So this week I have been suffering with a sore throat, which is unusual for me as I rarely get cold or flu like symptoms, but hey, I’m a grown up, I can deal with it! (while writing this I’m slumped in bed with a hot towel around my head, while hubby looks on disapprovingly…) What! I’m poorly… leave me alone.
Moving swiftly on, unlike most, for those of us who suffer with IBS or other digestive health issues, treating a sore throat can be somewhat tricky to say the least. The worst part for me is whenever I have get a sore throat or flu it always disturbs my digestion, because of travelling bacteria. Below I have listed popular over the counter medication to avoid if you suffer with IBS and are following a Low FODMAP diet.
Ibuprofen & Aspirin
Taking Ibuprofen and Aspirin are no go’s, as they can make IBS symptoms worse and in some cases have been proven to be the cause and development of IBS, in the first place. The reason for this is that they irritate the gut by disturbing the mucosal barrier (the barrier between the inside of the gut and the rest of the body), this is what helps us absorb nutrients and stops germs from passing through to the gut as a result the intestinal flora can become unbalanced. In most, this just causes a mild irritation but for those with sensitive tummies it can wreak havoc on your digestion for weeks.
That being said paracetamol does not irritate IBS symptoms so thats one saving grace!
Medicinal Syrups & Lozenges
Cough, sore throat and flu syrups also need to be avoided. Not only do they contain copious amounts of sugar (yes, I know Mary Poppins said “A spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down”, but being able to fly and see talking animals is not the answer…crazy lady…). The common Honey and Lemon Strepsils Lozenges, are packed with sugar, for a 12 pack, there is 36g that’s 9 teaspoons of sugar and our RDA of sugar for the day! Yikes!
They can also contain dextromethorphan, which can cause diarrhoea, and if you follow a low FODMAP diet, they contain most of the binding agents you can’t have including honey.
So, next time you wake up with a cough, sore throat or flu, don’t pop to the drug store to find a saviour, your more likely to trade one aliment for another. Read my Post on Treating Cold & Flu Symptoms With A Digestive Illness