Struggling with IBS or ulcerative colitis? Get some support for your digestive health with VSL#3, a high-potency probiotic medical food
Some of you may know from past posts that I struggle with digestive issues like IBS and have dealt with that for well over 20 years. Fortunately I’ve been able to manage it pretty well lately with a mostly low-FODMAP diet, supplements, and probiotics.
Personally I get tired of taking pills. I take supplements all the time and pills don’t always feel great. I have a narrowing of my esophagus along with GERD that gets worse when I have eaten anything that I’m intolerant or allergic to, so sometimes taking pills is not always pleasant.
Since it’s nice to have other options for supplements and probiotics to try that aren’t pill form, I was pretty excited to get some of the unflavored powder probiotic packets from VSL#3. I’ve worked with VSL#3 in the past, and have used their high-potency probiotic capsules before, so I was looking forward to using the powder!
The powder is super easy to mix into any cold, non-carbonated beverage with the blender bottle. The wire whisk ball helps to distribute the powder evenly in your drink and you can even mix it up and take it with you while you work or run errands. I like mixing mine with water and Stevia water drops – no sugar!
VSL#3 is a high-potency probiotic medical food that has been clinically proven to help manage symptoms of IBS, ulcerative colitis, and ileal pouch. The powder packets have 450 billion CFUs of 8 different strains of live lactic acid bacteria, so it’s very effective.
Sensitive to dairy? No problem! VSL#3 recently completely removed any trace of dairy from their products making it one of the few completely dairy-free probiotic supplements designed for IBS and UC sufferers. Dairy-free means my tummy will stay happy 🙂
Want to buy some of your own? VSL#3 is kept refrigerated behind the pharmacy counter to maintain potency, so just talk to your pharmacist about buying it. Check out the pharmacy locator to find it near you, or order it online directly from their website.
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist