Walnuts - 9 Incredible Health Benefits [Infographic]

Walnuts - 9 Incredible Health Benefits
Infographic from Healthy Hubb
Eat More Walnuts

There are so many really good reasons to include a variety of nuts in your diet.

The walnut, in particular, is nutrient dense and a rich source of important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, and other compounds essential to good health and healing as well as potentially preventing numerous chronic diseases and conditions.


Health Benefits

The various compounds contained in walnuts have been relatively well researched and studied in terms of health maintenance and disease prevention.

Some of the human health benefits associated with consumption of walnuts are illustrated and described in this infographic from Healthy Hubb.


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Infographic source and for more information on this topic as well as the latest health and wellness news, please visit 9 Incredible Health Benefits of Walnuts - Healthy Hubb.


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IBgard - Rapid, Effective Relief for IBS Symptoms - a Patient Expert Review

IBgard ® an over-the-counter medical
food for relief of symptoms of
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

My Story

I had previously contracted a particularly nasty pathogenic bacteria called Clostridium Difficile (C-diff).  I was one of the unfortunate 20-30% of people who got recurrent C-diff infections (CDI).

The recurrent CDIs eventually led to a sundry of other gastrointestinal (GI) problems including a persistent and severe case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

The subtype of IBS that I suffer with is IBS-D or Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea.

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?



My IBS-D Symptoms

The symptoms of IBS-D that I experienced, on a daily basis, for over 10 months were:
Bristol Stool Form Scale / Chart used to Assess/Diagnose
 IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)


  • Painful cramps in my lower abdomen, which usually preceded a bowel movement
  • Abdominal discomfort, bloating and swelling
  • Sudden and urgent need to move bowels 
  • Sense of incomplete evacuation
  • Abnormally frequent bowel movements, usually six to ten a day on "good" days, more on "bad" days
  • Watery (entirely liquid) or very loose stools - number 6 oand 7 on the Bristol Stool Form Scale
  • Chronic dehydration
  • Undigested food in stool
  • Malnutrition
  • Occasional heartburn and nausea
  • Chronic insomnia
  • Chronic fatigue



Research & Experiments

The recurrent CDIs, subsequent IBS-D and other GI disorders completely changed my life.  For months on end, I was unable to even briefly leave the house, I couldn't sleep and I was chronically fatigued.  

Prior to this, I was already studying health and nutrition but after my first CDI, I turned my complete attention to researching and learning everything I could about healthy and abnormal gut function including  all the various gut and digestive diseases, disorders and conditions.  

For my IBS-D, I tried many of the recommended natural and alternative therapies, including diet and lifestyle modification, various dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals, etc.) and herbs.  While my ultimate goal was to heal my gut, I knew, based on my research that with IBS-D, that the more immediate goal is to address and control the diarrhea.



How I Learned about IBgard ®
IBgard® peppermint oil capsule for
IBS symptom relief

I first heard about IBgard while listening to an episode called "Understanding IBS" on VoiceAmerica. In the interview, one of the medical doctors, Dr. Paul Feuerstadt, MD, a gastroenterologist, mentioned that he uses IBgard ®  in some patients with IBS-D.

Thereafter, I looked it up and did my own research.
I found that IBgard® :

  • Is a medical food specially formulated for the dietary management of IBS
  • IBgard ® capsules contain individually triple-coated , sustained-release microspheres of Ultramen ®, an ultra-purified peppermint oil
  • Can help to normalize digestion of food and absorption of nutrients
  • Can help to manage symptoms of IBS including diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating
  • Can help to promote bacterial balance in the small intestine
For more detailed information, including IBS dietary and other management options, peppermint oil and  IBgard ® clincial data, FAQ and news, please visit IBgard (IM HealthScience ®).


My Personal Experience Trying  IBgard ®

IBgard ® an over-the-counter medical food
for relief of symptoms of
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Being desperate for some, any, relief from the diarrhea, I practically ran out to my local Walgreen's and purchased and began using IBgard ® immediately.  Honestly, based on my previous experience with other products, I wasn't expecting much.  But, to my surprise and utter delight, I experienced a significant relief from my symptoms about 28 hours later.  This reduction in symptoms included fewer bowel movements overall, less abdominal cramps and bloating.  About 48 hours after that, I had my first formed stool in months.

