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Diet Kit #2
Eating for IBS,
Tummy Fiber
Acacia Can,
Peppermint Caps
  (265 reviews)
Diet Kit #2<br>Eating for IBS,<BR>Tummy Fiber<BR>Acacia Can,<BR>Peppermint Caps $49.99

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4444 Product5470 Muriel from golden valley, AZ
Purchased on 7/5/2015
Reviewed on 7/26/2015
Not sure of the powder yet. but the caps are good, will let you know more later
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55555 Product5440 Janet from Brentwood, CA
Purchased on 6/25/2015
Reviewed on 7/16/2015
I have been satiisfied the short time I have been on it.
I have been able to dissolve it in applesauce and it has been very tolerable. I have difficulty in swallowing large pills, so this has worked much better for me. I am hoping it will solve my problem of IBS. I have not had any episodes since taking it.
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4444 Product5404 Robin from Tucson, AZ
Purchased on 6/10/2015
Reviewed on 7/1/2015
I have never felt better. The Eating for IBS book has been wonderful.
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55555 Product5370 Hubert from Cookeville, TN
Purchased on 5/28/2015
Reviewed on 6/18/2015
Tummy Fiber,Acacia Can and Peppermint Caps
exceeded my expectations, excellent products.
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55555 Product5358 Kelli from Missoula, MT
Purchased on 4/13/2015
Reviewed on 6/11/2015
Great bundle
Love the recipes in the book! So many & delicious & healthy & just such a blessing!!
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4444 Product5317 Gail from Bluffton, SC
Purchased on 5/5/2015
Reviewed on 5/26/2015
helpful
This book along with other research on IBS gave me a better direction.The peppermint pills work well for me and the fiber balanced things out.The right probiotics are important to my healing process. I believe that candida caused my issues.
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55555 Product5301 Denise from Beachwood, NJ
Purchased on 4/12/2015
Reviewed on 5/21/2015
Fiet Kit #2
These products have helped me immensely. I find the bloating and the gas has greatly calmed down. The Peppermint caps do calm my stomach. The only thing is that you have to make sure you drink a lot of water to make ensure they are "in your stomach" or they repeat on you and that is not a pleasant experience at all. I am very happy overall with these products though.
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55555 Product5265 Theresa from Holbrook, MA
Purchased on 3/12/2015
Reviewed on 5/8/2015
These products have made a TOTAL CHANGE IN MY LIFE!!
i HAVE SUFFERED FROM ibS FOR OVER 25 YEARS and, I am sure that most of you who suffer from this would agree, it is a major problem in one's life!!! Oh yes, you can take a pill for diarreaha, and another for constipation, and a pain killer for your headaches, etc. etc. but they are temporary "patches" for a much bigger problem. My husban found Heather's website for IBS and using the teas (for me especially the Fennel) the capsules (peppermint) and the acacia powder, has made a world of difference. Of course, there is no cure for IBS, but the symptoms of pain, bloating, spasms, and stabbing anquish have subsided, oh my God, what a difference!!! Even when I have an attach of diareaha, the absence of horrifying pain is amazing!!! The facts that she provides through her website are also amazing and so helpful in answering many questions that I have wondered about. I told my heart doctor, who is also a specialisty in auto immune deseases is very impressed with Healther's products and help and has stated that this women is truly dedicated in healping people and is try not in it for just monetary reward, but for a life of rescuing people from this nightmare and providing help through her way of life and various charities. I, for one, am very greatful for her products and her devotion to a life of caring for others and the world around her There are not enough people on the earth today with her spirit.
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55555 Product5255 Cathryn from St.Johns, FL
Purchased on 4/10/2015
Reviewed on 5/1/2015
Great product
This product has greatly helped my digestive problems. This is the solution I have been searching for.
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55555 Product5242 Sharon from brimfield, MA
Purchased on 3/20/2015
Reviewed on 4/28/2015
wonderful product, it was as described and works great
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55555 Product5196 Marie from Sayreville, NJ
Purchased on 3/20/2015
Reviewed on 4/10/2015
so far this product has brought me relief. Thank you
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333 Product5188 Sue from Marble Falls, TX
Purchased on 3/13/2015
Reviewed on 4/7/2015
So far so good!!
I have been taking Acacia and Peppermint caps about 3 weeks. I have seen an improvement in my symptons but am hoping for more. I'm taking 1 1/2 teaspoons twice daily.
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Heather says:
Thank you so much for your feedback! Please do continue to gradually increase your Tummy Fiber until symptoms resolve. A very rough average is 1-3 tablespoons per day for diarrhea, and 2-5 tablespoons per day for constipation.

Best,
Heather

55555 Product5182 Debbie from Austin, TX
Purchased on 3/15/2015
Reviewed on 4/5/2015
The acacia tummy fiber has turned my life around! I'm so grateful I found it!
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55555 Product5160 Melissa from Moorefield, WV
Purchased on 3/7/2015
Reviewed on 3/30/2015
I am very pleased with the products I received and noticed a tremendous improvement! Thanks!
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4444 Product5158 Cindy from Folsom, CA
Purchased on 3/6/2015
Reviewed on 3/27/2015
Great book
Reading the book let me know that I probably don't have IBS, or at least it's mild. The fiber and peppermint pills are really helpful and the recipes are great.
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55555 Product5114 Estelle from Houlton, ME
Purchased on 2/15/2015
Reviewed on 3/9/2015
Acacia Tummy Fibre - great product. Easy to use.
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333 Product5106 Barbara from Bradenton, FL
Purchased on 2/11/2015
Reviewed on 3/6/2015
I have a complicated problem, but hoping these products will help to make me better.
I have seen many, many doctors and have had loads of tests, and not one has come to a conclusion of what my problem is. I am self-diagnosing it to be a severe problem of IBS; therefore, I'm hoping Heather's Tummy Care products will come to my rescue.
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Heather says: Feedback Rating
Hi there Barbara,

I truly hope Heather's Tummy Care products help you as well! I am sorry to hear that you have been struggling with multiple conditions. I hope that you feel well soon.

For Heather's Acacia Tummy Fiber, I recommend that you start off with 1/2 teaspoon, twice daily. Then, add 1/2 teaspoon every 4 to 5 days until you reach 1 to 3 tablespoons daily to resolve diarrhea or 3 to 5 tablespoons daily to resolve constipation.

For Heather's Tummy Tamers, you should take 1 to 3 a day on an empty stomach. If you have acid reflux or GERD, then you should wait one hour before eating or drinking anything. If you do not, then you can take the capsule 15 minutes before you eat. Be sure to take the capsule with just a mouthful of cool (not hot or cold) water.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Best,
Amanda
Customer Service Representative

4444 Product5055 Wanda from oceanside, CA
Purchased on 1/11/2015
Reviewed on 2/13/2015
acacia can has been most helpful - pills not so much
We re just confused on taking the acacia product in the afternoons - especially when grazing all day
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55555 Product5041 Eugenia from Henderson, NV
Purchased on 1/18/2015
Reviewed on 2/9/2015
happy with product
finally something that works and is easy to use.
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55555 Product5038 Donna from Maryville, TN
Purchased on 1/18/2015
Reviewed on 2/8/2015
I love the products and the information and the tips. They have made an incredible difference in how I feel daily. Thank you
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55555 Product5012 Valerie from Santa Maria, CA
Purchased on 1/11/2015
Reviewed on 2/1/2015
So far it seems to be helping. I have diverticulitis and constipation has been a real problem for me. A lot of the fiber products on the market have caused terrible tummy problems. I am really happy to found your product
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4444 Product4980 Betty from Sequim, WA
Purchased on 12/18/2014
Reviewed on 1/11/2015
Need to get it regulated on a daily basis.
Once I get this regulated into my daily plan, I'm sure to have results. I have IBS Diarrhea, so I'm not sure yet of when and how much to take. What makes it worse is I have a prolasped rectum, so I need to take immodium sometimes.
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55555 Product4972 Karen from Montville, NJ
Purchased on 12/16/2014
Reviewed on 1/6/2015
This is the first fiber, ever, I could tolerate.
I was real conservative starting the acacia fiber because of poor past experience with all fiber products. So far I am feeling a lot better: so far 2 tsps a day and 1-2 peppermint Ginger caps. Much less gas now- thank goodness.
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55555 Product4948 Jeanne from PAYSON,, AZ
Purchased on 11/30/2014
Reviewed on 12/22/2014
PRODUCTS ARE GREAT--INFORMATION THE BEST HELP
DO DOCTORS HAVE ANY TEST FOR IBS FXCEPT FOR WHAT WE TELL THEM IS HAPPENING --I AM JUST GOING BY YEARS OF IGNORED SYMPTONS
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55555 Product4942 Velma from North Little Rock, AR
Purchased on 11/28/2014
Reviewed on 12/19/2014
product very good
peppermint caps gives me acid reflux very bad, don't know what to do to stop this so I had to stop taking them, but they worked so well. Any suggestion
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55555 Product4916 Carol from Zanesville, OH
Purchased on 11/18/2014
Reviewed on 12/11/2014
Feeling Better Thanks to Heather
Although Ido not have IBS I do have a diverticulitis problem. The peppermint tea and the peppermint capusules have helped tremendously. The book was very informative and and I will certainly use some of the recipes. I have modified my diet and that also has helped me. Thanks again for youro help.
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55555 Product4909 Karen from Lake Worth, FL
Purchased on 11/14/2014
Reviewed on 12/7/2014
Loving these products!
Making an amazing difference for me. Thank you so very much!
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1 Product4906 Jane from INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, FL
Purchased on 11/11/2014
Reviewed on 12/3/2014
Did not help my ibs
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Heather says:
Hi there Jane,

Please feel free to return any items that you are unsatisfied with for a refund.

Heather's Acacia Tummy Fiber resolves both constipation and diarrhea. We recommend that you start with 1/2 teaspoon, twice daily. Every 4 to 5 days, add 1/2 teaspoon to your total dose. Keep repeating this process until you reach 1 to 3 tablespoons to resolve diarrhea and 3 to 5 tablespoons to resolve constipation.

Heather's Tummy Tamers Peppermint Oil Capsules prevent pain, cramps, spasms, gas and bloating. You should take 1 to 3 daily, on an empty stomach.

Please don't hesitate to contact us at our toll free number if you have any questions about your IBS symptoms. We would love to help you find the correct products that will help you manage your symptoms.

Best,
Amanda
Customer Service Representative

55555 Product4905 Kaye from fox river grove, IL
Purchased on 11/7/2014
Reviewed on 12/2/2014
helps me a lot
almost normal again. product is wonderful, helps me a lot. I am living a normal life again, can leave the house with no fear. go once in the morning instead of 15 times a day ! thanks
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55555 Product4900 Donna from Hartford, SD
Purchased on 11/9/2014
Reviewed on 11/30/2014
Very good just still working on the right amount to take per dose.
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55555 Product4850 Sherrill from jewett city, CT
Purchased on 10/19/2014
Reviewed on 11/9/2014
It has made such an incredible difference! I read the book first and then did my order. Also, I immediately went off all dairy; within a few days, my belly was feeling better. Previously, I thought I was intolerant to gluten.....that's what the other book
If you have any suggestions, I would appreciate them. Thankyou so much, Sherrill
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55555 Product4811 Cynthia from Murray, KY
Purchased on 10/8/2014
Reviewed on 10/29/2014
This truly helps! And did so immediately!
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55555 Product4798 Sandra from Windsor Locks, CT
Purchased on 10/4/2014
Reviewed on 10/26/2014
Turned my world around .... thank you!
After 6 months of IBS symptoms with no MD support (GI doc useless to me), I am relieved to find Heather's program. In two short weeks of following the "right" diet, high in soluble fiber, relatively low in fat, I am over 50% more comfortable. My husband (the chef in the family) is on board and eager to try new IBS-specific remedies. Cannot thank you enough for your compassion and highly knowledgable and professional approach to help those of us who are living with IBS. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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55555 Product4795 Sondra from Daphne, AL
Purchased on 10/4/2014
Reviewed on 10/25/2014
Products gave instant tummy relief
Peppermint tea is awesome. Almost instantly gasy feeling disappeared. Would highly recommend
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55555 Product4790 Gary from Camp Point, IL
Purchased on 10/3/2014
Reviewed on 10/24/2014
Very Happy with the results of this product for IBS
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333 Product4752 Robert from granby, CO
Purchased on 9/15/2014
Reviewed on 10/6/2014
The peppermint tea works great, I am feeling better overall, however the fiber supplement has totally constipated me and makes me really gassy!
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Heather says:
Hi there,

I am so glad that you love Heather's Peppermint Tummy Tea!

