In my last post about my gut health issues I mentioned I’m taking IBgard and FDgard which were both recommended by my gastroenterologist, and that my IBS & gut health symptoms dramatically improved taking those before every meal.
I love that the IB/FDgard are all natural, they’re simply peppermint oil supplements – but they WORK.
I spoke too soon though…
I had my first normal bowel movement in over FOUR months the morning after I wrote that post, and for 3 days straight now… and haven’t taken the laxative at all for over a week.
I also ate cauliflower twice over the weekend… with NO adverse effects.
ANY vegetable usually put me back in gut-wrenching pain for DAYS. Eating vegetables usually results in immediate hiccups, indigestion & acid reflux followed by abdominal pain and intestinal spasms.
But this time: no symptoms, no suffering – at all. ?
My guts are back on track!!
I got samples of both the IBgard and FDgard from my doctor, and when they worked so well the FIRST time I took them, I ordered more on Amazon. He told me that was the cheapest place to get them:
FDgard – for upper digestive/stomach issues (indigestion, acid, etc)
IBgard – for lower digestive/intestinal issues (IBS, constipation, diarrhea, etc)
That stuff is like magic!!!
It took almost a week to fully kick in, although the symptoms were immediately better with first use, but wow… my guts actually feel normal today! ?❣
I’m ecstatic!! lol. What a RELIEF.
I’m taking them both. I highly recommend them if you have ANY kind of digestive issues or IBS – because IBS is absolutely miserable and totally takes over your life…
I love that it’s all natural too, it’s just a peppermint oil supplement, but it works SO well.
I felt SO good yesterday that I got outside and played with my new water toy (a pressure washer, lol) and worked for FIVE FULL HOURS washing decks and different areas of the house.
That was an amazing full-body workout! ?
Up until now, since I got sick four months ago, it’s been hard to do any exercise or anything physical at all really, because my entire CORE was so sensitive and sometimes in terrible pain.
In the beginning, the inflammation and spasms in my guts were so bad it hurt just to TOUCH my abdomen – and you could literally see it moving (the spasms) from the outside, like a freaky X-files episode lol. Ugh ?
I was able to alleviate that excruciating pain using MCT Oil, which is a natural anti-inflammatory for the digestive system – among many other great health benefits! But I wasn’t able to totally get past the IBS and abdominal bloating & discomfort – until I started taking the IBgard regularly.
I cannot tell you how GREAT it feels… to FEEL great!
My hope is that my story proves a shortcut for others suffering, at least where to start and what to try. ?
A total elimination diet is ideal to start collecting real data about what’s going on in YOUR body. Start with plain meats, and add in one new food at a time every 4-6 days. It takes ~72 hours to fully digest any foods you eat, so you want to fully monitor the results of one single food at a time so you KNOW what affects you – and how.
Logging details about your symptoms and timelines, what causes digestive flare-ups, what you’ve tried and the results, etc is VERY helpful if you ever find yourself needing to seek the help of a specialist.
Oh – and my lab results came back!
Everything looks great, all tests for possible infections/conditions came back negative, my organs are in good shape (whew!), and I have my next appointment on Friday morning with the gastroenterologist on Friday morning as a follow-up.
I’ll let you know what he says, but I have a feeling he’ll simply say to continue taking the IBgard and FDgard and continue adding foods back in one at a time to test what I can (or can’t) eat now that the worst of it is over.
Which is all GOOD news! ?
Thank you again for your support, well wishes, all your notes, positive thoughts & prayers – and just being here with & for me through it all. ?
p.s. I’m off to get my nails done, AGAIN. The collagen has been a great gut health supplement, but it’s really going to keep my hairdresser and nail guy BUSY. ?
It’s amazing how fast my hair & nails are growing again, which makes me smile about what the collagen must be doing for my insides. ?
It’s great for hair, skin & nails (skin elasticity, even) but also for joints, gut health, your brain, etc. Our bodies are made up of SO much collagen and we start losing it rapidly as we age – which is why we get joint aches, wrinkles, etc.
I’m using the Unflavored Collagen Powder, MCT C8/C10 Oil & collagen keto bars – plus the portable collagen packets when I travel shown below, but I use the tubs at home – all from Perfect Keto. My coupon is LOWCARBTRAVELER for our discount there.
I tried another collagen powder but it was funky/salty and RUINED my coffee. Perfect Keto has great prices and high quality products, so that’s the one I ended up sticking with for collagen & mct oil.
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