What can you do about summer IBS symptoms? A lot, fortunately.
For many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), summer can summon extra stomach trouble. Why is that? Several causes could be behind seasonal gastrointestinal distress:
All this can alter your bowel movements, contribute to bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and other symptoms of an upset stomach. What can you do about summer IBS symptoms? A lot, fortunately. See if any of these suggestions work for you:
For people with inflammatory bowel problems, constipation, and diarrhea, aloe vera could be an anti-inflammatory balm. Rich in B vitamins and composed 99 percent of water, aloe vera both hydrates and heals.
Research is still being conducted on ginger’s role in alleviating indigestion, stomach pain, and other IBS symptoms, but it’s a plant with a long history as a helpful home remedy. Get more of it in ginger tea, as a brisk agua fresca, in chicken summer samosas, or drizzled over a tangy fruit salad as ginger lime syrup, among so many other great choices.
Ever popular, peppermint oil can often help save your digestive tract from pain and bloating. Plus, while you can use peppermint oil, tablets, or supplements, fresh peppermint on its own is a wonderful summer flavor, going as well in mint lemonade as in minty quinoa.
Seasonal Tip: While alcohol isn’t always friendly to IBS, a few drops of cocktail bitters splashed into low FODMAP ginger ale or club soda may help settle stomach problems. Cocktail bitters hold botanicals like ginger, mint and fennel, which can all help quell nausea.
Dehydration can happen to us all, given summer’s elevated temperatures and increased sunlight. Combat dehydration with, well, lots of water. Pep it up with infusions of lemon, cucumber, or mint or make flavored ice cubes.You could enjoy:
You can also chew your liquids in the form of hydration-boosting foods like:
Oddly, heat can help calm abdominal pain, even in summer. If you can take the heat, try:
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