Stay Hydrated, Stay Healthy: Low FODMAP Summer Drinks That Won't Aggravate IBS

Everyone loves to have fun in the sun, but along with hats and sunscreen, it's crucial to keep your hydration levels in check. This is especially true for people  managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). But don’t worry, because staying hydrated doesn't have to be boring or exacerbate your IBS symptoms (or involve a gallon-sized water bottle!). With a little creativity and a few ingredients, you can create all kinds of low-FODMAP summer drinks that will keep you cool and keep your gut happy.

Keep Summer Hydration Simple with Infused Water

Let's start with the simplest and most refreshing option – infused water. It’s a versatile and beloved low-FODMAP summer drink that you can customize to your taste. Instead of reaching for sugary sodas or fruit juices that can trigger IBS symptoms, try infusing your water with slices of citrus fruits like lemon, lime, or orange, along with fresh herbs like mint or basil. Not only knowing how to infuse water   add a burst of flavor to your drink, but it also encourages you to drink more water throughout the day.

Go Classic with Iced Herbal Tea

Herbal teas are a fantastic option for staying hydrated; they also have a  soothing effect on the digestive system. Opt for low FODMAP herbal teas like peppermint, chamomile, or ginger, and serve them over ice for a refreshing summer drink. You can even add a splash of lemon juice or a sprig of mint for extra flavor.

Get Tropical Hydration with Coconut Water

Is coconut water gut-friendly? It’s more than that. It’s nature's own naturally electrolyte-packed beverage.  Coconut water is trendy,  hydrating AND it’s a   low-FODMAP drink that’s widely available, which makes it a great gut-friendly summer drink to grab when you’re on the go but want something other than water.  Drinking coconut water is a great way to replenish lost fluids after sweating  in the summer heat. Just be sure to choose plain coconut water without added sugars or high-FODMAP ingredients.

Curious about how to identify low-FODMAP foods? Check out Fody’s downloadable resources that you can consult at any time to help you shop for your gut!

Bring Back Classic Summer Hydration with Homemade Lemonade

Quench your thirst with a classic summer favorite – lemonade. You may be wondering “is sugar bad for gut health?” Luckily, there are plenty of ways to enjoy sweetness on the low-FODMAP diet without adding extra sugar.  You can make your own low-FODMAP lemonade by combining freshly squeezed lemon juice, water, and a touch of maple syrup or stevia for sweetness. Serve it over ice for a refreshing and gut-friendly treat.

What about DIY cocktails? While this post focuses on non-alcoholic low-FODMAP drinks, you can get answers to your questions about alcohol and gut health in this post.

Start your Day with a Low-FODMAP Iced Coffee

For coffee lovers, iced coffee season can’t come quickly enough! It’s  a delightful way to cool down on a hot summer day, and luckily, you can make your own low-FODMAP iced coffee that isn’t loaded with sweeteners, right at home!  Stick to cold brew or espresso-based drinks made with lactose-free milk or a non-dairy alternative like almond or coconut milk. Avoid high-FODMAP sweeteners like honey or agave syrup and opt for a splash of low FODMAP syrup or sugar substitute if desired.

So you’re quenched–now, are you feeling peckish? You can take your summer drinks to the next level by pairing them with FODY Foods' delicious salsas and condiments. Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue or simply enjoying a picnic in the park, FODY's range of IBS-friendly products are the perfect complement to your low FODMAP summer drinks.

Imagine sipping on a refreshing glass of infused water while dipping crunchy veggies into Fody's flavorful salsa. Or enjoying a tall glass of iced herbal tea alongside a bowl of fries drizzled with Fody's tangy Ketchup. With Fody's salsas and condiments, you can add a burst of flavor to your summer gatherings without worrying about dealing with IBS symptoms .

So, this summer, stay hydrated and stay healthy with these low FODMAP summer drinks that won't make you feel bloated or uncomfortable. And don't forget to elevate your summer spread with Fody Foods' delicious salsas and condiments – the perfect party duo for a gut-friendly summer celebration. Cheers to a happy and hydrated summer!

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