what to drink with crohns

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Angela N
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   Posted 11/9/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
This is probably a stupid question but I was just wondering is it bad to drink sodas with crohns?  Like Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper ect....Just trying to figure out if it is bad to drink carbonated drinks.  if so, what is the best thing to drink? 

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   Posted 11/9/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I use sprite, 7up, or ginger ale for my nausua.

But otherwise I stay away from soda pop.  I try to use teas instead.


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teddybearweiser
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   Posted 11/9/2008 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink ice tea, ice water.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
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MAG102886
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   Posted 11/9/2008 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI says that sodas are terrible for your stomach in general, especially if you have crohns. I usually drink water or cranberry juice, but if I go out to eat I always get a soda to "treat" myself.  I do notice a difference since I dont drink them that much tho, I used to drink like 3-5 a day, now maybe 1-2 a week, now when I drink sodas I get a sour stomach.

Dianogsed with Crohns at 16, 21 yrs old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly), 20mg Pred, Levbid, Nexium, B12 injections.
 

Naboo57
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   Posted 11/9/2008 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I really have a tough time with sodas, especially with the darker colored ones, i do a sprite when i have a intense urge.  Other wise i do fruit juices, some i juice myself, and tons of water.  I also make my own chai lattes at home with soy milk for the mornings.

 


conorconan1
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   Posted 11/9/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW! Stay away from Soda of any kind. They are not good for the gut at the best of toimes, let alone when you have chrons. They all full of surgars and acids that really are not good for you. Also, research has shown that it can cause damage to the liver as well.

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   Posted 11/9/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Angela,
I think your best bet is to ask your doctor because he knows the extent of your disease. If you have stomach involvement or GERD associated with your CD, then sodas might really give you grief.

That said, many GIs say there are no dietary restricitions when it comes to Crohn's, just eat what you can tolerate. Another option is to see how you tolerate your favorite soda. Keep notes about increases in symptoms and pain. If your favorite causes you problems then it is probably best to lay off. Also be aware that some sodas have a high caffeine content. Caffeine can stimulate the intestines. Someone having lots of diarrhea or frequency might not want the added stimuli.
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gachrons
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   Posted 11/9/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I used to drink tea black but found perked coffee now and avoid pop although I will have one very rearely and it woukd be 7-up.lol gail
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Angela N
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   Posted 11/9/2008 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks everyone for your info....I really appreciate it very much...I don't drink that much soda but was just curious what everyone had to say about it.....

mkl11
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   Posted 11/9/2008 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh man, I love Diet Coke but I stay away from corn syrup/excess sugar, so pop is a big no-no for me. I really primarily stick with water. I have iced tea a few times a week, and drink soy milk with chai (weening myself onto skim milk as we speak! exciting!) as a treat. Also drink chocolate almond milk a few times a week--definitely a good snack.
20 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007. On Humira, no wheat or corn syrup, low sugar, low dairy.


pb4
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   Posted 11/9/2008 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
soda, gatoraid, anthing with junk and too much sugar in it is not good for us....when you're dehydrated, reach for pedialyte not gatoraid....all I drink is water and chamomile tea, might sound boring but my gut is much better off for it...on occassion I'll drink 100% pure cranberry juice or any other juice that is 100% natural, no junk or preserves added...pom juice is also excellent on occassion.

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LMills
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   Posted 11/9/2008 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I generally will stay of the mind that if it stings my mouth then it will hurt my gut. To put things in perspective with soda, just for an experiment to put in my chemistry book some teachers tested the pH of diet soda and found it to be 3.12. 7 is neutral and every drop or increase in pH level i.e. 7 to 8(more basic) or 7 to 6(more acidic) indicates a tenfold increase.
I know soda can be tempting so if you absolutely cannot resist that temptation then I would advise a very small taste. I will steal a sip of root beer or dr. pepper from my fiance every now and then, but I generally try to avoid most sodas. Ginger ale in moderation seems to calm the stomach down :)
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Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
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pb4
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   Posted 11/9/2008 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
You can eat ginger to aid with calming down a poor tummy rather than drink gingerale which is full of too much sugar, not to mention the carbonation of soft drinks does a number on the bones so that doesn't help if you have any osteo issues.