Heather's Acacia Tummy Fiber should never cause constipation, but please be sure you didn't go cold turkey with laxatives at the same time if you have been using those. Soluble fiber takes some time and patience to resolve constipation - it will not work overnight. See here http://www.helpforibs.com/news/newsletter/060705.html#askheather for full info.

You may experience extra gas and bloating if you take too much fiber too quickly. We suggest that you start with 1/2 teaspoon, twice daily. Then, increase your dose by 1/2 teaspoon total every 4 to 5 days. Repeat this process until you reach 1 to 3 tablespoons to resolve diarrhea and 3 to 5 tablespoons to resolve constipation.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions or concerns.

Best,
Amanda

55555 Product4743 Billie from Anacortes, WA
Purchased on 9/13/2014
Reviewed on 10/4/2014
This product is really working for me thank's I'am happy
been suffering with this IBS for so long now Iam 3 weeks feeling better. What a good product to help with this symptoms. I have been passing on the good news to friends that suffer too it helps. Great that I have got a handle on this.
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4444 Product4740 Karen from Yakima, WA
Purchased on 9/12/2014
Reviewed on 10/3/2014
Peppermint Caps work like a charm. Am looking to try recipes this weekend. They look fabulous
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55555 Product4692 Shirley from Portland, OR
Purchased on 8/28/2014
Reviewed on 9/18/2014
Excellent products
Your web site and product design is unique; quaint and feminine. If I were a guy, I might go elsewhere, but the products are as advertised.
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333 Product4678 Diann from Saint Charles, MO
Purchased on 8/24/2014
Reviewed on 9/14/2014
diet kit
I love the cookbook I have tried using fiber and peppermint capsules they have not helped me much the peppermint gives me indigestion no matter what timing I use
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Heather says:
Hi there Diann,

I am so glad that you love the cookbook!

I'm so sorry that Heather's Tummy Tamers Peppermint Capsules cause you to have indigestion. Along with taking them an hour before you eat, you should also take them with just a mouthful of water. Then, wait an hour to drink any other liquid. This will help to prevent the capsules from dissolving in your stomach, which is what can cause acid reflux.

Otherwise, you are always welcome to return the peppermint capsules, as well as the fiber, for a full refund, even if they have been used.

Heather's Acacia Tummy Fiber can take several weeks to resolve diarrhea and a month or so to resolve constipation, so it does require some patience. We recommend that you start off with 1/2 teaspoon, twice daily. Every 4 to 5 days, add 1/2 teaspoon to your daily dosage until you reach 1 to 3 tablespoons to resolve diarrhea and 3 to 5 tablespoons to resolve constipation.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions or concerns.

Best,
Amanda
Customer Service Representative

333 Product4684 Cynthia from Terryville, CT
Purchased on 8/20/2014
Reviewed on 9/14/2014
I'm still having belly issues
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Heather says:
Hi there Cynthia,

I am so sorry to hear that you are still having some belly issues.

If you are ever unsatisfied with any of our products, please feel free to return them for a full refund.

To prevent pain, spasms, cramps, gas and bloating, take the Tummy Tamers 1 to 3 times a day, on an empty stomach. If you are looking for a solution that will help relief pain in the moment, you should try Heather's Peppermint Tummy Tea.

Heather's Acacia Tummy Fiber is meant to resolve both constipation and diarrhea. We recommend that you start with 1/2 teaspoon, twice daily. Then, every 4 to 5 days, increase your dose by 1/2 teaspoon total. Keep repeating this process until you reach 1 to 3 tablespoons daily to resolve diarrhea or 3 to 5 tablespoons daily to resolve constipation.

Both the peppermint capsules and the acacia fiber are the most effective when you pair them with an IBS safe diet. Avoid trigger foods such as dairy, fried foods, caffeine, red meat, egg yolks, artificial sweetners, alcohol, any carbonated beverages, coconut and caffeine, to name some.

Please contact us at 1-866-640-4940 and we would be happy to go over how to best use our products so that you can find some relief. We would be happy to discuss an IBS safe diet as well.

Best,
Amanda
Customer Service Representative

55555 Product4651 Chaidi from East Palatka, FL
Purchased on 8/6/2014
Reviewed on 9/5/2014
has helped me a lot since my gall bladder surgery
I have been diagnosed with acid reflux and IBS has been mentioned as well. I can no longer take anything with omeprazole since it gave me an irregular heartbeat and osteoporosis. Ive been using the fiber and for the first time I feel better and my chronic constipation is better. Thank you for your products
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55555 Product4644 Esther from Portsmouth, RI
Purchased on 8/8/2014
Reviewed on 8/29/2014
I am very pleased with everything I have received. Thank you, EK
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333 Product4638 Trista from Granville, MA
Purchased on 8/2/2014
Reviewed on 8/23/2014
Peppermint caps are to strong
After a few hours of taking the peppermint caps, I couldn't stop feeling the mint in my chest and stomach. Defiantly does not work for me.
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Heather says:
Hi there Trista,

I am so sorry that Heather's Tummy Tamers Peppermint Capsules don't work for you.

Please feel free to send them back to us for a full return.

If you have acid reflux or GERD, then peppermint can cause heart burn. If that is your case, we recommend trying the capsules with just a mouthful of water, one hour before you eat or two hours afterwards.

Following these directions should eliminate any heart burn that you've been feeling as a result of the Tummy Tamers. Then, the peppermint capsules will prevent pain, spasms, cramps, gas and bloating!

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Best,
Amanda
Customer Service Representative

55555 Product4636 Michele from Arlington, WA
Purchased on 7/31/2014
Reviewed on 8/21/2014
The products seem to be working
My digestion has improved and when I do experience pain the tea and peppermint caps help
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333 Product4631 Fran from Valhalla, NY
Purchased on 7/27/2014
Reviewed on 8/18/2014
Good value especially with discount
I've been using tummy fiber powder for a while, and was doing pretty well. Then had relapse in June after taking antibiotics for a sinus infection, and haven't been the same...tummy fiber and peppermint capsules not working as much as I would like, but will continue to use and see if i can get back on track.
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Heather says:
Hi there Fran,



I’m so glad that you think our Diet Kit is a good value!



I am so sorry to hear that you had a relapse after taking antibiotics. Unfortunately, antibiotics attack both the good and bad bacteria in your system, so that is probably why you aren’t doing as well. But I’m sure you’ll be feeling better in no time if you continue to use your fiber and peppermint capsules!



I would recommend pairing the acacia fiber with a great probiotic as well to make up for the damage done by the antibiotics. Acacia is a prebiotic, so it creates the perfect environment for a probiotic to thrive.



Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s ever anything that you need.



Best,

Amanda
Customer Service Representative


55555 Product4606 Eileen from Buda, TX
Purchased on 7/23/2014
Reviewed on 8/13/2014
Love it
Easy to order and very speedy delivery. Great products of course, as well!
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55555 Product4609 Randy from Conowingo, MD
Purchased on 7/23/2014
Reviewed on 8/13/2014
i love the products
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55555 Product4604 Linda from Rio RRancho, NM
Purchased on 7/21/2014
Reviewed on 8/12/2014
it seems to be the answer that no medical person could find . It is really helping
love the recipe and snack ideas they really help a lot so I don't grab something without thinking and pay for it later. Has help not only the constipation and the dirreah but also I don't vomit after each meal now it is maybe every other day and it is getting better and longer in between
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55555 Product4603 Shirley from vidor, TX
Purchased on 7/21/2014
Reviewed on 8/11/2014
I am very pleased with the products
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4444 Product4581 Gaye from Sarasota, FL
Purchased on 7/9/2014
Reviewed on 7/30/2014
Love the recipes.
Have been using the Acacia powder but still have gas and bloating. Don't know if I am using too much or not enough. 2tbs in am/ 1tbs in pm
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55555 Product4566 Jonni from Oklahoma City, OK
Purchased on 7/3/2014
Reviewed on 7/24/2014
works
I am so impressed with the results I am experiencing from using your products. Every day I feel progress. Thank you so much.
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55555 Product4546 Joy from Denver, CO
Purchased on 6/18/2014
Reviewed on 7/18/2014
Excellent Customer Service
I am new to IBS and haven't used the products long enough to give an accurate rating. I do believe the Acacia helps but since I have cheated several times, not a fair review.
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55555 Product4540 Denise from Wilmington, OH
Purchased on 6/26/2014
Reviewed on 7/17/2014
Absolutely great!
I dont spend all morning in the bathroom!!
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55555 Product4466 Melissa from Chicago, IL
Purchased on 5/17/2014
Reviewed on 6/9/2014
This product was a life saver.
Just when I thought I could never live the same way again, I came across these products. I cannot thank Heather enough for these supplements. They changed my life and I am so thankful for the help. I would not be the same person if it wasn't for these products. So thank you and keep up the good work.
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55555 Product4461 Kim from Redmond, WA
Purchased on 5/18/2014
Reviewed on 6/8/2014
My son has struggled for almost 2 years-nothing helped as much as Heather's products!
I have been working to help our son get well from digestive issues for nearly 18 months. It has been such a challenge not knowing where to turn. He has a big job opportunity coming up that we were so afraid he would have to say no to and now, with the help of both the acacia, peppermint caps and even the tea; he has had 2 relatively normal days where for the first time in 18 months, he could do what other 'normal' young people get to do. Love love love Heather's products and caring concern for others because this condition is life changing! He is planning to take this job and we are praying it will work out for him and if so, we give God the glory for helping us find the right products and resources and we give thanks to Heather for being that much needed beacon of light and hope. Thank you!
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333 Product4438 Theresa from Arbor Vitae, WI
Purchased on 5/10/2014
Reviewed on 5/31/2014
Soluble Acacia only good in small dose.
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Heather says: Feedback Rating
Hi Theresa,

Thanks for your feedback.

The soluble fiber should work with bigger doses as well.

If you're having trouble getting it to dissolve, make sure you are using room-temperature liquid and stirring it with a plastic fork rather than a metal utensil.

If you're experiencing increased bloating and gas, decrease your dosage for 4-5 days and gradually work your way back up. Use increments of 1/4 teaspoon.

If you need more direct help, please call us toll-free at 866-640-4942.