For about a week, I had to experiment with dosage and ultimately found my own, personal sweet spot at 4 capsules a day - 2 capsules before my main, large meal, and 1 capsule before two smaller meals.

I am also happy to report that I do not experience any side effects from using IBgard ®.

Although IBgard ® has not completely eliminated all my severe IBS-D symptoms, it has radically improved them in a very short amount of time.  I will continue to use it while I continue to research and learn about my multiple digestive disorders, hopefully, eventually succeeding at healing my gut.

In the meantime, IBgard ® has been a life-saver for me in terms of greatly improving the quality of my life.  I now have less stress about venturing out of the house, about absorbing nutrients, and chronic dehydration.

Disclaimer and Disclosure

Disclaimer:    

Nothing in this post or blog is intended or should be construed as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.   All content herein is for informational purposes only.  Specifically, this post reflects my own, personal experience with using IBgard ® which I decided to share in hopes of raising awareness of this product and its potential to help sufferers of IBS.

You should consult with and seek the advise of a physician or qualified healthcare professional before taking any supplements, herbs or over-the-counter medicine; modifying, restricting or altering your food, beverage or supplement intake; starting an exercise or diet program; or making any dietary, nutritional, exercise or lifestyle changes in order to determine it is right and advisable for your individual needs.

Disclosure:

I am an affiliate of Amazon.  Clicking on some of the pictures or links in this post and blog, may take you to the Amazon website.  If you complete a purchase on Amazon, I may receive a small commission.  

Specifically in regard to IBgard ®, I priced this product at my local Walgreens, CVS and on various websites online.  At the time of writing this post, Amazon offers IBgard ® as part of its "Subscribe & Save" program which allows you to save from 5-15%.  I have found this to be the best price at this time.

Also, coupons for IBgard ® are currently often being offered in local newspapers and a printable coupon is currently being offered on their website, IBgard.com - Special Offers.

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome ( IBS ) ?

IBS ( Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Statistics, Causes,
Triggers, Diet and Treatment
Infographic from Alphega-Pharmacy
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract (GI).

IBS is considered to be a digestive disorder and is characterized by a collection of symptoms, ranging in severity from mild (about 40% of cases), moderate (about 35% of cases), to severe (about 25% of cases).


Prevalence

In the United States, IBS is the most common disorder diagnosed by gastroenterologists (physicians who specialize in digestive disorders and diseases) and is estimated to account for up to 12% of total visits to primary care providers.

IBS is estimated to affect up to 20% of  the US and the UK adult population.   However, it is also estimated that a large percentage (as many as 75%) of individuals suffering from IBS go undiagnosed.

IBS appears to be more common in women than in men, with about 35-40% of IBS cases reported by males and 60-60% reported by females.


IBS Subtypes

The recently revised Rome III Diagnostic Criteria defines four IBS subtypes based on the predominant stool pattern (volume, consistency and frequency) in the patient:

  1. IBS with Constipation (IBS-C)
  2. IBS with Diarrhea (IBS-D)
  3. Mixed IBS (IBS-M)
  4. Unsubtyped IBS (insufficient abnormality of stool consistency to meet criteria for IBS-C, IBS-D, or IBS-M)
For more information on each of these subtypes and their clinical diagnosis, etc., please use the link above for the Rome III Diagnostic Criteria.




