Earlier in the year if you’d asked me what I wanted for Christmas, my answer would have been immediate: “I want my intestines to stop hating me.”
In case you haven’t read my previous posts on the subject, from roughly February through mid-summer, my gut rebelled against me in the most unpleasant of ways. I won’t force you to relive the details with me, but you can read about them here and here if you’re dying to know. The gist is that I spent waaaay too much time in the bathroom, culminating in a colonoscopy and my doctor saying, “I don’t know. It’s probably IBS.”
Lovely. Thanks for the clear diagnosis.
It was in July that I was first introduced to VSL#3, a high-potency probiotic medical food that’s clinically proven to help manage irritable bowel syndrome. I’d tried other probiotics without much relief, but because VSL#3 is specially formulated with eight strains of live lactic acid bacteria and is 10 times more potent than the average probiotic, I figured I’d give it a shot, especially since it’s the first choice for many doctors given its proven track record for helping patients with the serious digestive conditions of IBS, UC and ileal pouch.
After a three-week test drive, I was pleasantly surprised by the results. While my symptoms hadn’t diminished completely, they were much more manageable, and I was looking forward to continuing to add VSL#3 into my daily routine.
Flash forward a few more months, and I’m still faithfully taking VSL#3 every single day. In fact, I recently switched from the capsules to the VSL#3® unflavored packets because they contain even more gut-friendly bacteria – 450 billion per packet, to be precise – and they’ve been clinically demonstrated to reduce bloating and gassiness in patients with IBS. And let’s be real, what IBS patient wouldn’t love being a little less bloated and gassy, am I right?
How to use VSL#3 unflavored packets
Plus, the packets are super easy to take. All you have to do is mix a single packet with the cold, uncarbonated beverage of your choice. Typically I use water (the packets really are flavorless, so they mix well with everything!), and the process couldn’t be easier! In fact, I made a video to demonstrate just how easy it is to #ShakeItUpWithVSL3:
So if you’re looking for a way to manage your IBS symptoms this holiday season (or any time of year, really), talk to your doctor about whether VSL#3 is right for you.
Oh, and good news, if your doctor says, “yes,” you can now take part in VSL#3’s new Patient Savings Program. Just print out this VSL#3 Patient Savings Card and bring it to your pharmacist, along with a prescription from your healthcare provider, to save up to $80 each month on your purchase of VSL#3 unflavored packets or VSL#3 DS. This is the largest savings ever offered for both VSL#3 and VSL#3 DS. Visit here for more information, and talk with your healthcare provider today to take part in the savings program!
For more information on VSL#3, please visit www.vsl3.com, and to purchase VSL#3, visit http://vsl3.com/pharmacy-locator/ to find VSL#3 in a local pharmacy near you, or order it online at https://shop.vsl3.com/vsl3-c2.aspx.
You can also join VSL#3 on Facebook for giveaways and exclusive offers, and you can find delicious, IBS-friendly recipes at http://www.vsl3.com/discover/ibs-friendly-recipes/.
To bring this article full circle, now when people ask me what I want for Christmas, I don’t have to say I want my gut to stop hating me. Now I can ask for what I really want: A pony.
VSL#3® is a high-potency probiotic medical food that’s clinically proven in the dietary management of IBS, ulcerative colitis, and ileal pouch. To learn more visit www.vsl3.com and LIKE the brand on Facebook.
This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. VSL#3 is a high-potency probiotic medical food for the dietary management of IBS, UC and ileal pouch and must be used under medical supervision. Please speak with your healthcare provider for any specific questions. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.