Heather Von Vorous had her first IBS attack when she was only nine years old. She went to see a pediatrician and then several doctors thereafter kept misdiagnosing and improperly testing her. She was finally diagnosed with IBS twenty years later. Heather has written a couple books and in 2003 she founded the Heather’s Tummy Care line of organic medical foods for the dietary management of IBS symptoms. Today’s Dietitian has featured her IBS dietary guidelines, and she regularly exhibits at the international Digestive Disease Week conference to reach gastroenterologists and internists.
Heather’s Tummy Care currently offers extensive information, products and services for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Heather’s company “is committed to caring for the environment and society.” Her facility is organic and certified with cruelty-free organic certified products in re-fillable / re-useable containers. They do not use pesticides, synthetic or sewage fertilizers, herbicides, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), preservatives, chemical additives, irradiation or animal testing.
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I used Heather’s Tummy Teas the week before I went away to Nicaragua and have to say they were very soothing and calming. I believe they also helped to “tame” my stomach leading up to my trip.
Instead of using these teas only after you have symptoms from IBS, I recommend using them on a daily basis after every meal and definitely after dinner. If your days are usually very stressful, you may want to consider having the tea during the day, and taking out a couple of minutes for yourself to sit and slowly sip Heather’s Tummy Teas.
Peppermint is great for people with IBS and other digestive issues. It is classified as a carminative herb which means it helps to tone the digestive tract and relax the surrounding muscles to eliminate gas. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Peppermint “relaxes the muscles that allow painful digestive gas to pass,” and in test tubes “peppermint kills some types of bacteria, fungus, and viruses, suggesting it may have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.” Heather describes peppermint as “a cooling, calming herb that, through dietary management, helps relieve the symptoms of IBS.” She notes that “clinical studies have shown that peppermint is exceptionally beneficial for IBS abdominal pain and spasms, diarrhea, and urgency (it will not cause or worsen constipation).”
More Information about Heather’s Tummy Tea™ ~ Organic Peppermint is unique because it is specially formulated to contain a very large leaf size and the highest possible volatile oil content (both factors are integral to the quality and potency of peppermint). We carefully select our peppermint from the most recent possible harvest date, it is processed for minimal volatile oil dissipation, and it is packed to stay as fresh as possible. It is the volatile oils in peppermint that make it so effective for the dietary management of IBS symptoms. Menthol and methyl salicylate are the main active ingredients of peppermint. Internally, they have anti-spasmodic actions, with calming effects on the muscles of the stomach, intestinal tract, and uterus. They also have powerful analgesic (pain-killing) properties.
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