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Julie1014
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   Posted 11/10/2008 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to be a big soda drinker, but I knew I had to stop because of the sugar. I find carbonated beverages very comforting to my stomach for some reason. So, I drink a lot of Seltzer Water. Just PLAIN Seltzer, with no artificial sweeteners. I get my water intake for the day, and my "bubble" fix, lol!
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Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 12 mg, Miralax as needed, Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas as needed
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
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athensgirl
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   Posted 11/10/2008 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Seems I'm one of the lucky ones, I can dring soda, coke, pepsi you name it.  I don't drink alcohol (because I don't like the taste), so sodas is the only solution when I go out.  The only reason why I try to avoid it, is because it makes me fat!
 
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 11/10/2008 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Whole Foods 365 ginger ale is good. Extra ginger, less sugar that main stream ginger ales. No corn syrups.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Tara13
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   Posted 11/10/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I have found that I have gone off my loved coffee - it just tastes terrible when I try and drink a cup. I have been drinking hot blackcurrant juice but I am finding it is giving me too much heartburn so shall try something else. I struggle with drinking the amount of water I should really be having.
Diagnosed with Crohn's 27.10.08. I'm a Kiwi looking to increase my knowledge.  As they say KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!


Nanners
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   Posted 11/10/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I drink Gatorade most of the time. I respectfully disagree with PB4 on it. My GI has told me it okay to drink. He has even recommended I take sips of it every 5 minutes when I am having one of my nauseaous days to keep myself hydrated. I guess that just goes to show once again that what we can and cannot eat is different for each of us. I do occasionally drink Sprite, especially when I have alot of gas, that seems to help me move the air thru. I will add a caveat though, I don't suffer with D, I have more C than anything.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


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   Posted 11/10/2008 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I understand Nanners, it's just that Pedialyte isn't chalk full of dyes and garbage like Gatorade is so that's why I recommend it over Gatorade, because it has all the electrolites and potassium without the added coloring, sugar and junk...most GI's would't care to note the difference....although mine does.

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Nanners
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   Posted 11/10/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried as much as possible to drink Pedialyte on those bad days, but it is just too yucky for me. At least with the Gatorade I like the flavor.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 11/10/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes I mix the two or water down gatorade. I drink pedialyte a lot when I am super dehydrated. One or two gatorades (sipped throughout the day is fine). I find it is bad when I am so dehydrated and have to chug like 5 of something. 5 gatorades would be too sugary so I do 2 pedialytes. But If the taste is grossing me out (I use the unflavored) than I add some gatorade or juice.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Roni
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   Posted 11/10/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Best to avoid all drinks with sugar in it, especially if you are not in remission. I'm not exactly sure how foods/drinks affect people in remission because I've never actually been in remission, but my aunt has cd and she's been in remission with no symptoms for 10 years and eats/drinks ANYTHING with absolutely no problems! Would be a dream come true for me...

I drink chamomile or black tea with honey, lots and lots of water, 100% natural low acid juices, and the occasional 1/2 c. of coffee with honey and org. cream.

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   Posted 11/11/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Caffeine triggers diarrhea for me. Doesn't matter if it's tea, coffee or cola, the effect is the same. Non-caffeinated drinks seem to be OK though.
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ski bum
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   Posted 11/11/2008 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Ever see that video on you tube where mentos are put in diet coke? It causes the 2L bottle of soda to spew like a geyser! I haven't had any soda or mentos since I watched those videos. The videos are pretty cool tho, I just wouldn't want to drink that stuff, especially in combination.
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Ileocolectomy 4/08. Back on Pentasa as maintenance.


Joie1
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   Posted 11/13/2008 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I avoid soda. If I'm out and they don't have the option of iced tea, I go with a Sprite/7-Up/Sierra Mist. Carbonation can cause gas in the digestive tract. I drink tons and tons of iced tea. Sugared. Black usually. I'll add some water and sometimes Ensure as a drink supplement. I spent awhile back drinking Gatoraid. I've heard that watering it down can help if the sugars or intensity of flavors is not aiding with nausea (and it does help). I haven't yet used pedialyte yet. Otherwise, I had some homemade cream soda at the August Festival...and daydream of Cherry Cokes by the 12-pack. :-P
27/f/CD. 4 CD related surgeries: 2 resections, 2 JP drains, 3 NG tubes, many absesses (including the one my most recent surgery scraped off my ovary) and fistulas.
Currently trying to figure out hip and knee joint pain.
Have lost in these surgeries: appendix, 8 in. intestine, R fallopian tube, gallbladder, 10 in. intestine
Dx'd: February 2007.
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