Symptoms Common to All Subtypes

Symptoms common to all IBS subtypes often occur with 90 minutes after eating, which is approximately the amount of time that it takes for food to reach the small intestine and generally include the following GI-related symptoms:

  • Pain or discomfort in the abdomen, usually occurring in the lower abdomen and described as a cramps or a cramp-like sensation, which is often relieved by or associated with a bowel movement
  • Bloated or swollen abdomen
  • Recurring diarrhea, constipation or a combination of both
  • In some individuals, whitish mucus in the stool
  • In some individuals, a feeling of an incomplete bowel movement
  • In some individuals, upper GI symptoms including heartburn and nausea
  • In some individuals, non-GI symptoms including headaches, urinary urgency/frequency, sexual dysfunction and sleep-related disturbances


Bristol Stool Form Scale / Chart
IBS-C  Bowel Symptoms

Symptoms specific to IBS-C include:

  • Delayed or infrequent bowel movements
  • Separate hard pellets or lumps or lumpy sausage shaped stools that are difficult to pass in at least 25% of the bowel movements - number 1 or 2 on the Bristol Stool Form Scale)
  • Watery or mushy stools account for less than 25% of bowel movements


IBS-D  Bowel Symptoms

Symptoms specific to IBS-D include:

  • An urgent need to move bowels
  • Abnormally frequent bowel movements
  • Watery (entirely liquid) or loose stools (fluffy pieces with ragged edges, mushy) in at least 25% of the bowel movements - number 6 or 7 on the Bristol Stool Form Scale
  • Hard, lumpy stools account for less than 25% of bowel movements
  • Undigested food in stool


IBS-M  Bowel Symptoms

IBS-M bowel symptoms alternate between IBS-D and IBS-C, with at least 25% of bowel movements being hard or lumpy (Bristol Stool Form Scale number 1 or 2) and at least 25% of bowel movements being loose, watery or mush (Bristol Stool Form Scale number 6 or 7).

Causes

The exact cause of IBS is not completely known or understood.  Possible factors include:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Intestinal (bacterial) infection
  • Trauma
  • Chronic stress 
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Disturbances in colonic motility (muscle contractions)
  • Disruptions in brain-gut communication
  • Food allergies or sensitivities
  • Yeast (Candida) overgrowth
  • Parasites
  • Gut microbiome imbalances
  • Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Leaky Gut 

Treatment

Treatment varies depending upon the IBS subtype, severity and other factors.  Treatment can include:
  • Prescription and OTC (Over the Counter) Drugs (anticholinergic and antispasmodic medications, anti-diarrheal agents, laxatives, anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications
  • Biotics (probiotics, prebiotics, antibiotics)
  • Dietary Modifications (elimination diet, FODMAPs, food combining, fiber supplementation)
  • Counseling (psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy)
  • Natural Remedies and Alternative Therapies (acupuncture, hypnosis, dietary supplements, herbs and essential oils)
  • Stress Management (meditation, relaxation training, yoga)
IBgard ® - Medicinal Food 
for Managementof IBS


IBgard REALLY Helped Me


I have suffered with IBS-D for a very long time, following a bacterial gut infection and complications therefrom.  After trying many of the treatments referred to above, with no measurable improvement in my symptoms, I tried IBgard ® and almost immediately experienced amazing results in the form of relief of symptoms that had been plaguing me daily.

IBgard is a medical food for the dietary management of IBS, available over the counter without a prescription on Amazon, or at Walgreens, CVS and other retailers.

Read about my personal experience and my review of IBgard®.



Infographic Source

Infographic source and for more information about IBS and other health related topics, please visit Alphega Pharmacy.


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Vitamin D Top 3 Health Benefits [Infographic]

Vitamin D Top 3 Health Benefits
Infographic from Health with a Bite of Science



What is Vitamin D

Vitamin D acts as a hormone and is thought to play an important role in many human body functions and systems including the vascular, digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems.

It also plays a role in bone and skin health, and in body weight management (including carbohydrate and fat metabolism).


Vitamin D and Health

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with many medical conditions and chronic diseases including bone loss, kidney disease, digestive issues, lung disorders, diabetes and and heart disease.


Heart Health

A growing number of studies point to Vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease.


Autoimmune Diseases

There are also number of recent studies indicating a link between Vitamin D deficiency and higher rates or autoimmune disorders and diseases including Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Type I Diabetes Mellitus and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) which include Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease.


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This infographic from Health with a Bite of Science summarizes three health benefits of Vitamin D.  To read the full article, please visit Top 3 Benefits of Vitamin D.


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