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Ask Heather » An Irritable Bladder? IC or IBS? Guest Columnist Jill Osborne Tells All!

IBS Recipe » Simple Spring Celery Soup

Special Events » New Stores, Hy-Vees, Health Fairs, & Tummy Care Events!

Research & Press » IBS Answer Forums Celebrate 7 Years - Come Ask Questions!
                          » Shift Workers At More Risk For IBS

Special Letter » What's Impressed Ryan Beyond Words?


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Simple Spring Celery Soup

This is a light, fresh and easy soup that is simple to make and very soothing to eat. It's chock full of veggies, which are cooked and pureed to minimize any insoluble fiber risk. The fennel adds a special flavor and is also a digestive aid.

Makes 4-6 Servings

2 T Organic Spectrum or Soy Garden butter (non-hydrogenated soy margarine)
1 T canola oil
8 cups diced celery, including leaves
1 T fennel seeds from Fennel Tummy Tea
2 T Acacia Tummy Fiber dissolved in 2 T water
4 cups fat free low salt veggie or chicken broth
1 medium Russet potato, peeled and diced
1 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Melt soy butter and canola oil in a large stock pot over medium low heat. Add the celery, fennel seeds, and liquefied Tummy Fiber, cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until celery is very tender. Add the broth and potato.

Bring soup just to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until potato is very tender. Blend soup in stock pot with an immersion blender or, alternately, add soup in batches to a blender and puree (be careful if soup is hot). Discard any celery strings and fennel seed hulls that collect around blender blades. Bring pureed soup back to medium low heat and add the salt and pepper.

Cook till slightly thickened, uncovered. Serve with fresh sourdough bread.

The perfect drink with this soup is a cup of Fennel Tummy Tea!

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I just got my first shipment of Acacia Tummy Fiber and I am impressed beyond words. I had so much difficulty getting my soluble fiber intake to an effective level with other brands of soluble fiber because I would gag on the taste, texture, and the gel that formed at the bottom of the glass.

I can actually take a proper dose of Tummy Fiber because it has no texture, taste, and it creates no gel. I didn't gag on it at all, it was as simple as drinking a glass of water. Because I am now able to take a dose that's right for my IBS I've noticed that my bowel activity is normalizing even faster than I could have expected.

It's such a great product that I will recommend it to everyone with IBS and to my doctors. It far exceeded my expectations and has delighted my day and given me hope for my future.

Please use my comments in any way to promote the Tummy Fiber. I am so blown away that I didn't have this product 7 years ago when I was diagnosed. I would recommend it to anyone suffering and if you want to use my comments please do!

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Thank you so much, Ryan! I am so happy to hear this! ~ Heather

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Did you know you can get answers to your IBS questions at HelpForIBS.com's patient-expert moderated IBS Message Boards? The boards have provided education, support, and empathy for IBS sufferers worldwide for over 7 years. With multiple boards addressing all common topics of concern, IBS sufferers can ask questions relating to Irritable Bowel Syndrome and have answers in just minutes.

Thousands of members with IBS participate in the forums for the Eating for IBS diet, IBS-friendly recipes, gut-specific hypnotherapy, yoga for IBS, living with IBS, fitness concerns, an IBS research library, and more.

If you have IBS, you are not all alone. Millions of people are dealing with the exact same issues you are. Whatever your IBS questions, our message boards can answer them!

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Shift Workers At More Risk For IBS

American Journal of Gastroenterology recently reported that nurses participating in shift work, especially those working rotating shifts, face a significantly increased risk of developing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and abdominal pain compared to those working a standard day-time schedule

"Our findings suggest that nurses participating in shift work, particularly those who participate in rotating shift work, have a higher prevalence of IBS and abdominal pain. This association is independent of sleep quality," the authors write.

"We know the colon has its own biological clock and that's what increases the likelihood of having a bowel movement in the first six hours of the day," Hoogerwerf says.