Best regards,
Laura Tuscher - Heather's Tummy Care Representative

4444 Product4433 Jean from Prairie Du Sac, WI
Purchased on 5/6/2014
Reviewed on 5/27/2014
I have been to a GI twice and decided to try this alternative.
I did forget to take the fiber one morning and noticed a huge difference by not doing so. I am quite satisfied with how well it is working so far. Thank you, Jean
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55555 Product4411 Linda from Vacaville, CA
Purchased on 4/27/2014
Reviewed on 5/18/2014
I hope the best is the best
I am a new customer, and have read your IBM book and have used your products. They seem to be what my needs are and I feel much better also well informed about my diet. I was so impressed that I sent my sister the #2 Diet Kit also and will continue to pass it on to my friends. Thank You.
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4444 Product4381 Valerie from Columbia, MD
Purchased on 4/15/2014
Reviewed on 5/6/2014
the fiber is fantastic. Ginger contained in the capsules should be emphasized more.
I will return the peppermint caps because they contain ginger, one of the foods I cannot tolerate. I did try one and didn't react to it well. Please let me know if I can return both bottles of peppermint caps even though one has been opened. I gave three or four to a friend who was complaining of bloating, and told her where to get the information and more product.
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55555 Product4343 Amanda from Greenfield, IN
Purchased on 4/2/2014
Reviewed on 4/23/2014
Excellent product!
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4444 Product4275 Grant from Bradenton, FL
Purchased on 2/19/2014
Reviewed on 4/4/2014
Good Products so far
Eating for IBS - A lot of interesting and helpful stuff except I am diabetic too so the recipes have too much sugar or sugar equivalents to be used routinely.
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55555 Product4261 Penelope from Gaylord, MI
Purchased on 3/11/2014
Reviewed on 4/2/2014
Only thing that has worked so far.
After 6 months of diarrhea, homeopaths, and doctors, the Tummy Fiber is the only thing so far that makes me nearly normal. Thanks to Heather.
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55555 Product4213 Shannon from TROUTVILLE, VA
Purchased on 2/16/2014
Reviewed on 3/14/2014
It worked!
When everything I tried to eat put me in tears for all the spasming this great advice helped me know what I could eat and the fiber and peppermint caps help get me back to normal food. I have suffered with this in varying degrees for years and this was by far the worst episode... 2days in to the advice I could eat something besides baby food and after getting the acacia fiber after about a week I could eat something besides pretzels, cream of rice, or a plain baked potato (no skin). About a month later I notice when I forget to take my fiber and caps and I still mostly only drink tea but I can have my coffee now which is really big for me. It's so much better, it's my job to keep it that way.
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55555 Product4204 Steven from Martinsville, VA
Purchased on 2/13/2014
Reviewed on 3/11/2014
Acacia fiber seems to be helping a great deal, so far. This would be tremendous!
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55555 Product4187 Annette from Denton, TX
Purchased on 2/12/2014
Reviewed on 3/5/2014
Results OK so far.
Results are good so far. I was dealing w/stomach pain and was under the care of my doc so was not able to start therapy until now.
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55555 Product4117 Kendra from Poplar Grove, IL
Purchased on 1/20/2014
Reviewed on 2/11/2014
Great products!
Have only been on the products for a few days but have had good results so far. No ill effects. So appreciate your website, recipe book, and these products. I hope to get to the point where I can try many of the recipes in the book. For now, eating very, very carefully as per your tip sheet and my known problem foods. IBS is debilitating, and anything that can help is so needed by so many. Thanks!
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4444 Product4113 Barb from Seward, NE
Purchased on 1/19/2014
Reviewed on 2/9/2014
Good product so far.
The peppermint capsules I took one and won't take any more. It wasn't painful just uncomfortable. I had a hot sensation through my nose and down below. It was pretty odd. It didn't help my pain at all. The fiber supplement I am still taking. It seems to work fairly well so far. The book was good, but I didn't see any references that were medically associated; like doctors, etc.
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4444 Product4077 Roland from Pembroke Pines, FL
Purchased on 12/20/2013
Reviewed on 1/27/2014
Very satisfied with products and quick delivery
Unfortunately, the peppermint capsules increased my acid reflux considerably and I had to return them. The book is very good but some of the recipes seem to be contrary to some of the advice given by Heather. The Acacia fiber seems helpful and is easy to take.
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4444 Product4047 Kelley from Apex, NC
Purchased on 12/20/2013
Reviewed on 1/13/2014
Very helpful. Thank you!
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55555 Product3988 Karen from New Port Richey, FL
Purchased on 11/30/2013
Reviewed on 12/25/2013
A lifesaving system
After more than a year of suffering with nearly debilitating problems, Heather's system has turned things around for me in just a few weeks. The Acacia powder is great - much nicer to consume than Metamucil or the other similar products. And the diet and cookbook is fantastic - these are some of the best recipes I've ever used, and I can eat the food without suffering afterwards! Thank you Heather!
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333 Product3953 Marilyn from STOW, OH
Purchased on 11/21/2013
Reviewed on 12/12/2013
Not happy with peppermint capsules
Sent them back and waiting for refund
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Heather says:
Hello Marilyn,

Thank you for submitting a review. I'm also pleased that you're happy with our customer service and speed of delivery!

I'm sorry to hear that the peppermint capsules did not have their desired effect.

Once we have received the items you have returned, we will issue a credit to your card. It may take a few days for the credit to appear on your statement because credit card companies only seem to post adjustments about once a week or so.

Returns usually take between 1-2 weeks to process.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can be of further assistance.

Best regards,

Emily

Heather's Tummy Care Representative


333 Product3938 Christine from Dartmouth, MA
Purchased on 11/15/2013
Reviewed on 12/6/2013
Don't know yet. Still working on it.
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Heather says: Feedback Rating
Hi Christine,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review!

Please do let us know if there have been any issues with customer service or with the products that you have ordered from Heather’s Tummy Care.

I am so sorry you are not yet seeing results from the Tummy Fiber, Tummy Tamers or Eating for IBS from your Diet Kit.

If you have any questions at all about dosages, product use, the diet for IBS, or other concerns we can help you with, please feel free to contact us directly, toll free (866) 640-4942.

All the best,

Emily - Heather's Tummy Care Representative




4444 Product3922 Susan from Johnstown, PA
Purchased on 11/9/2013
Reviewed on 11/30/2013
I could only give a four to product rating because I cannot take the peppermint caps.
The peppermint caps give me extreme indigestion. But I absolutely LOVE the Acacia. It has worked a miracle for me. No more diarrhea! Hallelujah! Also I have been helped by the eating suggestions. Plus the tea is wonderful.
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4444 Product3913 Wiley from Whittier, NC
Purchased on 11/2/2013
Reviewed on 11/25/2013
Still waiting on sufficient results to know if working or not.
I still have not received relief from constipation or regular bowel movement. I am still hopeful though. As far as reduced pain, maybe some - varies with each meal. Do have excessive gas & heavy feeling with the Acacia Senegal Tummy Fiber but lessens over the day.
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55555 Product3902 Belinda from Lakeville, ME
Purchased on 10/31/2013
Reviewed on 11/22/2013
lots of loving care in products
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55555 Product3892 Elaine from Sun City, AZ
Purchased on 10/29/2013
Reviewed on 11/19/2013
Wonderful product...
So happy to have found these products as they really seem to be helping me a lot. Thank you so much for creating them.
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22 Product3809 Viola from broomfield, CO
Purchased on 10/3/2013
Reviewed on 10/24/2013
product not working
I have had ibs for 45 years,always hopeful something will work, well this does not seem to work, I will try and triple the amount and see what happens.
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Heather says:
Hello Viola,

I am so sorry you are not seeing results from the Tummy Fiber yet. Taking too much acacia too fast can cause increased gas and bloating - so please do not suddenly triple the amount of Tummy Fiber you are taking. Acacia is one of the lowest gas-forming fibers out there and going slow makes the gas issue totally avoidable. Please be patient because this really does work.

We recommend starting with ½ teaspoon twice a day (daily dose of 1 teaspoon). You can split the daily dose up as many time as you like throughout the day, just divide it by 2 or 3 depending on the frequency you prefer. Try to increase the dose every 4th day or so by a teaspoon (add this to the daily dose). If you get increased gas and bloating by jumping the dose up by a teaspoon, try cutting this in half. Some people with IBS are so sensitive they have to go up at ¼ teaspoons every 4th day. Keep stepping up the dose every 4th day or so until you find a dose that resolves your constipation and/or diarrhea. Constipation is usually resolved with a daily dose of 4-5 tablespoons/day and diarrhea/loose stools usually resolves at a lower dose of 1-3 tablespoons/day. You shouldn't take more than 5 tbsp/day. The maintenance dose is different for each person depending on their specific symptoms. Dietary changes are often necessary to make lasting changes. In the beginning until you stabilize, it works best to take the acacia before each meal to minimize the effect of trigger foods in the meal and to calm the intestines before the food arrives.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us directly, toll free (866) 640-4942.

All the best,
Joanna - Heather's Tummy Care Representative

55555 Product3772 Jean from San Diego, CA
Purchased on 9/24/2013
Reviewed on 10/15/2013
i love this product. i can once again join my friends for lunch and go out to dinner with my husband. i know what to eat and when to eat it. I feel great.
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55555 Product3719 Sharon from Sudlersville, MD
Purchased on 9/11/2013
Reviewed on 10/6/2013
everything's better
Heather, since using your products I have NO PAIN from abdominal cramping, the tense, unhappy, uncomfortable look is gone from 65 year old face,& my skin has improved tremendously.I never would have believed that food could have such adverse effects on my body.Thanks.
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55555 Product3714 Julia from Newark, DE
Purchased on 9/12/2013
Reviewed on 10/3/2013
excellent products
I had made plans 6 months ago to go to Disney World with my daughter, son in law and 3 y.o. grandson. I was scared to travel and began the fiber and peppermint capsules two weeks before the trip. I managed to make the drive down, handle three beautiful days with my family and will NOT deviate from this lifestyle change. IBS is not funny, it's not easy and it is definitely not uncontrollable using Heather's products. Thank you!
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55555 Product3710 Ninetta from Philadelphia, PA
Purchased on 9/4/2013
Reviewed on 10/2/2013
Just started but liking products so far!
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55555 Product3708 Barbara Jo from vancouver, WA
Purchased on 9/5/2013
Reviewed on 10/1/2013
Thank you!
I feel like there's hope after all.
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55555 Product3702 Patricia from Roseville, CA
Purchased on 9/4/2013
Reviewed on 9/27/2013
The peppermint tea really helps my settle my early morning tummy!
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55555 Product3683 Susan from East Vandergrift, PA
Purchased on 8/28/2013
Reviewed on 9/18/2013
I am quite happy with the Acacia fiber. Unfortunately I have gerd and could not use the peppermint caps and returned them for a refund. The book was quite helpful in pointing out some of the triggers that even I was not aware of. I am so happy that I foun
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55555 Product3660 Peggy from Carlisle, PA
Purchased on 8/23/2013
Reviewed on 9/13/2013
I have only been using this product for approximately 2 weeks and I can tell a difference already on how I feel.
The book I received really explains IBS completely. It has helped me immensely and I refer to it a lot. I am beginning to feel more comfortable about leaving the house and not worrying where the next bathroom is located. Thank you, Heather. It is a little difficult trying to cook what I can eat and not take things away from what my husband likes to eat but I stop and think, if it isn't good for me perhaps it isn't good for him either. I am so lucky because he is not a picky eater.
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55555 Product3654 Carol from Denver, CO
Purchased on 8/21/2013
Reviewed on 9/11/2013
Ever since I started using these Peppermint pills, my symptoms have almost entirely disappeared. This is what I would call a wholehearted testimony of approvel.
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55555 Product3592 Candace from Ashland, OR
Purchased on 8/2/2013
Reviewed on 8/27/2013
I really liked this package of products
I was a bit skeptical but my abdominal pain encouraged me to try it. I started using the senegal fiber immediately and it really seems to help. The peppermint pills are not as easy to detect but I take them every day. I encourage people to try these products if you have IBD
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55555 Product3590 Meda from New Orleans, LA
Purchased on 8/5/2013
Reviewed on 8/26/2013
I have only used the Acacia so far, but it has gotten my system on track.
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55555 Product3544 Kim from Wadsworth, OH
Purchased on 7/24/2013
Reviewed on 8/14/2013
Amazing!
I have been suffering with IBS-D off and on for the past three years. I have found few things that have helped me to feel better. Altering my diet as suggested in the book and using the products has made a tremendous change. I feel "normal" again. I highly recommend this kit for anyone with IBS-D!!
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55555 Product3526 Charles from Torrance, CA
Purchased on 7/21/2013
Reviewed on 8/11/2013
Excellent package
Eating for IBS has an excellent introduction (first 36 pages) which gives commonsense guidelines for eating - and the recipes are great also. Tummy Fiber is a lifesaver - it saved my day totally and I continue to use it daily with the Peppermint Caps as required. All in all a wonderful package to both understand IBS and to cope with it on a practical basis. I recommend it wholeheartedly....Since it worked for me, I will be interested in my gastroenterologist's opinion of it when I see him next week....I may have solved my problem without him.....
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55555 Product3479 Cynthia from Tucson, AZ
Purchased on 7/6/2013
Reviewed on 7/28/2013
It really does work!
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55555 Product3480 Christina from Louisville, KY
Purchased on 7/7/2013
Reviewed on 7/28/2013
Great product
This product does everything it says it does. Highly recommend.
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4444 Product3465 Kim from Tucson, AZ
Purchased on 7/4/2013
Reviewed on 7/25/2013
happy with the internet support as well
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55555 Product3448 Barbara from Huntsville, AL
Purchased on 6/27/2013
Reviewed on 7/21/2013
Summary of what?
The diet definitely works. However, I'm having a hard time getting by with no caffeine. I have no energy. An Allegra-D for my allergies helps some. What do you suggest?
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Heather says:
Hi Barbara - caffeine is a GI stimulant, so a potential IBS trigger, so be careful. Having said that people do have different tolerance levels for it. The safest way to get caffeine is probably green or black tea. If you're prone to heartburn use green tea, which is lower in acid. Definitely avoid coffee, even decaf, as it's a huge GI trigger.

