Over the past year or so I have suffered with symptoms similar to IBS. These symptoms include intermittent bouts of bloating and pain and often leave me feeling run down and irritable.
When I say bloating, I don’t mean the kind of bloating you get after an all you can eat buffet. I mean eating a snack and feeling like you’ve had three courses, its debilitating.
I’m fully aware that the symptoms I am experiencing are somewhat self-inflicted. I can often be found drinking fizzy full sugar drinks and eating convenience food and I regularly forgo rest for working. These habits, alongside high stress levels, have cost me my health over recent months. It wasn’t until recently that I mustered the willpower to do anything about it.
When the opportunity arose to trial the VSL#3 Poly-Biotic Food Supplement I was keen to discover if a supplement would benefit my journey back to reasonable health. VSL#3 contains 450 billion good bacteria from 8 different strains in every sachet. This is more strains and bacteria than leading brands such as Actimel and Symprove.
The bacteria in VSL#3 is freeze-dried which means it only ‘wakes up’ in your gut, where they help to maintain the balance of the body’s natural bacteria, forming a protective barrier and also aiding digestion of certain foods. It’s also gluten, lactose and soya free.
Each daily dose of VSL#3 comes in sachet form and although the food supplement should be stored in a fridge, it can be kept at room temperature for up to 7 days, making the sachet’s really handy for popping in your handbag if you are away from home.
I was not expecting miracles, and knew that supplements such as VSL#3 can have varied results. I’m pleased to report that by the end of my month’s trial of VSL#3 I had begun to notice improvements. Both in the level of bloating I was suffering from and in the pain that came with it.
I feel taking VSL#3 alongside a (greatly improved) healthy diet has really helped to alleviate the IBS like symptoms I was suffering from. I’m hoping to introduce the food supplement to Theo’s diet in the future in the hope of it benefiting him in a similar way.
VSL#3 is available to purchase here. 10 sachet’s costs just £14.95, what are you waiting for?
Are you looking to improve your gut health? Which symptoms do you suffer from the most? Let me know below.