"Shift work can cause chronic disruption of that biological rhythm, resulting in that clock to constantly be thrown off and needing to adjust, creating symptoms of diarrhea, boating, constipation and abdominal pain and discomfort."

The researchers say their study suggests that sleep disturbances do not completely explain the existence of IBS or abdominal pain associated with shift work. Learn how to manage IBS and work-life issues.

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This week I am thrilled to have a guest columnist: Jill Osborne, founder and president of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, an organization dedicated to helping people with IC. As Interstitial Cystitis very frequently overlaps with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Jill's information is a great addition to the newsletter. Thanks Jill! ~ Heather

Do you suffer from urinary frequency or urgency? Can't sleep through the night without running to the bathroom? Do you have pain or discomfort as your bladder fills up with urine? Do you think you have constant bladder infections only to have your urine cultures turn up negative? You might be struggling with interstitial cystitis (IC).

Irritable bowel syndrome and interstitial cystitis are two pelvic pain syndromes that often co-exist in patients. In IC, patients struggle with a very sensitive bladder and, in many cases, severe inflammation and/or wounds in their bladders. A typical IC patient experiences urinary frequency, feeling that they need to urinate every hour or more often. They often can't sleep through the night. They may struggle with sudden "urgency." For many patients, bladder pain is their dominant symptom, particularly as their bladder fills with urine. And, like IBS, they struggle with symptom flares that are exacerbated by diet.

The good news? Patients need no longer suffer in silence at home alone, nor feel this is "all in their heads." IC is real and treatable. There are many therapies now available that can help bladder symptoms, reduce pain, and improve sleep quality.

As with IBS, diet modifications can help reduce IC symptoms dramatically. In our case, not only should we avoid foods that are caffeinated, but also foods that are high in acid that irritate the wounds and/or inflammation in our bladders.

Coffees, green teas, black teas, most fruit juices, artificial sweeteners, and sodas are a frequent cause of IC flares. Many patients are stunned to learn that cranberry juices actually make IC symptoms much worse. And it's often the patients who have just one cup of coffee a day (even decaf) who seem to suffer the most.

So what's the connection between IC and IBS? It seems to be shared nerves and neurosensitivity. Recent research has shown that the nerves in the bladder and bowel influence each other; when the bowel becomes irritated, the bladder also shows signs of irritation and vice versa. Thus, there's some belief that if a patient sustains an injury or trauma to one part of the pelvis, other nearby areas of the pelvis also show signs of neurosensitivity. This offers a credible explanation for women with either IC or IBS who also struggle with vulvodynia (chronic vulvar pain), and men who struggle with prostatodynia (chronic inflammation of the prostate).

Personally, I have had both IC and IBS for most of my life. I am immensely grateful for the help that I received from Heather several years ago when she appeared in the ICN Guest Lecture series. The dietary advice that I received from HelpForIBS.com changed my life. Once I learned about the different fibers and began using Heather' Tummy Fiber Acacia, my IBS dramatically improved. As a result, the ICN has recommended Heather's Tummy Care products for years now. I hope that we at the Interstitial Cystitis Network can offer similar help for patients struggling with bladder symptoms.

You can learn all about IC on our support website, the Interstitial Cystitis Network. We offer a free IC e-newsletter, an extensive support forum where you can ask questions, live support chats, and much more. There are also several good books that can help you learn more about IC treatments and self-help strategies, including: The IC Survival Guide by Robert Moldwin MD and Confident Choices: A Cookbook for IC and OAB, both of which are available at the ICN Mail Order Center.

If you're struggling with any bladder symptoms, please remember that you are not alone. We're here and we care!

Jill Osborne, MA
President & Founder
Interstitial Cystitis Network

Thank you so much, Jill! Though it's not fun to hear that so many people with IBS are also likely to struggle with IC, it is at least nice to know that the same dietary guidelines can help manage both disorders. ~ Heather

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