Best,
Heather

333 Product3394 Carmela from Philadelphia, PA
Purchased on 6/6/2013
Reviewed on 7/5/2013
Returned peppermint caps.
Spoke to a woman on the phone that I was returning the peppermint caps. because they contained soy oil. She was very plesant and said that it was no problem and I could return them without a problem. I have mailed the caps. back and traced the package they were received on July2. I put a note in the package that I would like them replaced with the tummy fiber and am waiting to hear back at this point.
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Heather says:
Hello Carmela,

I am so sorry you were not able to take the Tummy Tamers.

Your return should be processed within the next couple of days or so. I am so sorry, but we are not able to process an exchange of the Tummy Tamers for the Tummy Fiber. Your money will be fully refunded for the Tummy Tamers and you are welcome to place a new order for the Tummy Fiber at any time. Please feel free to call us toll free and we will help you with an order: (866) 640-4942.

Thank you for submitting a review!

Best,
Joanna

55555 Product3352 Cheryl from Burien, WA
Purchased on 5/31/2013
Reviewed on 6/24/2013
I am so pleased with these products; can't begin to tell you.
After suffering 6mo with acute colitis and IBS I came across Heather's products at our local Bartell drug store and within 4 days i was pain free, very little bloating, gas and no diarrhea. I will follow her diet recommendations and will never be without her products on hand. The only negative comment I have is the recipes call for so many different ingredients and some very expensive but I do understand eating this new way is going to cost more. I bought a quart of soy mayo without any eggs and the quart was $8.95 but it is some of the best mayo I have ever eaten; well worth the price. Anyway, thank you Heather for being here for us and I am indebted. Cheryl Rogers P.S. My GI specialist refers her IBS patients to your web site!
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4444 Product3305 Patricia from FAIR OAKS, CA
Purchased on 5/18/2013
Reviewed on 6/9/2013
Love the Tummy fiber ,the only reason for the product rating of 4 is due to the peppermint oil caps
After trying the peppermint caps numerous ways, I have concluded I can not digest them well. I continually burp back up the taste of peppermint.
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4444 Product3292 Marti from Huntington, IN
Purchased on 5/14/2013
Reviewed on 6/4/2013
great products. very helpful
The cookbook has lots of yummy recipes that taste GREAT. the Tummy fiber is totally tasteless and undetectable! The peppermint tea is more potent than what you get in the grocery store. All very high quality!
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55555 Product3230 Cindy from Bellingham, WA
Purchased on 4/23/2013
Reviewed on 5/14/2013
I am real happy!
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4444 Product3212 Wilma from Tucson, AZ
Purchased on 3/26/2013
Reviewed on 5/8/2013
Wonderful
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4444 Product3207 Eve from Fair Oaks, CA
Purchased on 4/16/2013
Reviewed on 5/7/2013
Peppermint capsules
I had to return the capsules as they upset my tummy and I ended up with diarrhea again. The Acaica is great. I seem to be regular on just 1/2 teaspoon twice a day. My doctor looked at the canister and told me to continue taking it. I was tested for Celiac Disease and I do not have it.
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4444 Product3209 Kent from tomah, WI
Purchased on 4/16/2013
Reviewed on 5/7/2013
haven't used product long enough yet to evaluate
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55555 Product3190 Nicolle from Kalamazoo, MI
Purchased on 4/12/2013
Reviewed on 5/3/2013
Your book Eating for IBS is chock full of wonderful information and suggestions. The Tummy Fiber is simply a wonderful product and has been so helpful! I wish I would have known about it sooner! Thanks so much!
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55555 Product3161 Jeriann from Roslyn Heights, NY
Purchased on 4/5/2013
Reviewed on 4/26/2013
great quality and service
My daughter was diagnosed with IBS just recently. She has been sick fora number of years but newly diagnosed with IBS. The oil pills helps her in the morning. and the tea does settle her stomach. It has long been suffering but it really does help and finally lets her rest. Thank you for understanding such a terrible mentally debilitating illness. Not only has it helped her but it is helping me.
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55555 Product3145 Jean from No. Richland Hills, TX
Purchased on 4/2/2013
Reviewed on 4/23/2013
I am being helped a lot, I will keep in touch--Thanks
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55555 Product3074 Nancy from Oregon, IL
Purchased on 3/14/2013
Reviewed on 4/4/2013
Acacia and peppermint
This is the best stuff to relieve pain from IBS. I have tried numerous doctor prescribed medication and diets that just did not take the pain away. I am so very glad I have found these items!!
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55555 Product3022 Penelope from Farmington Hills, MI
Purchased on 2/28/2013
Reviewed on 3/24/2013
So far- so good!
So far....I'm very pleased with the results. This product lives up to its claims.
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22 Product3016 Sherri from Tulsa, OK
Purchased on 2/17/2013
Reviewed on 3/23/2013
Sherri
I tried this product for @ 6 weeks, gradualkly increasing dose. Did not work for me, in fact I think it made me more bloated and gassy. I have had IB for 5 years due to a parasite I caught in So. America. Parasite long gone, but damage still current.
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Heather says: Feedback Rating
Hello Sherri,

I am so sorry you did not see as much help as you had hoped from the Tummy Fiber!

If you do not mind, I would like to talk to you about this a little more and see how much fiber you are currently taking every day. You may find that increasing your daily dose will bring more results. Most customers take anywhere from 1 to 5 Tablespoons a day for relief!

I will email you personally to discuss this further.

If you are still unsatisfied with the results of the Tummy Fiber we have a full money back guarantee and you can return it at any time.

My apologies,
Joanna Ricken
Heather's Tummy Care Representative

22 Product3013 Ruth from Little Chute, WI
Purchased on 2/27/2013
Reviewed on 3/20/2013
not working cfor me.
i still have a lot of gas and direha .I have used th tummy fiber and the pepermint casplses and the pepermint tea all to no help.
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Heather says:
Hello Ruth,

Thank you for your feedback. I am so sorry you are not finding relief from the products yet.

How much of the Tummy Fiber did you start with and how much did you end up taking before you stopped? Typically people start with ½ teaspoon twice daily, and then add an extra ½ tsp to one of those doses every 4-5 days. Keep gradually increasing until diarrhea resolves. That may end up taking 1-3 tablespoons per day, but get there gradually. It's okay if this takes a few weeks or even months - a slow and steady increase is much more likely to work than trying to take too much, too quickly. If you increase too quickly you may experience extra gas and bloating. The fiber is not a drug or a laxative, so it won't work overnight but you will see results as you are reaching your resolving daily dose.

The pep caps are best for preventing IBS pain, spasms, and cramps. These should be really helpful for the stomachache issues. They have to be taken on an empty stomach, as they need to reach your intestines before they dissolve. I find them most helpful before meals. Those can just be taken as needed.

Our fennel tea is best for gas and bloating; peppermint tea is more for pain, cramping and urgency. With the Tummy Teas at first it is best to almost "overwhelm" your system with the tea to really kick out the bloating and gas, pain and cramping. Drink the tea till you're sick of it! After that you can drink the tea as needed.

If you still decide you do not like the products, you can return it to use for a refund, even if it's been opened. Please include your name, address, phone number and invoice number for a refund.

My apologies,
Joanna

55555 Product3008 Shannon from Grunthal, MB
Purchased on 2/4/2013
Reviewed on 3/18/2013
Fantastic all around!
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55555 Product3000 Lillian from Wilmington, NC
Purchased on 2/23/2013
Reviewed on 3/16/2013
The products have helped me a great deal already.
I also have introduced my daughter to your products, as she also has IBS altho not as severe as mine. She has also experienced much relief.
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55555 Product2988 Carrie from Solana Beach, CA
Purchased on 2/21/2013
Reviewed on 3/14/2013
everything is helping me! I am ecstatic about the results! Thank you!
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4444 Product2986 Jacqueline from Foley, AL
Purchased on 2/20/2013
Reviewed on 3/13/2013
The powder to help IBS
I am seeing that things are getting better. I have dealt with this problem for 30 years, so I know it will take alitte time. I have tried the peppermint pills and the fennel tea bags, too. I will keep in touch, Jacqueline Seavall
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55555 Product2982 Karen from YORK, PA
Purchased on 2/19/2013
Reviewed on 3/12/2013
Great Products.
These products saved my life. Thank You so much Heather.
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55555 Product2974 Sandra-faye from Duncan, BC
Purchased on 1/28/2013
Reviewed on 3/11/2013
Seems like an answer to me!
I've noticed with just a 1/4 teaspoon on my cereal/yoghurt each morning, my stool has shape and I don't have cramps - no more painful runny poops...no more urgent calls to the loo while out and about....still have to "hurry" but obviously, just a little soluble fibre has done the trick.....I'll need to order more before the end of August to take with me on my travels. Thanks. SF
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55555 Product2972 Lesley from Courtice, ON
Purchased on 1/25/2013
Reviewed on 3/10/2013
Excited to try all of the products in this package
Delivery took quite a long time.
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Heather says: Feedback Rating
I'm so sorry you had trouble with the delivery of your order. Normally orders to foreign countries take 3-7 business days. Sometimes, however, foreign orders are held up at Customs. It is very frustrating for us as well because it seems to be totally random as to whether Customs will hold an order and for how long. We have customers that order from us regularly for years without any complications and then out of the blue one of their packages will be detained for weeks on end.

Below I have copied and pasted the shipping information directly from the ordering screen of our website.

Shipping Information

All items are shipped via the US Post Office Mail.

US Priority Mail: 2-5 Business Days

Canada Priority Mail: 3-7 Business Days Unless Held in Customs

International Priority Mail: 3-7 Business Days Unless Held in Customs

FOREIGN ORDERS MAY BE HELD IN CUSTOMS FOR UP TO 8 WEEKS.

Unfortunately, this is entirely beyond our control.



It has been our experience that Customs can hold packages for 6-8 weeks sometimes. This doesn't happen to all packages, but occasionally especially with larger orders, it can happen. A delay like this is especially likely to happen when there are Customs fees due upon delivery. Sometimes orders will be held at the local post office, awaiting customer pick-up and payment of the Customs fees. This has actually happened in the past without the post office ever notifying the customer that their package was being held.

Again, my apologies for the delay,
Alieta
Heather's tummy care representative

55555 Product2959 Susan from elgin, IL
Purchased on 2/13/2013
Reviewed on 3/7/2013
finally something that works
i have been suffering for years trying everything including prescription meds. Your products make sense and work. Thankyou so much.
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55555 Product2957 Daniel from Harriman, TN
Purchased on 2/13/2013
Reviewed on 3/6/2013
Extremely Happy!!
I was skeptical about the fiber but after taking it for 3 weeks I am extremely happy with the results. No more belly pain at all and very regular!!
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4444 Product2956 Carly from Erie, CO
Purchased on 2/12/2013
Reviewed on 3/5/2013
Overall I am happy with my products and am happy I ordered them!
The peppermint pills and fiber has helped alleviate my diarrhea. The cheat sheet was also VERY helpful! I don't love the cookbook, but there are some good recipes in it.
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55555 Product2940 Monya from Eugene, OR
Purchased on 2/7/2013
Reviewed on 2/28/2013
You have saved my life!
After 4 trips to the hospital and years of suffering, I was very encouraged, when I discovered your website. I ordered two of the Diet Kit #2 (one for my granddaughter, who also suffers from IBS) and I have been using the products and following the recipes in the book religiously. Thank you!
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55555 Product2928 Angie from Kingsport, TN
Purchased on 2/5/2013
Reviewed on 2/26/2013
Life Changing Products!
I have been taking Heather's Tummy fiber and peppermint caps for several weeks and have experienced a significant reduction in symptoms. I am ever so grateful to have found these products and intend to continue using them. Highly recommend for those who suffer from IBS.
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333 Product2890 Farah from Kelowna, BC
Purchased on 1/9/2013
Reviewed on 2/20/2013
The product is satisfactory
I bought this for my son who was diagnosed with IBS-C. I have not noticed any change from using these products, or altereing his diet. Nothing in this kit seems to make a significant difference to his health condition.
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Heather says:
Hi Farah - Thank you for your feedback. I'm so sorry your son has not yet seen improvements. IBS constipation can certainly take longer to resolve than diarrhea.

