No matter how careful we are with our diets it is inevitable that on occasion we still have to deal with those nasty symptoms of IBS. Life gets busy, you run out of time to plan or shop for your meals and snacks, or you just want to have a social life and go out to dinner with friends. How many times have you tried to explain your good and bad food lists to restaurant staff that find it all just too confusing and difficult and then find yourself eating a meal that leaves you anticipating the uncomfortable after-effects? Sometimes your body just has a bit of a meltdown, and despite you best eating efforts you’re dealing with a belly puffed up like a balloon or desperately searching for the nearest restroom. These are the challenges of the IBS sufferer and FODMAP malabsorber, but surely there are ways we can deal with it, remedies to soothe the belly?
One of my favourite afternoon/evening drinks has become peppermint tea. During my nursing days we would give patients peppermint water or tea to help ease discomfort of bloating and wind pain that often came after certain procedures. When I had my first child I noticed that preparations for his troublesome colic included peppermint as an ingredient.
Enjoying peppermint tea has been a learning process for me. You see, I am a coffee girl. I have never been a tea drinker. Although I love the aroma of tea and toast first thing in the morning I just can’t come at drinking tea no matter how I try it. However, in earnest effort to cut back on the caffeine, and sugar for that matter, I made the decision to drink peppermint tea, and to keep drinking it until I enjoyed it.
It took time but I’m there now. Does it help with bloating? I can’t give you any scientific proof, although there’s research and anecdotal information easily found about the medicinal properties of peppermint if you want to search. Some of it suggests taking peppermint prior to eating can help prevent digestive discomfort. Perhaps it’s just the fact that I sit down and take a break from the busy day and give my body a few moments to rest, I find my peppermint tea a soothing treat to look forward to.
What do you do to soothe ?