Today, her ground-breaking book Eating for IBS celebrates more than 10 years as a best seller on special diet lists and over 250,000 copies sold worldwide. Save Seattle, WA — ( SBWIRE ) — 01/01/2013 — If youre new to the dietary management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, learning what you can and cant eat without triggering painful symptoms used to be an even more painful process. Then the book Eating for IBS confirmed what every IBS sufferer instinctively knew: diet plays a direct role in gut function, and the abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and bloating from Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be directly controlled through diet. The Eating for IBS diet makes the difference between living a normal, happy, outgoing life versus spending every day stuck in the bathroom enduring pain, bowel dysfunction, and misery. Contrary to what many IBS patients and even doctors still believe, eating for IBS does not mean deprivation, never going to restaurants, boring food, or a limited and therefore unhealthy diet. It does mean learning to eat safely by realizing how different foods physically affect the GI tract, and how foods can help or hurt both diarrhea AND constipation, as well as abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and nausea. Foods can either prevent or trigger IBS symptoms. For example: – There are two kinds of fiber…one soothes the colon and regulates gut function but the other can cause severe IBS attacks – Dairy is a common trigger…even in people who are not lactose intolerant – Peppermint and fennel can prevent pain, spasms, and bloating better than some drugs – Bland foods are not automatically safe foods – How you eat for IBS is just as important as what you eat for IBS With Eating for IBS, Heather Van Vorous, who has suffered from IBS since childhood and gradually learned to control her symptoms through dietary modifications, offered sympathetic information tailored specifically to the needs of IBS sufferers. She provided a comprehensive overview of IBS, explicit eating and cooking strategies, travel and restaurant advice, daily menus, supermarket ideas, and 175 delicious IBS-friendly recipes. How delicious could those recipes be? Eating for IBS was a finalist for the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Health and Special Diet Award – also known as the “Julia Child” award, and it led to the Seattle television show Heather Cooks! IBS sufferers have been thrilled to discover they can enjoy traditional homestyle cooking, ethnic foods, rich desserts, snacks, and party foods – and don’t have to cook unusual or special meals for themselves while their families follow a “normal” diet. Eating for IBS forever revolutionized the way people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome eat – and live. Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects up to 20% of the population and symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating and gas can either be triggered or prevented through diet.
Are Your Bowels Irritable? It’s IBS Awareness Month
Fifty million Americans with Irritable Bowel Syndrome know exactly how this feels, but odds are they don’t know how much help is available. This April marks the 17th annual IBS Awareness Month, publicizing a condition so prevalent that, though rarely talked about, is the leading cause of worker absenteeism after the common cold. IBS is a physical brain-gut dysfunction characterized by recurring abdominal pain in association with constipation, diarrhea, or both. More than 20% of Americans suffer from IBS, which affects more women than men. The cause of IBS remains unknown. For too long, IBS sufferers were dismissed by physicians, ignored by researchers, and left to suffer in silence. In recent years this situation has changed dramatically, with a rising awareness of the profound differences lifestyle modifications can make. As part of IBS Awareness Month, the patient self-help organization HelpForIBS.com now celebrates over a decade of providing information, support, and immediate tangible help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers. If you have IBS, you are not alone, says HelpForIBS.com founder and best-selling author of Eating for IBS, Heather Van Vorous. Living with IBS doesnt mean living in misery. There are numerous strategies people can use to prevent all IBS symptoms, and a happy healthy lifestyle is absolutely possible. Though IBS is often portrayed as the punch line to a joke, its no laughing matter. People with IBS need to hear that their suffering is completely unnecessary. Though IBS patients report using nearly 300 different types of prescription and over-the-counter medications in attempts to find relief, many are now discovering (and research studies are supporting) that non-drug approaches to the disorder are far more effective and safer. Specifically, patients find success with: – the groundbreaking IBS dietary guidelines and recipes from the book Eating for IBS, a best-seller for over a decade that has set the American IBS diet standards – organic medical foods such as Heathers Tummy Care products, which are keyed to specific IBS symptoms, including: prebiotic acacia senegal soluble fiber for diarrhea or constipation; enteric coated peppermint & fennel oil capsules for pain and bloating, recommended by Dr. Oz; and high volatile oil medicinal strength fennel and peppermint teas for bloating, gas, and pain. – gut-directed hypnotherapy, an approach IBS researchers have actually called a cure – emotional support via IBS communities such as the HelpForIBS.com message boards and Facebook group Self-help management for IBS has proven so successful that physicians and dietitians are embracing these approaches, and referring patients to resources such as HelpForIBS.com.