For the Tummy Fiber Acacia to work properly, it's crucial that he starts with a low dose (1/2 teaspoon twice daily) and gradually increases to a dose high enough to resolve constipation (which may be 4-5 tablespoons a day). If he gets gas or bloating, that would mean he increased his dose too quickly.

It can take several weeks to gradually increase up to the dose he'd likely need to resolve constipation, and unfortunately he can't rush this. Tummy Fiber is not a drug or a laxative so it won't work overnight.

I really feel for the constipation folks, as it takes some patience to start slowly, increase gradually, and eventually get your daily dose up high enough to resolve symptoms. A lower dose can't worsen constipation, but it won't resolve it, either.

Having the fiber at least twice a day - and you can have it more often - is also key, as you want to keep the gut filled with soluble fiber at all times. That will help prevent cramping and spasms in the first place.

It's also help to review the Five Constipation Frustrations here http://www.helpforibs.com/news/newsletter/060705.html#askheather

and, if he's been using laxatives, information on transitioning off them here http://www.helpforibs.com/news/newsletter/06/082206.html#askheather

Please let me know if there's anything else we can help with.

Best,
Heather

55555 Product2875 Susan from Redding, CA
Purchased on 1/27/2013
Reviewed on 2/17/2013
What a blessing the day I found your website!
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22 Product2859 Judie from OFALLON, MO
Purchased on 1/23/2013
Reviewed on 2/13/2013
The product I bought was for stomach aches and constipation. I have been using it for 3 weeks and not seen a difference. Maybe I need to give it more time
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Hi Judie - Constipation does often require a higher dose range of the fiber, but you have to increase your dose gradually, so this can take some patience (which is easier to say than to live with, I know).

Typically people start with ½ teaspoon twice daily, and then add an extra ½ tsp to one of those doses every 4-5 days. Keep gradually increasing until constipation resolves. That may end up taking 3-5 tablespoons per day, but get there gradually. It's okay if this takes a few weeks or even months - a slow and steady increase is much more likely to work than trying to take too much, too quickly. The fiber is not a drug or a laxative, so it won't work overnight.

The pep caps are best for preventing IBS pain, spasms, and cramps. These should be really helpful for the stomachache issues. They have to be taken on an empty stomach, as they need to reach your intestines before they dissolve. I find them most helpful before meals. Those can just be taken as needed.

Please let me know if you have any other questions, and how things go.

Best,
Heather

333 Product2824 Kate from Monona, WI
Purchased on 1/15/2013
Reviewed on 2/5/2013
I like the peppermint caps. The tummy fiber does not dissolve well which is strange becasue I thought it was water soluable fiber.
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Hi Kate - I'm so glad you like the pep caps! But, I'm so sorry you're having difficulty getting the Tummy Fiber to dissolve.

I'm including a list of tips we've come up with over the years to help fully dissolve the acacia in liquids or moist foods.

1) It works best if the liquid temperature is cool or lukewarm, not very cold or boiling hot

2) Add Tummy Fiber to an empty cup, mix it with add just enough liquid to dissolve it, then add the remaining liquid

3) Stir with a fork instead of a spoon

4) After stirring initially, let it sit for about 60 seconds, then stir again and any remaining lumps should dissolve

5) Sprinkle on moist foods while stirring it in instead of adding a big spoonful all at once

Hope this helps!

Best,
Heather

55555 Product2817 Donald from Lyons, NY
Purchased on 1/14/2013
Reviewed on 2/4/2013
Very good product and good people to deal with
I received the order within 3 days.I had my doubts about your caims but I started it right away. Within another 3 days I was amazed. I began to wonder if I did haveIBS. Anyway I have continued using it and my bowels no seem normal again. Also, I want to thank whoverr called me to ask in I really wanted another order, because I somehow had oredered twice. That has happened to me before with other orders I had made and no one ever called to check and I had to return the 2nd order. Thank you for that unexpected courtesy.
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55555 Product2821 Annette from oakville, ON
Purchased on 12/22/2012
Reviewed on 2/4/2013
very good products
I would recommend your products.
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55555 Product2762 Wendy from Dothan, AL
Purchased on 1/5/2013
Reviewed on 1/26/2013
Great product
Can't believe it took me this long to find this!
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55555 Product2752 Thomas from Hewitt, NJ
Purchased on 1/3/2013
Reviewed on 1/24/2013
I feel the best I felt in years
I've been to numerous drs and none have helped . Who would have thought taking peppermint pills would help. I just wish I can afford to follow ibs cookbook. I can't due to monetarily reasons but I would highly recommend your product
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Hi Thomas - Thank you so much for your feedback! 'm so sorry to hear that some of the recipes do not seem affordable. Can you let me know if there are there specific ingredients you're struggling to get? I can give you suggestions for recipes to work around that, or easy substitutions. In general, most of the chicken, pasta, breakfast, and quick bread recipes are all very mainstream and have regular, affordable grocery store ingredients. If you're looking for something other than that, please let me know.

Best,
Heather

4444 Product2753 Sue from Sebastopol, CA
Purchased on 1/2/2013
Reviewed on 1/24/2013
Haven't felt this good in years. Taking all suplements faithfully.
Is there a retail store in my area carrying your products? Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Ca
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55555 Product2739 Rosa from Amarillo, TX
Purchased on 12/31/2012
Reviewed on 1/21/2013
I have mild IBS but it is frequent enough to disrupt my life and cause embarrassment. My boyfriend and I are moving in together soon and I wanted to get my IBS under control. Heathers products are great. I have been using them for about two weeks and have
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55555 Product2723 Audrey from Big Bear City, CA
Purchased on 12/22/2012
Reviewed on 1/19/2013
Heathers Tummy Fiber
I have been on the Tummy Fiber for a little over a month and it has been very helpful. I would recommend it to anyone with a nervous tummy....
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55555 Product2712 Madeline from Exeter,
Purchased on 12/5/2012
Reviewed on 1/17/2013
Hello Heather,
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55555 Product2677 Liz from Montgomery, AL
Purchased on 12/19/2012
Reviewed on 1/9/2013
Awesome product!
I have had IBS for years, but always managed it somewhat or enough to get by... But, now that I am older, have a teenager and going to Grad. School my stress level is through the roof which means my IBS is out of control. I am also a cancer survivor, which means I had Chemo and radiation so that has played havoc with my body as well. Needless to say I was in a fix. I am so thankful I found this web-site and these products. It DID take a while for them to begin to work, but now I FEEL so much better. Can't wait to try some of the other products as well. Thanks, Heather!
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4444 Product2650 Evadna from Indian Land, SC
Purchased on 12/11/2012
Reviewed on 1/2/2013
I haven't been on long enough to tell, was traveling over the last 2 weeks so it was hard
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55555 Product2635 Elizabeth from glen cove, NY
Purchased on 12/9/2012
Reviewed on 12/30/2012
very pleased
My daughter who is 12 has been suffering terribly from ibs. Thank you for you service. Shes on the mend the peppermint tablets are life saving.
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55555 Product2629 Donnell from paw paw, MI
Purchased on 12/4/2012
Reviewed on 12/26/2012
Amazing.
I am so happy I was able to find this for the past few years I have been having issues with IBS and the medicines did not work, or anything that i did did not help, after ordering this it came so fast and I used it the first day I got it the pepperment caps are amazing it helps so much and the fiber is awesome it started working in only a few days i was so suprised and so Happy. Thank you Heather....:)
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4444 Product2625 Jean from Green Valley, AZ
Purchased on 12/4/2012
Reviewed on 12/25/2012
The cookbook is worthless,the peppermint oil fantastic
The peppermint oil really helps the gut spasm caused by a nissen fundoplacation surgery. However, I cookbook is worthless as it encourages sugar/sweetners which I can not have. It also used grains which I can not have. Can I return the cookbook? the fennell tea is great also for the gas.
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4444 Product2616 Mary Ann from Sperry, OK
Purchased on 11/29/2012
Reviewed on 12/20/2012
Only on it for 3 weeks now but already feeling better.
Still in the transition stage from OTC & Rx, as it was IBS-C I'm sure it will take a while yet but I have more energy and got myself 95% sugar free and caffeine free. Very happy with results thus far. At 66 yrs old and had this since a baby I'm most grateful for the relief. Thank you Heather for all your good work.
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55555 Product2596 Cece from Olympia, WA
Purchased on 11/25/2012
Reviewed on 12/16/2012
Purchase of Tummy fibre and Peppermint caps
Thanks for the incredibly swift delivery. I have been having uncomfortable symptoms for almost 2 years that were affecting my active life style and energy levels for work and play. I am having a great deal of success with the peppermint caps to ease abdominal bloating, gas, and pain. It is almost too good to be true. The fibre is helping also...I had tried Metamucil a year or so ago and it exacerbated my symptoms...so it has come as a relief to find something that is providing relief from constant diarrhea. I have also been using a probiotic that I did not purchase from "Help for IBS" and I believe that is helping as well. I have been trying some of the recipes in Heather's book. Some I like, some I don't, but what I really like is that I can take the ingredients in any recipe and use them however I like, knowing they are all "safe" foods for IBS...or at least so far they are my safe foods as well. I have followed all of the instructions on all of your products to get the maximum benefit and it has really helped! So thank you! If I continue to have such a successful response to your products I will definitely be a regular customer. I am eager to try the fennel tea.
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55555 Product2467 Nancy from Wyoming, DE
Purchased on 10/25/2012
Reviewed on 11/15/2012
Excellent products and service - I learned a lot.
The book is a key part of this kit. I have learned so much that has helped me feel better. New facts and suggestions have guided my diet and I feel like I am finally beginning to understand IBS. If you are not sure if you have IBS, read this book and you will know!
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55555 Product2455 Barbara from Hagerstown, MD
Purchased on 10/21/2012
Reviewed on 11/11/2012
Very helpful product
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55555 Product2453 Murielle from bathurst, NB
Purchased on 9/23/2012
Reviewed on 11/9/2012
I like the fennel tea ,help with the bloating
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4444 Product2447 Marjorie from Council Bluffs, IA
Purchased on 10/18/2012
Reviewed on 11/8/2012
I'm not quite sure if the Pepperment caps are helping. Need a longer time taking them. It's hard when I have to eat more smaller portions and then try to take them on an empty stomach. The Fiber is finally starting to help with my constipation. I've incre
Any recomendations for the Pepperment Caps? I'm going to continue because this kit and the Tummy Tea is giving me some relief! Thank you!
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Hi Marjorie - as long as you're taking the pep caps one hour before, or two hours after, a meal that would be considered on an empty stomach. Lots of folks find it easiest to take one first thing in the morning, and then again (if needed) an hour before lunch or dinner. You can also add one in last thing before you go to bed.

If you're not prone to heartburn or reflux, you may also be able to take one on an empty stomach just 10-15 minutes before you eat.

Hope this helps.

Best,
Heather

55555 Product2432 Heather from Pandora, OH
Purchased on 10/15/2012
Reviewed on 11/5/2012
I have been taking the fiber for a couple weeks and have also been drinking the teas. I am feeling much better and plan to continue using them.
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22 Product2426 Tracy from TULSA, OK
Purchased on 9/4/2012
Reviewed on 11/4/2012
I have only tried the peppermint baplets so far and i am unable to take tjose because it causes major indigestion.
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Heather says:
Hi Tracy,

I'm so sorry you are having trouble with the pep caps. Peppermint is contraindicated for people with GERD/Reflux/chronic heartburn. Many people with IBS often have these conditions, so we worked around it by enteric coating the peppermint oil capsules. This helps them to pass through the stomach without dissolving by making them resistant to the stomach acid. In fact, we use 50% more enteric coating than the industry standard because we found it helped people with these conditions to be able to use them to manage their IBS without aggravating their upper GI issues.

