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January 22, 2013 ~ Scroll down for full newsletter or follow the links:

Ask Heather » Antibiotics for IBS? Prebiotics vs Probiotics? Part One!

IBS Recipe » Probiotic Peachy Go Bananas Smoothie

News & Research » FDA Approves Drug for IBS Constipation

Special Letter » In the Bathroom for 10 Hours Straight? She's Out Now!

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Probiotic Peachy Go Bananas Smoothie

This IBS-friendly smoothie is a delicious way to get prebiotics, probiotics, and soluble fiber all at once! Enjoy a gorgeous, colorful, tangy-sweet smoothie that's good for breakfast, snacks, and even dessert!

Makes 2 Servings (easily doubled)

2/3 c. vanilla soy or rice yogurt with live cultures
2 teaspoons Acacia Tummy Fiber
1 tablespoon honey
1 c. frozen peaches, very slightly thawed
1 medium firm-ripe banana

Stir together the yogurt and Tummy Fiber. Add to all other ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until very smooth. Serve immediately.

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divider In the Bathroom for 10 Hours Straight?! Yep, But She's Out Now!


I was diagnosed by my doctor in early August. Definitely IBS, definitely no clue on what to recommend. "Eat more fiber, drink protein shakes". I made the shakes with whey protein and all kinds of other junk in it and spent the next 4 hours in the bathroom. The attack was violent and instantaneous with explosive liquid diarrhea. Scratch that idea. Doctor said, see a gastroenterologist. Fat Chance.

Long story short, I ordered the Tummy Fiber Acacia from you. Small doses were helping just a little but then I got a bladder infection (something I have found in my research is common for IBS sufferers). I drank some concentrated cranberry juice with baking soda and that put me in the bathroom for 10 hours straight. I could barely stand up.

Went to my neighborhood Food Cooperative which sells your products. Bought the Peppermint Tummy Tea. I hate tea, hate it. However with some honey added this was palatable. I am proud to say that 4 days later I am symptom free, eating intelligently but not too strictly and had my first solid elimination in weeks.

The bloating stopped with the Tummy Fiber and the Peppermint Tummy Tea put it over the top to stop the runs. I stabilized with two heaping tablespoons of Tummy Fiber twice a day. I can't believe it.

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Thank you so much, Jeannie!! I am thrilled to hear you are doing so much better. And I'm happy to know you had a store near you with Tummy Care available! ~ Heather

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divider FDA Approves Drug for IBS Constipation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat chronic idiopathic constipation and to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in adults.

It is NOT to be used by anyone with diarrhea. It is NOT to be used by people under age 18. The impact of age and gender on the safety and efficacy has NOT been established.

It is approved with a Boxed Warning to alert patients and health care professionals that the drug should not be used in patients 17 years of age and younger. The most common side effect reported in during the clinical studies was diarrhea.

View the full FDA press release information page. For patients who wish to avoid drugs for IBS, are there safer alternatives?

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There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding antibiotics and IBS. Many people with IBS have had bad experiences with antibiotics of all kinds. The drugs often cause GI side effects and can make all IBS symptoms much worse.

But lately, there has been a flurry of news and research suggesting that a specific antibiotic might actually help IBS. And probiotics are definitely known to help IBS. But what are prebiotics?

Just what the heck are all these 'biotics 'bout, anyways? Let's find out...

Part One: Antibiotics and IBS - Bad Guys First!

Traditionally, broad-spectrum antibiotics (prescribed for all kinds of infections, to children and adults alike) often cause mild to severe gastrointestinal side effects, even for people who don't have IBS. This is because those drugs not only kill the bacteria causing the infection you're treating, but antibiotics also kill the friendly bacteria, called "flora", that live in your intestines.

These friendly bacteria are also called probiotics. A prebiotic is a supplement, usually a soluble fiber, that encourages the growth of probiotics, or healthy flora, in the gut.

These friendly flora normally regulate the consistency of stools and help with digestion. There is a growing mountain of research that this gut flora is actually of critical importance not just for bowel health, but overall disease resistance as well.

If you have to take an antibiotic for an infection, one of the simplest steps to take is to ask your doctor for the most "digestion-friendly" antibiotic suitable for you. Then make sure you're taking the medication with a meal, and never on an empty stomach (check the prescription label or with your pharmacist to make sure this is allowed). (Typically, it's actually required that antibiotics are taken with food.)

This will help prevent some of the immediate GI side effects, such as nausea and even vomiting, that many people see with antibiotics. You might also ask your doctor or pharmacist if inhalant antibiotics are an option. These can be much easier on your gut than oral versions.

Another helpful tip is to eat several daily servings of soy, rice, or almond yogurt labeled as having "live cultures." The healthy flora in the yogurt will help replace the natural gut flora that is being wiped out by the antibiotics. Make sure you choose a non-dairy yogurt, as the fat, casein, and whey in dairy can cause GI upsets as well. Keep up the non-dairy yogurt for at least two weeks after you stop taking the antibiotics. You could also use a dairy-free probiotic supplement instead of the yogurt.

It's also important to be extra careful to follow the IBS dietary guidelines. Keep your digestion stable by strictly limiting your fat intake and avoiding trigger foods. Just as critically, make sure that every meal and snack is based on soluble fiber foods like rice, pasta, oatmeal, or potatoes.

Another key strategy to help prevent and alleviate the GI side effects from antibiotics is to start taking (or gradually increase) a daily prebiotic soluble fiber supplement such as Acacia Tummy Fiber. This will help your body in several ways.

First, the soluble fiber will keep your gut muscle contractions stable and regulate bowel motility, so you can head off diarrhea, constipation, spasms, and cramping. Second, the prebiotic effect will encourage the growth of your body's healthy gut flora, which the antibiotics are wiping out. Maintaining or re-establishing the good bacteria in your gut is essential for normal bowel function during and after a course of antibiotics.

Finally, high volatile oil peppermint and fennel are very helpful herbs for immediate relief of the GI side effects of antibiotics. Try brewing Peppermint Tummy Tea for cramping and diarrhea, or Fennel Tummy Tea for bloating and gas.

With a combined arsenal of dietary changes, a prebiotic soluble fiber, and the helpful herbal teas, you should be able to either completely prevent or rapidly address the nasty GI side effects that are so typical of antibiotics. Before you know it you'll be done with the medication and successfully stable!

~ Heather

Coming next time we'll look at Part Two of our special series: Antibiotics and IBS - The Possible Good Guy! We'll cover Rifaximin, IBS, and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Did you miss our recent "Ask Heather" and the brain-gut attack of IBS?

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