It is no secret I have IBS (OK a bit of a secret…it’s not really something I like to advertise really). However, I’m writing about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) today because there is Something new for IBS: IBgard. If you are like me, and the millions who have IBS, you might want to give this a read…
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the intestines. It causes belly pain, cramping or bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome is a long-term problem, but treatment can help you manage your symptoms.– Source webmd
My definition of IBS: unreliable. embarrassing. anxiety-making. painful and an all-around-pain.
Here is a week in the life of Caroline:
Monday: Sure I’d love to go to your *insert event here*
Event day: Sorry, can’t attend. Sending regrets.**
**code for: my IBS triggered and I cannot leave the house. And I feel like I have no control over my body. And I’m completely embarrassed. And I’m missing out on the event I was looking forward to. Also, I feel guilty that I let you down.
My friends’ kid me that my IBS is like a thunderstorm. It rolls in quite uncontrollably. I think of more as Tsunami waves of destruction.
The special thing about my IBS is that there is a magic chain reaction and when I trigger…I trigger for days. Not only do I feel unwell…I can’t keep my nutrients…meaning I lose weight very quickly (also very tiring).
I’ve seen doctors, specialists, naturopaths, massage therapists, nutritionists. I am pretty educated on IBS which is why this new natural health product for IBS recently launched in Canada is of interest to me…
The first of its kind in Canada, non-prescription IBgard® uses an innovative targeted technology to deliver peppermint oil directly to the small intestine, where IBS sufferers need it most.
IBgard® capsules contain individually triple-coated, sustained-release, microspheres of Ultramen®, an ultra-purified peppermint oil. Peppermint oil and its principal component l- Menthol, has a history of effectiveness in IBS. However, until now, its targeted delivery to the lower gut has posed a challenge. Only IBgard® utilizes the breakthrough science of SST® (Site Specific Targeting) technology, to deliver microspheres of peppermint oil (in a solid state) to the lower gut.
In a recent study, IBgard:
- Reduced frequency and intensity of eight measured symptoms of IBS: abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating or distention, diarrhea, constipation, feeling of incomplete evacuation, urgency, pain at evacuation, and gas or mucus;
- Reduced abdominal pain or discomfort at 24 hours and four weeks;
- Is well tolerated with side effects comparable to placebo.
Where to buy IBgard
Look for the green packages of IBgard in the pharmacy section at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart (Quebec only), and Jean Coutu.
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Note: This post is brought to you in partnership with IBgard. Opinions are my own.