However, some people with severe GERD/Reflux/chronic heartburn still have problems with the peppermint capsules because they will dissolve in the stomach before reaching the intestines. The antispasmodic effect you want to happen in your intestines will then occur in the stomach and this relaxes the sphincters at the top of the stomach. If this happens, it can lead to heartburn.

There are a few things we have found that help to prevent this from happening.

1) Take the peppermint capsules on an empty stomach an hour before the meal to allow them time to reach the intestines and dissolve before the food arrives. Taking them too close to meal time can be problematic for people with reflux. HOWEVER! There are some people (I'm actually one of them) who have problems with the caps when they wait the full hour before they eat. If you previously took the cap on an empty stomach, and waited an hour before eating, and still had problems, you might be one of those people. In that case, try taking a cap on an empty stomach just 5-10 minutes before eating, and see if that works better for you.

2) The peppermint caps should not be taken during or after a meal because the food will block them from reaching the intestines and this could cause them to dissolve in the stomach.

3) Drinking only enough liquid to swallow the capsules seems to help them pass through without dissolving in the stomach. The enteric coating makes them resistant to stomach acid, but they are still water soluble. Limiting the amount of liquid they’ll be floating around in will help them reach their destination.


4) You shouldn’t take them at the same time as any medication (prescription or over-the-counter) designed to lower the stomach acid. Lowering the stomach acid makes the enteric coating less likely to work (remember it is resistant to high acid). For folks who need to take these medications, what we came up with is taking the peppermint caps about an hour before you take the acid lowering/blocking medication. This will give them a better chance of making it down to the intestines where they will dissolve and start to take effect without affecting the upper GI.

On a related note, not being able to tolerate the enteric coated peppermint oil capsules because they are dissolving in the stomach and causing heartburn or peppermint burping might indicate low stomach acid. In naturopathic medicine, heartburn is often thought to be caused by low stomach acid which causes the undigested food to sit in the stomach too long and create pressure. It can also contribute to inadequately digested protein in the stomach. This can disrupt the digestive process downstream as well. If you followed the tips I listed above and still experienced heartburn, you might want to follow up with a provider to test your stomach acid levels. A naturopath or nutritionist would probably be the best type of provider to address this for you.

The other thing that can cause some people to have to difficulty using the peppermint oil capsules is a sensitivity to the natural compounds in peppermint such as salicylates. The peppermint oil is very concentrated and contains a higher amount of these natural compounds than you would consume in a cup of tea. People who have a sensitivity seem to experience burning in the intestines when they take the peppermint caps. It may come as a surprise because until the peppermint capsules, they’ve probably never noticed a sensitivity like this because they’ve honestly never consumed the compounds in this amount before.

Of course if you are unable to take the peppermint oil capsules, please feel free to return them for a full refund even if you have used part of the bottle.

Hope this was helpful,
Heather

55555 Product2368 Melissa from Jackson, MS
Purchased on 9/27/2012
Reviewed on 10/18/2012
Excellent product! Would recommend to anyone new to IBS!
This kit saved my life! I went through gallbladder removal, then a month later appendix removal, then the doctors thought I had ovarian cysts. Finally, a doctor recognized the symptoms as IBS. I'm taking Librax and Hydrocodone but have started with the fiber and peppermint capsules. The peppermint capsules are great during an attack. The fiber is easy to take and does not have a taste. I've just started reading the book, but I've already found a lot of things I need to stop doing/eating. I can't recommend this kit or the website enough. After two weeks, this is the best I've felt in years. Thank you Heather and everyone who makes this website and these products available to all!!
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333 Product2371 Barbara from St. Clair Shores, MI
Purchased on 9/27/2012
Reviewed on 10/18/2012
Pepperment oil capsules, not helpful
The service remarkable, speed of delivery amazing, but the fennel tea did not, 2 cups, bring the bloating down. The Eating for IBS was and is helpful and I think the fiber is starting to help. The constipation is still there. Any suggestions?? Thank you!!! Babara
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Hi Barbara - thanks so much for your feedback. The fennel tea will work best for bloating if you "overwhelm" your gut with it the first few days. Drink as much as you can, all day long, for the first 2-3 days. That should get bloating under control and then you can drop down to a few cups per day.

The fiber will also help bloating as it gets constipation under control. Constipation does often require a higher dose range of the fiber, but you have to increase your dose gradually, so this can take some patience (which is easier to say than to live with, I know).

Typically people start with ½ teaspoon twice daily, and then add an extra ½ tsp to one of those doses every 4-5 days. Keep gradually increasing until constipation resolves. That may end up taking 3-5 tablespoons per day, but get there gradually. It's okay if this takes a few weeks or even months - a slow and steady increase is much more likely to work than trying to take too much, too quickly. The fiber is not a drug or a laxative, so it won't work overnight.

The pep caps are best for preventing IBS pain, spasms, and cramps. They have to be taken on an empty stomach, as they need to reach your intestines before they dissolve. I find them most helpful before meals, especially restaurant meals. Those can just be taken as needed. The fennel tea can also be taken as needed, but the Tummy Fiber really needs to be taken twice a day, every day, in order to increase to the dose you need and then to keep constipation at bay.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. If you're not happy with the pep caps or anything else, please don't hesitate to return them for a full refund.

Best,
Heather

55555 Product2299 Lisa from Shelby Township, MI
Purchased on 9/6/2012
Reviewed on 9/27/2012
Following the advice in the book has changed my life.
The only negative is that I am unable to take the peppermint capsules as they cause me immediate chest pain when I take them.
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Hi Lisa - I'm so sorry you are having trouble with the pep caps. Are you taking them on an empty stomach? That is very important.

If you simply can't tolerate them please do return them for a full refund.

Best,
Heather

55555 Product2286 Barbara from Cerritos, CA
Purchased on 9/4/2012
Reviewed on 9/25/2012
I ordered the diet kit & I am so glad I did before we left on vacation
The kit arrived promptly & I started using the products. I don't think I would have madeAan early AM trip on the metro link, a short bus trip to LAX without Heather's products. Thank you so much! Barbara from CA
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55555 Product2203 Catherine from Pocatello, ID
Purchased on 8/22/2012
Reviewed on 9/13/2012
Helped more than anything else so far
I was diagnosed with IBS this past May, after 2 other doctors spent all of last year trying to figure out what was wrong. This doctor did the food sensitivity testing and I eliminated 27 foods. Then eliminated all the FODMAPS. Was eating massive amounts of vegetable to combat constipation. This caused a lot of cramping. Tried Metamucil and that really caused cramping. Luckily, a friend had given me Heather's book "The First Year IBS" and I came to this site and these products. They were delivered right away and so I could switch to the Acacia fiber. What a difference. Lessens rather than increases cramping. The tea and peppermint capsules also help, and following her diet advice has done more for me than all the eliminations. I am so very happy! All is not perfect, and it may never be, but I am not in despair any more.
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55555 Product2197 Frances from Ellenbrook Perth, WA
Purchased on 8/1/2012
Reviewed on 9/12/2012
Excellent finally found some help
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55555 Product2185 Andrea from Cincinnati, OH
Purchased on 8/20/2012
Reviewed on 9/10/2012
So far it has been working for me.
I have been taking the fiber for about a month and it has been working well although I am waiting for the constipaton to get regulated. Have not had diarrhea. Am hoping I can keep IBS under control, at least.
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55555 Product2171 April from Gilbert, AZ
Purchased on 8/17/2012
Reviewed on 9/8/2012
Diets Kit #2
My life has changed from reading the book. I finally understand what has been a mysterious battle for years! It's so relieving to finally find this information and make sense of my condition.
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55555 Product2130 Donna from Santa Clara, CA
Purchased on 7/28/2012
Reviewed on 9/2/2012
Can't live without it!
I was really close to loosing my job when I got on the Internet & found Heather's products. First it was gluten & then everything I was eating. By taking these products & using the cheat sheet I'm able to have a life without any embarrassing surprises. It all comes down to your quality of life and thats priceless.
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55555 Product2122 Patricia from Las Vegas, NV
Purchased on 8/8/2012
Reviewed on 8/30/2012
Tummy Tammers
I love the Tummy Tammers! I had already been using an enteric coated peppermint oil pill from Whole Foods, however, I like Heathers a lot more. These help out so much. I have very bad IBS and have had it from an early age. I am now 38 (female) and have tried almost everything under the sun. I take tummy tammers 3X a day (before breakfast, lunch and dinner)I also make sure to eat SOLUBLE fiber before each meal and it has helped tremendously! Believe it or not, I even have a miniature Twix or Kit Kat (Halloween size) candy bar every night before bed. Sometimes I wish I hadn't more more times out of most, I'm just fine. Thank Heather for saving me. My little kids & husband thank you too. Just put in my 2nd order and I will ALWAYS be back for more. P.S., I got the cookbook too, great stuff.
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55555 Product2120 Estella from LaVerne, CA
Purchased on 8/8/2012
Reviewed on 8/29/2012
Thank you for saving my life.
Out of control pain is scarry. Your products gave me hope and some relief right away as I began taking the pepermint oil caps. Now after a month, I am experiencing healing and more normalcy. I appreciate it so very much. I also take two acidophilus probiotic caps a day, which also help. Thank you for being there and for all you do. God bless you.
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333 Product2104 Margaret from florence, MT
Purchased on 8/5/2012
Reviewed on 8/26/2012
Overall, it's pretty okay. I am glad for the encouragement and to know there are steps I can take that will help.
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Hello Margaret,

Thank you for taking the time to write a quick review.

Please let us know if you have any specific questions on the Tummy Care products or IBS Diet.

All the best!
Joanna
Heather's Tummy Care Representative

55555 Product2086 Katherine from South Boston, VA
Purchased on 8/2/2012
Reviewed on 8/23/2012
After only a few days, I could see improvement in my IBS.
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55555 Product2080 Jane from Elkhart, IN
Purchased on 7/31/2012
Reviewed on 8/22/2012
The products are working fine so far. The book I thought would have more info but thats OK. It has lots of recipes.
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Heather says:
Hi Jane - I'm so glad you're feeling better! I'm sorry you were looking for more information than you found in Eating for IBS. That is a very diet-focused book and a full on cookbook, so it does have 175 recipes. For something that is pure information and not recipes, try the First Year IBS book instead. That is very comprehensive. There is more info here http://www.helpforibs.com/shop/books/firstyearibs.asp and you are welcome to return Eating for IBS if it's not what you were looking for.

Best,
Heather

55555 Product2076 Cil from Wildwood Crest, NJ
Purchased on 7/31/2012
Reviewed on 8/21/2012
Tummy fiber the best
As I diagnosed myself with IBS, I have cut out the trigger foods except for oils at times and with the help of tummy fiber, I believe I have solved my diariaha problem. I have not used the peppermint caps but have had the peppermint tea. Thanks for all the recipes, the great website and all the knowledge you share.
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55555 Product2067 Betty from Brandon, MS
Purchased on 7/28/2012
Reviewed on 8/18/2012
I feel better than ever!
I would like to be a distributor for your product in the Jackson/ Brandon, MS area! Please inform!
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Heather says: Feedback Rating
Hi Betty - we are going to contact you about distribution. Thanks for your request!

Best,
Heather

333 Product2068 Gary from Bettendorf, IA
Purchased on 7/28/2012
Reviewed on 8/18/2012
Not as much help as I had hoped for.
I did not notice a difference with the peppermint caps. The fiber helps but not nearly as much as I had anticipated.
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Heather says: Feedback Rating
Hello Gary,

I am so sorry you did not see as much help as you had hoped from the Tummy Fiber!

If you do not mind, I would like to talk to you about this a little more and see how much fiber you are currently taking every day. You may find that increasing your daily dose will bring more results. Most customers take anywhere from 1 to 5 Tablespoons a day for relief!

I will email you personally to discuss this further.

If you are still unsatisfied with the results of the Tummy Fiber we have a full money back guarantee and you can return it at any time.

