, yams, taro, eggplant, celery, broccoli, ginger, pumpkin, the green portion of scallions, zucchini, turnips and squash. Some people suffering from IBS have difficulties with squash and eggplant. It is for you to find out your case. Just combine a few of these vegetables, juice them and your healthy drink is ready!
Fruit juices – Juices made from cranberries, grapefruits, grapes, bananas, lemons and pineapples are ideal for IBS conditions only if they do not contain corn syrup. Fruit juice is at its best if prepared from organic fruits and without adding sugar or in minimal quantities.
Green Smoothies – You can prepare the green smoothies by blending a mix of fruits, vegetables and other ingredients. It is preferable to blend the vegetables first before adding the other ingredients. The vegetables and fruits should be chosen from the low-FODMAP list. Berries may be added to provide you with the essential phytonutrients. A bit of nut butter, avocado, coconut milk, chia or grounded flaxseed when added to the smoothie will do a lot of good for the IBS victims.
Green Juices – Prepare your green juice with low FODMAP fruits and veggies. Such juices are most effective as the tough-to-digest insoluble fibers are removed. Also, with juicing, the health benefits of the phytonutrients and soluble fibers are received by your body instantaneously.
Is apple juice effective for treating IBS?
It has often been seen that warm apple juice in the early hours of the day has had positive effects in treating IBS.
How good is Aloe vera juice for IBS patients?
It has been seen that aloe vera juice with its anti-inflammatory attribute heals and soothes the irritated digestive canal and detoxifies naturally. The regularity of the bowel increases and it stops the unfriendly yeast and bacteria in the gut. Thus it is able to deal with pain, bloating and constipation effectively. But be careful not to overdo it as it has a pronounced laxative effect.
What are the other liquids you may consider if suffering from IBS?
- Herbal tea (no caffeine), decaf tea or coffee and dairy-free milk, soy milk, oat milk, rice milk or lactose-free milk may be considered. You may try almond milk or coconut milk in small quantities. Lactose is high in the FODMAP list, so the alternative varieties are safe. One herbal tea that is safe even if you have IBS is the peppermint tea for its antispasmodic quality. Some hot drinks which may be had sparingly are espresso, coffee or hot chocolate.
- Non-soda soft drinks – Tea in any form – green, black, white or herbal when had cold is a safe option for IBS patients. Sugar, natural or artificial, is best avoided.
- Hot Drinks – When it comes to hot drinks, hot tea – green, black or white is fine. Just be sure these are decaffeinated.
- One other good option is ginger drinks. The ginger beers, punches or teas are safe as long as they don’t have corn syrup, sweeteners or honey which features in the high FODMAP list.
- Fermented drinks can be a good option for IBS sufferers as they enhance the gut bacteria thus reducing the symptoms. They contain a gamut of probiotics that are extremely helpful for digestion. Kombucha, a fermented tea or Kefir, a fermented milk may be tried. Yogurt drinks is another viable option. Just be careful to steer clear of any added sugar.
But the best drink is definitely water.
Each body responds differently to different drinks. So it is for you to find out which drinks are suited to your body.
Which are the drinks to stay away from?
The drinks which are best avoided are beverages having high-fructose corn syrup or fructose. Fruits having a high level of fructose should be avoided while making juices. Also sugar-free drinks containing artificial sweeteners are a total no-no. Vegetables high on the FODMAP list like beets, fennel, peas, cauliflower, legumes, onions and cabbages should be left out from juice or smoothie preparations. Drinks containing caffeine or lactose are as good as poisons for people afflicted with IBS. Sodas and alcohols if not left out of your diet will only aggravate your disease.
How about a few Juice recipes for IBS patients?
The juice recipes that you may try out if you are suffering from IBS –
Apple – ginger concoction – This IBS friendly drink is a good source of magnesium, calcium and soluble fiber.
- Kale Leaves – 5
- Lemon Juice – 1/16 cup
- Celery stalk – 1
- Apples (quartered) – 2
- Parsley – ½ cup
- Ginger – 1 inch
Just juice all the ingredients, pour it and drink it!
Banana Spinach Smoothie – This tasty blend is empowered with the benefits of bananas, spinach and almond butter.
- Spinach – 2 cups
- Almond Butter – 1 tablespoon
- Bananas – 2
- Water – 1 cup
The bananas and spinach are to be chopped and put in the blender and blended till smooth. And your healthy smoothie is ready!
Apple-celery-cucumber potion – This celery-flavored drink is rich in antioxidants and comes with the excellent taste and aroma of lemon!
- Apples (cored & quartered) – 3
- Celery stalks – 8 to 10
- Cilantro – 1 bunch (almost 12 ounces)
- Medium sized Cucumber – 1 (cut lengthwise)
- Lemon Juice – ¾ cup
Juice all the ingredients except the last. Add the lemon juice and its ready to serve.