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Know Your Enemies! What NOT To Drink For IBS?
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Roasted Summer Tomato Salsa
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Can Choir Singing Improve Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
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After 50 Years of IBS, Is It Too Late To Lead A Normal Life?
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Roasted Summer Tomato SalsaNow that summer is here, this is my favorite fast and easy recipe for garden ripe tomatoes and sweet mangoes. I like this salsa smoky and a little spicy, so I add a generous amount of chipotle pepper. You can simply substitute smoked paprika for the chipotle if you prefer smoke without heat. Pureeing the tomatoes makes the insoluble fiber of their skins much more tolerable, while the Tummy Fiber, mangoes, and baked corn chips give a good soluble fiber foundation.
Makes 6 Servings
5 very ripe small tomatoes, heirloom varieties if possible
1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
1 tablespoon Acacia Tummy Fiber
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons honey
2 small ripe mangoes (Champagne variety if available), peeled and diced
baked corn chips for serving
Roast tomatoes on a grill in a grill basket (or broil tomatoes in oven) until skin blisters and blackens, turning to cook evenly on all sides. Add tomatoes, chipotle, Tummy Fiber, lime, and honey to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into serving bowl and stir in diced mango. Adjust ratio of lime juice or honey to taste. Serve with baked corn chips.
The perfect drink with this summer snack is a honey-sweetened cup of iced Fennel Tummy Tea!
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Thank you so much, Martin! I hope your letter inspires others to realize that it's never too late for things to change for the better! ~ Heather
Did you miss the recent letter from Marie, who no longer has diarrhea or constipation?
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Can Choir Singing Improve Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
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A Swedish investigation has studied the effects of choir singing on irritable bowel syndrome in a recent issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.
Singing in a choir is very popular in the Nordic countries. This activity has been associated with increased longevity, and it induces feelings of relaxation and energy. Several studies have shown beneficial psychological and/or biological effects of singing. A study has shown that a singing lesson (practicing singing individually) is associated with increases in relaxation, energy and joy, as well as an elevated oxytocin concentration in serum. Low levels of oxytocin have been observed in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in adults.
The Swedish study found a clear indication that choir singing once a week induces a state of stimulated regeneration during the first half-year in IBS patients, but that in this particular case this effect did not last until the end of the year.
Learn all about IBS and how to manage it with the essential guide, First Year: IBS.
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Know Your Enemies! What NOT to Drink for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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After the last newsletter's popular column about what's safe to drink for IBS, I received a lot of questions from people asking what's NOT safe.
The short answer, unfortunately, is quite a few things - enough for two separate Ask Heather columns, actually. But, knowing about potential triggers is half the battle, so here's the drinks you should consider your worst enemies. Avoid these bad boys altogether, and give your love to the a wealth of delicious, safe alternatives instead.
* Coffee - Both regular AND decaf coffees contain an enzyme that's an extremely strong GI tract irritant. In addition, the caffeine in coffee is a GI stimulant, and coffee is highly acidic, which can aggravate the upper GI symptoms (such as acid reflux or heartburn) that many people with IBS are prone to.
Sometimes people with IBS-constipation come to rely on coffee for its laxative effect, but because it's such a harsh irritant it's likely to cause cramps, spasms and rebound diarrhea. It can also worsen constipation if it causes intestinal spasms severe enough to seize up the colon to such an extent that motility is slowed or outright halted.
If I had to name one of the all-time worst beverages for IBS, coffee could win the prize.
* Soda Pop - The only IBS-safe ingredient in soda pop is the water. Most commercial brands are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, and fructose is a very poorly digested sugar. What does this mean? It means it can cause cramps, spasms, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.
Does this mean that diet soda is a safer bet? Nope - artificial sweeteners are even worse. Splenda, NutraSweet, Equal, saccharine, sorbitol, and all other artificial sweeteners can trigger IBS symptoms.
Many soda pops also contain caffeine. All of them are carbonated, and carbonation can cause or increase gas and bloating, or trigger intestinal spasms. If I had to actually design a deadly-for-IBS drink, I'd come up with something just like soda pop.
* Dairy - But wait, what if it's low fat? What if it's lactose-free? What if it has live cultures? Doesn't matter, doesn't matter, doesn't matter.
It's not just the fat and the lactose in dairy that can trigger severe IBS symptoms. All dairy beverages contain components such as the proteins whey and casein, which can cause severe digestion problems. Avoid dairy altogether, and if you need a replacement use soy, rice, oat, or nut non-dairy substitutes. There are a ton of different brands, products, flavors, and more on the market now, at regular grocery stores as well as health food markets.
We'll wrap up the list with our next newsletter, including the worst drink for IBS ever, but in the meantime, don't feel discouraged. Our last newsletter gave all the delicious and safe beverage options for IBS, so don't focus on deprivation when you have a wonderful (and long) list of IBS-friendly drinks.
Coming next, the worst drink ever for IBS!
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