My apologies,
Joanna Ricken
Heather's Tummy Care Representative

55555 Product2045 Karen from Sandy, UT
Purchased on 7/24/2012
Reviewed on 8/14/2012
Made a huge difference from my "doctors" recommendations
I have been on these products now for abut 2 weeks and although my diarrhea has not moved on to "formed" stool, now instead of going lumpy liquid 14 times a day, now I go 'trying to form" to "lava" only 3-4 times in the morning. Now I can go places during the day and not have to worry about wearing a diaper and having accidents. Although it would be nice to have a formed stool, still, I can live like it is now. I will keep trying to improve my IBS, because I believe in my heart, that my body can completely heal itself.
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55555 Product2033 Janice from Fresno, CA
Purchased on 7/23/2012
Reviewed on 8/13/2012
Thank you...your products & my review of your book plus following your smart advice, totally broke the vicious cycle. Soooo appreciate :)
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55555 Product1996 Mari from Kennewick, WA
Purchased on 7/14/2012
Reviewed on 8/5/2012
FINALLY - Help found me!
Since the age of 15 my gut episodes have been a cause of extreme distress and dismay. You finally provided the cause and a wonderful solution. The acacia fiber has given me help and also my husband who has suffered from chronic constipation for decades. So glad your site popped up right away in a Google search. Thank you! Bless you.
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55555 Product1965 Cassandra from Millville, NJ
Purchased on 7/10/2012
Reviewed on 7/31/2012
The products worked fast and efficient
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55555 Product1932 Cindy from Edmonton, AB
Purchased on 6/15/2012
Reviewed on 7/27/2012
I am very pleased with the product and service. Thank you.
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55555 Product1852 Nancy from Bakersfield, CA
Purchased on 6/25/2012
Reviewed on 7/16/2012
Finally... a manageable IBS diet that works!
This book has become my fast friend! The recipes I've tried are great and I'm looking forward to trying more. The acacia fiber supplement I will never be without again... I can stay regular, even while traveling! Can't really rate the peppermint caps yet... since I started everything at the same time and my tummy is so much better I just guess it's everything working together! :-) I'm a happy camper! Especially because once you get used to the diet, it's pretty easy to stick to and I feel so much better it's great motivation to stick to it anyway!
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55555 Product1839 Tiffany from Amherst, VA
Purchased on 6/22/2012
Reviewed on 7/13/2012
new to IBS
These products stopped a terrible time that nothing else could. I will always keep using them.
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333 Product1814 Cheryl from Troy, VA
Purchased on 6/17/2012
Reviewed on 7/9/2012
Unfortunately the products have not helped.
Would love to see a "discussion" of how to battle symptons brought on by drug side effects.
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Heather says:
Hi Cheryl - I'm so sorry to hear this. It would help to know what type of drug you're referring to, and if this is something temporary or ongoing. If it's an ongoing medication causing GI side effects, definitely ask your GI doc and also your pharmacist for other possible options. Sometimes it's actually the filler ingredients in drugs that cause IBS problems (lactose, for example) and simply switching brands can help. Sometimes different varieties of the same kind of drug (anti-depressants, for example) can cause wildly different GI side effects, and can actually be keyed to your specific IBS symptoms so they help instead of hurt.

For discussions a great resource is the IBS Message Board here http://www.helpforibs.com/messageboards/


That's the best place for feedback from lots of other users. Dietary changes and the IBS products should help you but if you are continually taking a drug causing IBS symptoms as side effects that may be an uphill battle.

Please let me know if there's anything else I can do.

Best,
Heather

55555 Product1773 Joan from Torrance, CA
Purchased on 6/12/2012
Reviewed on 7/3/2012
the fiber is the best product ever
I like the peppermint tabs and the fennel tea really helps a lot but the fiber is the best I have ever used and I have tried them all!!!!
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4444 Product1761 Rebecca from Carnegie, PA
Purchased on 6/10/2012
Reviewed on 7/1/2012
Great Products Great Service
Works even when Lotronex does not.
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22 Product1753 Stephanie from Payson, AZ
Purchased on 6/7/2012
Reviewed on 6/29/2012
Maybe too soon to tell
I started with 1/4 of the Acacia Fiber as I know how sensitive to fiber I am. But, the bloating is an issue. I am still trying. The peppermint caps caused belching. Not too pleasant. And, I have never had acid reflux.
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Heather says: Feedback Rating
Hi, Stephanie!

I am so sorry you are having trouble with the Peppermint Capsules.
I've included instructions below on ways to take them that will prevent the heartburn and belching that you are experiencing.

1) Take the peppermint capsules on an empty stomach an hour before the meal to allow them time to reach the intestines and dissolve before the food arrives. Taking them too close to meal time can be problematic for people with reflux.

2) The peppermint caps should not be taken during or after a meal because the food will block them from reaching the intestines and this could cause them to dissolve in the stomach.

3) Drinking only enough liquid to swallow the capsules seems to help them pass through without dissolving in the stomach. The enteric coating makes them resistant to stomach acid, but they are still water soluble. Limiting the amount of liquid they'll be floating around in will help them reach their destination.

4) You shouldn't take them at the same time as any medication (prescription or over-the-counter) designed to lower the stomach acid. Lowering the stomach acid makes the enteric coating less likely to work (remember it is resistant to high acid). For folks who need to take these medications, what we came up with is taking the peppermint caps about an hour before you take the acid lowering/blocking medication. This will give them a better chance of making it down to the intestines where they will dissolve and start to take effect without affecting the upper GI.

Of course if you are unable to take the peppermint oil capsules, please feel free to return them even if you have used part of the bottle. Just mail them to the address below my name with enough information so I can find you in our database. We will process a credit to your card and send you a confirmation email once the transaction has been completed.

It sounds like you're on the right track with the Acacia, for some people a really low starting dose is required. Here are some helpful instructions for getting started on the Acacia. It sounds like you're pretty sensitive to it, so you should use the acacia and increase with very small increases (about ¼ teaspoon added to your total daily dose) after several days on the same dose.

We recommend starting with ½ teaspoon twice a day (daily dose of 1 teaspoon). You can split the daily dose up as many time as you like throughout the day, just divide it by 2 or 3 depending on the frequency you prefer. Try to increase the dose every 4th day or so by a teaspoon (add this to the daily dose). If you get increased gas and bloating by jumping the dose up by a teaspoon, try cutting this in half. Some people with IBS are so sensitive they have to go up at ¼ teaspoons every 4th day. Keep stepping up the dose every 4th day or so until you find a dose that resolves your constipation and/or diarrhea. Constipation is usually resolved with a daily dose of 4-5 tablespoons/day and diarrhea/loose stools usually resolves at a lower dose of 1-3 tablespoons/day. You shouldn't take more than 5 tbsp/day. The maintenance dose is different for each person depending on their specific symptoms. Dietary changes are often necessary to make lasting changes. In the beginning until you stabilize, it works best to take the acacia before each meal to minimize the effect of trigger foods in the meal and to calm the intestines before the food arrives.

I hope you find this information helpful. It sounds like you are on the right track, it's best to be patient and let your body adjust to the Acacia Fiber.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance!

Best regards,
Alieta
Heather's Tummy Care Representative

55555 Product1757 Marilyn from Victoria, BC
Purchased on 5/15/2012
Reviewed on 6/29/2012
Very happy with everything
I think I have IBS-C after having traveller's diarrhea in Febuary. Your web site has been most helpful and your cheat sheet is great. I am up to 4 teaspoons of your Tummy Fiber now and you are right, it takes time. Thank you
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55555 Product1749 Michelle from pittsburgh, PA
Purchased on 6/5/2012
Reviewed on 6/27/2012
Very satisfied!!!!
I am so satisified with this purchase, everything has helped me so much!! I feel my health has changed since I have started taking the acacia, and pepermint oil capsules. This has been such a blessing for me. Finding the website has changed my life, I just keep hoping and praying that this continues to work for me!!! thank you so very much!! Love, Michelle
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4444 Product1744 Julie from Smyrna, GA
Purchased on 6/4/2012
Reviewed on 6/26/2012
So far so good
I guess I didn't quite understand the peppermint oil tabs but have used them periodically. The fiber is great and has calmed my system down. I don't have as much pain using these items, so it's much less dramatic, which is nice. I haven't gotten completely into the cookbook yet but am glad to have it as a resource.
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4444 Product1692 Daniel from Hoboken, NJ
Purchased on 5/18/2012
Reviewed on 6/13/2012
These products are the first things that have really helped me.
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333 Product1618 Ronald from Wichita, KS
Purchased on 5/10/2012
Reviewed on 5/31/2012
Stilll waiting to judge results.
The speed of your delivery is second only to my run to the bathroom. At first I thought it was going to do wonders, bur I'm still waiting. I like that the fibre is not mediciney. Maybe I am not taking enough. The mint pills are good but I only use them when I have that queasy feeling "afterward."What am I doing wrong?
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Heather says: Feedback Rating
Hi there,

It sounds like you are on the right track with the Acacia tummy fiber and the Peppermint Tummy Tamers. Because it can be confusing when you are getting started and trying to find the best combination and dose for you, I've included below some helpful instructions about taking the Acacia Fiber and the Peppermint Capsules:

Taking too much acacia too fast can cause increased gas and bloating. Acacia is one of the lowest gas-forming fibers out there and going slow makes the gas issue totally avoidable. Please be patient because this really does work.

We recommend starting with ½ teaspoon twice a day (daily dose of 1 teaspoon). You can split the daily dose up as many time as you like throughout the day, just divide it by 2 or 3 depending on the frequency you prefer. Try to increase the dose every 4th day or so by a teaspoon (add this to the daily dose). If you get increased gas and bloating by jumping the dose up by a teaspoon, try cutting this in half. Some people with IBS are so sensitive they have to go up at ¼ teaspoons every 4th day. Keep stepping up the dose every 4th day or so until you find a dose that resolves your constipation and/or diarrhea. Constipation is usually resolved with a daily dose of 4-5 tablespoons/day and diarrhea/loose stools usually resolves at a lower dose of 1-3 tablespoons/day. You shouldn't take more than 5 tbsp/day. The maintenance dose is different for each person depending on their specific symptoms. Dietary changes are often necessary to make lasting changes. In the beginning until you stabilize, it works best tor take the acacia before each meal to minimize the effect of trigger foods in the meal and to calm the intestines before the food arrives.

It can take 1-2 months to work up to the daily dose of 4-5 tablespoons/day sometimes. It will only make you miserable if you increase the dose too quickly. Important changes are taking place inside the colon as the body adjusts, so just be patient and let your body gently adjust to the acacia. Constipation folks will often need to continue to use whatever methods they were using previously to keep things moving until they are able to work up to the 4 tablespoons/day dose or so. Please don't stop everything cold turkey and make yourself sick because this will take some time. The overwhelming feedback I hear from people is that once they reach this dose it is a magical experience and they are able to stop relying on the other medications etc they have always needed to have a normal movement at least once a day.

Peppermint is contraindicated for people with GERD/Reflux/chronic heartburn. Many people with IBS often have these conditions, so we worked around it by enteric coating the peppermint oil capsules. This helps them to pass through the stomach without dissolving by making them resistant to the stomach acid. In fact, we doubled the enteric coating on our peppermint caps because we found it helped people with these conditions to be able to use them to manage their IBS without aggravating their upper GI issues.

However, some people with severe GERD/Reflux/chronic heartburn still have problems with the peppermint capsules because they will dissolve in the stomach before reaching the intestines. The antispasmodic effect you want to happen in your intestines will then occur in the stomach and this relaxes the sphincters at the top of the stomach. If this happens, it can lead to heartburn.

There are a few things we have found that help to prevent this from happening:

1) Take the peppermint capsules on an empty stomach an hour before the meal to allow them time to reach the intestines and dissolve before the food arrives. Taking them too close to meal time can be problematic for people with reflux.

2)The peppermint caps should not be taken during or after a meal because the food will block them from reaching the intestines and this could cause them to dissolve in the stomach.

3) Drinking only enough liquid to swallow the capsules seems to help them pass through without dissolving in the stomach. The enteric coating makes them resistant to stomach acid, but they are still water soluble. Limiting the amount of liquid they'll be floating around in will help them reach their destination.

