The “Why” and “How” to Stay Hydrated this Summer with IBS

The “Why” and “How” to Stay Hydrated this Summer with IBS

The “Why” and “How” to Stay Hydrated this Summer with IBS

Happy Sunday, Sisters!

I hope you are all having a great weekend so far! I haven’t felt the best this weekend, so I spent all day yesterday trying to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! It was 93 degrees F here yesterday, so laying out at the pool was super hot! It felt really good in the water, though πŸ™‚ I figured with summer right around the corner, this would be the perfect time to discuss hydration and IBS. Being properly hydrated is important f0r everyone, but especially for an IBS Sister. Being hydrated can actually ward off IBS symptoms, and prevent flare ups from happening in the first place.


Why is it so important for an IBS Sister to stay hydrated?

Being an IBS-C Sister, I know from personal experience that being dehydrated can make my constipation way worse, something I didn’t even know was possible! It’s important to stay hydrated to keep your bowels moving. If you’re an IBS-D Sister, being hydrated can also prevent an episode. In addition, diarrhea can severely dehydrate you so it’s important to rehydrate and get plenty of electrolytes. Water can positively act as a flushing mechanism for your entire body. Additional symptoms besides constipation and diarrhea for an IBS Sister includes:Β dark colored urine, thirst, dry skin, light headedness, less frequent urination, and more. It’s especially important to stay hydrated during workouts. If you’re properly hydrated before working out, you’ll have a much lower risk of compromising adequate blood flow to your GI tract.


How much water should I drink?

The ADA (American Dietetic Association) suggests drinking 8 glasses of water per day. Another way to determine how much water you should be drinking is to divide your body weight by two, and drink that many ounces of water. For example, someone who weighs 140 pounds should drink about 70 ounces of water per day.


How do I drink more water?

I make sure I have a refillable water bottle with me at all times, such as a Nalgene. I used to frequently drink bottled water but because of my hormones, I’m steering clear of those for now. Some people even draw times on their water bottles to hit a certain line by a certain time in the day to make sure they’re getting enough.

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Adding lemon to your water can make it more appealing, or make thisΒ Infused WaterΒ that is totally delicious.

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There’s an app for that! You can download mobile phone apps such as Waterlogged and Daily Water Free to track your daily water consumption. Or you can set simple reminders in your iCal, alarms, or Android device alerts to drink more water! Starting off your day with lemon water aids in digestion, cleanses your system, balances pH levels, clears skin, energizes and enhances your mood, promotes healing, freshens breath, hydrates your lymph system, and aids in weight loss. photo

Lastly, try making it a game! Challenge yourself to see how clear you can get your urine to be!

How else can I hydrate other than water?

Coconut water, herbal tea, fruit juices


You can eat your hydration from low-FODMAP fruits and vegetables such as cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, carrots, strawberries and more.


You can also hydrate from smoothies, cold press juices and electrolyte drinks such as Pedialyte. Check out a few in the blog posts below:


Surprising Smoothie Ingredients & Meathead Lemonade

Smoothie Bowl

The Shamrock Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Cold Pressed Juices

Hypothyroidism Water Weight Cleanse

And sometimes, you just have to rehydrate with IBS Sister Friendly [Skinny] Margaritas πŸ™‚


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I hope all of my Sisters have a wonderful summer and stay HYDRATED all summer long! Stay tuned for more summer tips and tricks! How do you stay hydrated?

XOXO, IBS Sisters


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