4) You shouldn't take them at the same time as any medication (prescription or over-the-counter) designed to lower the stomach acid. Lowering the stomach acid makes the enteric coating less likely to work (remember it is resistant to high acid). For folks who need to take these medications, what we came up with is taking the peppermint caps about an hour before you take the acid lowering/blocking medication. This will give them a better chance of making it down to the intestines where they will dissolve and start to take effect without affecting the upper GI.

Hope this helps,
Alieta Gregg
Heather's Tummy Care Representative

55555 Product1588 Susan from wallingford, CT
Purchased on 5/6/2012
Reviewed on 5/28/2012
Relief is in sight and I have shared your website with 3 more people
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55555 Product1552 Curtis from Orange Park, FL
Purchased on 3/24/2012
Reviewed on 5/19/2012
Tummy Tamers are amazing! Try them - They actually work!
I've been having bloating and gas after every meal for the last 10 years. I've taken every pill under the sun to treat the symptom - pills BEFORE a Meal, Pills AFTER a meal - NO RELIEF then. NOW - on the first try of the Tummy Tamers my insides were smiling! Almost no gas or bloating or pain. Wow! I'm no longer afraid to eat. This product is a God-send. Thank you!
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Heather says:
Hi, Curtis!

I'm so glad to hear the Tummy Tamers worked for you! However, I noticed you were less than satisfied with our customer service. Please let me know what problems you encountered and I'd be happy to work to make sure you don't experience these problems in the future.

Best regards,

Joanna Robinson

Heather's Tummy Care Representative

333 Product1557 Veronica from Edmonton, AB
Purchased on 4/5/2012
Reviewed on 5/19/2012
Quite happy with service and products
Have been using recipes from your book.Found the info.on how,what and when to eat certain food very helpful.I am having less flare-ups. Peppermint Caps are a blessing.No need to take prescription med.to calm my bowels. I have a problem with Acacia fibre even when I take the minimum dosage.My head hurts and my blood pressure gets a bit elevated.I tried it twice and had the same feeling.I know the fibre is good and I want to take it.I get the same reaction if I take multivitamin or some supplements. Thanks for your help Heather.
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Heather says:
Hi Veronica - you should definitely not get a headache or a change in blood pressure from the Tummy Fiber. It sounds like you may be allergic to it. Since you have the same problem with vitamins and other supplements, check the ingredients for those and see if they contain acacia as well (also known as gum arabic). It's unusual to be allergic to gums but certainly not impossible. If there's any chance of an allergy I certainly don't want you to continue with the Tummy Fiber, so please return that product for a full refund.

Best,
Heather

55555 Product1546 Bente Deutch from risskov,
Purchased on 4/3/2012
Reviewed on 5/17/2012
I have used the peppermint capsules for several years and they give me calmer nights, however the mornings still very irritating with many bathrooms visits, iboug ht the acacia fiber long ago but only started 2 months and found miraculous improvements of
acacia is easy to take,a teaspoon in orange every morning, tastless and very soothing, the coated capsules have a delayed effect thus I also taste danis uncoated pepermint capsule for calming within ½-1 hour. tha book was ingeneral not usefull to me because the between amerincan diet and products.However I was happy to find that you agree with my own findings that rough, insoluble fibres and husk are not helpping, I had to stop all breads with fibres. i also found that jelly containing food and alge are good
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55555 Product1544 William from West Des Moines, IA
Purchased on 3/17/2012
Reviewed on 5/15/2012
very satisified with all the products
I have been sick and mostly in bed for 2 yrs with IBS, I also have Fibromyalgia which is well under control. The IBS has sent me to the ER at least once every 2 months for the last 2 years. I was to the point that I just wanted to give up. So when we came across your site and products we thought why not. With in a week I was almost pain free, I have had a couple of flairs, but I just eat bread and drink water for a day and am usually back on track. My only concerns is with the recipes in the book, I was a little disappointed, I guess because I am a little more down to earth eater, and was hoping for maybe more normal food recipes, but all in all am very happy with the program and the results. I am so much better, taking no meds that the stomach drs. had given me. I feel so much better. Thank you
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Heather says:
Hi William - Thank you so much for your kind comments! I am thrilled to hear that you are feeling better. That is wonderful.

With Eating for IBS, I tried to include a very wide range of recipes in the book - some are fancy enough for holiday dinner parties but many are fast and easy for quick meals. If there are specific ingredients you don't like you can probably simply omit them.

If you give me an idea of what kind of cooking you're looking for I can also suggest specific recipes in the book for you that would be fast, easy, inexpensive, and simple.

If you lean towards fast and easy, traditional, all-American recipes you might also prefer the recipes in the Heather Cooks! DVD with recipe cards here http://www.helpforibs.com/shop/books/hcooks.asp .

You can find tons of recipes on our site as well: http://www.helpforibs.com/diet/recipes.asp

Best,
Heather

4444 Product1523 Brenda from Georgetown, TX
Purchased on 4/2/2012
Reviewed on 5/10/2012
The fiber is very good the diet is the key to feel better
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55555 Product1491 Melody from Anderson Island, WA
Purchased on 4/13/2012
Reviewed on 5/4/2012
Everything seems to be working great. With the fiber, I use twice daily, capsules, not so much.
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55555 Product1483 Shirley from Longmont, CO
Purchased on 4/12/2012
Reviewed on 5/3/2012
Your info and products are very impressive and work fabulously
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55555 Product1474 Deanna from Novi, MI
Purchased on 4/11/2012
Reviewed on 5/2/2012
Perfect transaction
I am thrilled to say that the Fennel Tea has given me significant relief from my bloating and pain! Thanks so much! Deanna
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55555 Product1470 Nita from Lakeland, FL
Purchased on 4/6/2012
Reviewed on 5/1/2012
I have found these products very helpful, plus the teas are very good.
I was left high and dry by the Drs and I feel like you and your info and products have been extremely helpful. Thanks.
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55555 Product1472 Charles from orlando, FL
Purchased on 4/10/2012
Reviewed on 5/1/2012
awesome
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4444 Product1459 Inez from Newport News, VA
Purchased on 3/23/2012
Reviewed on 4/30/2012
This has made an amazing difference as I am learning what I can eat and not eat to eliminate the diarhea.
Had to cut back on the Acacia fiber to once a day, as it was causing nausau. Once a day seems to be best at this time.
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55555 Product1460 James from Kyle, TX
Purchased on 4/9/2012
Reviewed on 4/30/2012
Awesome products & customer service!
The combiantion of diet and soluble fiber powder regimen initiates a quantifiable and immediate difference in the quality of one's life. Relief is immediate and lasting. I can now return to a normal schedule and predict when I will need to utilize restroom facilities. This is a great relief to me!
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55555 Product1448 Lisa from Wahoo, NE
Purchased on 4/6/2012
Reviewed on 4/27/2012
Diet Kit #2
I ordered this diet kit and my credit card was charged soon after, however, it took much longer than I thought for it to be delivered. The tummy fiber is absolutely wonderful, it makes such a difference. I take it in the mornings before I eat, and in the evenings before I go to bed. The peppermint capsules are great too, but they bother my reflux if it is acting up. The book is great information all in one place, and the recipes are easy and delicious. You have helped me so much.
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Heather says: Feedback Rating
Hi, Lisa!

Thank you for your positive feedback. I'm glad to hear our products are working for you! However, I'm sorry to hear your were disappointed with our speed of delivery. It looks like you placed your order on Friday, April 6th and, as we always ship next business, your order didn't ship until Monday, April 9th. Once orders ship, they should arrive within 2 to 5 business days. It looks like your order was delivered on Thursday, April 12th. Please, let me know if this is inaccurate and I would be glad to look into this further.

Best regards,

Joanna Robinson

Heather's Tummy Care Representative

55555 Product1451 Lyn from Sun Valley, CA
Purchased on 4/6/2012
Reviewed on 4/27/2012
So happy for the candid information in Eating For IBS.
I'm not even totally sure I have IBS, because none of the doctors/procedures/tests have been able to find anything wrong with me. My internist finally did suggest to my husband, when he went to his last visit, that maybe I have IBS. Since doctors haven't been any help with any of my health issues, I've been treating individual symptoms. So, my digestion problems are now the object of my research. I love your book, with the indepth solutions, and we've loved the recipes we have tried. Even my husband, who has no issues, is enjoying the new way of eating. I figure if IBS isn't my problem, this is still a healthy way of eating...win...win!
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55555 Product1453 Mary from Laguna Niguel, CA
Purchased on 4/6/2012
Reviewed on 4/27/2012
I have only started the peppermint caps and followed some diet guidelines. Amazing results!!!
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55555 Product1434 Robert from Patterson, NY
Purchased on 4/4/2012
Reviewed on 4/25/2012
Great product
Does help with my IBS. Solubul fiber works as described and Peppermint tea is better than expected. It does take some practice to use the peppermint pills but that's why you need to read the label.
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22 Product1440 Carol from brighton, MA
Purchased on 4/4/2012
Reviewed on 4/25/2012
After taking for 2 wqeeks I notice only a slight difference
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Heather says:
Hi Carol - thank you very much for your feedback. It is not at all uncommon to need more than two weeks to see major improvements, especially if constipation is an issue.

For the Tummy Fiber Acacia to work properly, it's crucial that you start with a low dose (1/2 teaspoon twice daily) and gradually increase to a dose high enough to resolve constipation (which may be 4-5 tablespoons a day). If you got gas or bloating, that would mean you increased your dose too quickly. It can take several weeks to gradually increase up to the dose you'd likely need to resolve constipation, and unfortunately you can't rush this. Tummy Fiber is not a drug or a laxative so it won't work overnight.

I really feel for the constipation folks, as it takes some patience to start slowly, increase gradually, and eventually get your daily dose up high enough to resolve symptoms. A lower dose can't worsen constipation, but it won't resolve it, either. You may want to start over following these directions and see if you have better luck.

For the Tummy Tamers, if you have been using just one capsule a day go ahead and increase that to two or three capsules per day. That should help prevent pain, spasms, and cramps.

If you remain unhappy with any products at all, please feel free to return them at any time.

Please let me know if you have any other issues at all.

Best,
Heather

1 Product1428 Jill from Rockford, IL
Purchased on 4/1/2012
Reviewed on 4/23/2012
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Tummy Fiber made constipation worse. Unsatisfied with recipes/diet recommendations due to content of sugar and white flour.
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Heather says:
Hi Jill - thank you very much for your feedback. I have some suggestions that may help you.

For the Tummy Fiber Acacia to work properly, it's crucial that you start with a low dose (1/2 teaspoon twice daily) and gradually increase to a dose high enough to resolve constipation (which may be 4-5 Tablespoons a day). If you got gas or bloating, that would mean you increased your dose too quickly. It can take several weeks to gradually increase up to the dose you'd likely need to resolve constipation, and unfortunately you can't rush this. Tummy Fiber is not a drug or a laxative so it won't work overnight.

I really feel for the constipation folks, as it takes some patience to start slowly, increase gradually, and eventually get your daily dose up high enough to resolve symptoms. A lower dose can't worsen constipation, but it won't resolve it, either. You may want to start over following these directions and see if you have better luck.

It's also help to review the Five Constipation Frustrations here http://www.helpforibs.com/news/newsletter/060705.html#askheather and, if you've been using laxatives, information on transitioning off them here http://www.helpforibs.com/news/newsletter/06/082206.html#askheather

You can certainly eliminate sugar from your diet without affecting IBS one way or another. Sugar is not an IBS trigger, so I try to give people safe dessert recipes so they have a fun way to splurge without getting sick. But you can avoid it altogether if you wish.

White flour is trickier. Whole wheat flour contains wheat bran, which is insoluble fiber and a huge IBS trigger. For baking, white flour is the best and safest choice for IBS It has all the soluble fiber of whole wheat flour but none of the insoluble fiber. If you want to avoid it you can, but be cautious with whole wheat flour. If you're trying to focus on low glycemic and whole food soluble fiber staples, choose brown rice, oatmeal, buckwheat (soba) noodles, corn meal (polenta), quinoa, and barley - the whole grains that are safest for IBS - plus root vegetables.

Please let me know if this is helpful. If you remain unhappy with any products you are welcome to return them at any time.

Best,
Heather

55555 Product1407 Diane from Waterford, WI
Purchased on 3/31/2012
Reviewed on 4/21/2012
Really helps my lactose problem
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