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Living with IBS

Digestive issues are no fun at all. I have lived with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for years and know how challenging it is to carry out the simplest of activities when you are suffering from intestinal problems. IBS is a painful, terrifying, and rather embarrassing condition I have struggled to cope with for a long time. My problems started around the time I turned 20 and at first, I thought it was just due to stress. I had repeated issues with constipation and diarrhea that made it difficult for me to enjoy myself with friends for extended periods of time. Shortly thereafter I found that controlling my stress helped a lot, but what worked best for me was “training” myself to be more regular. Unfortunately, up until now I haven’t been able to gain a level of control I’m comfortable with.

According to a Harris Poll* conducted on behalf of VSL#3, the following was found amongst 607 U.S. adults ages 18+ who have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis (UC) or ileal pouch, Nearly half of IBS, UC, ileal pouch sufferers (46%) believe all probiotics are pretty much the same, so it comes as no surprise when I find others like myself who suffer from IBS or UC.

In conjunction with dietary and lifestyle changes, taking a VSL#3 is optimal for my digestion. VSL#3 is a serious probiotic medical food. For more than 15 years, healthcare professionals have trusted VSL#3 for the dietary management of their patients who suffer from the serious digestive issues IBS, ulcerative colitis and ileal pouch.VSL#3 products include packets containing 450 billion bacteria and capsules containing 112.5 billion bacteria, which are available at your local pharmacy without a prescription. Please ask your pharmacist for VSL#3 as it is kept refrigerated behind the pharmacy counter. There is also VSL#3 Double Strength (DS) packets containing 900 billion live bacteria. Due to the potency of this formulation, VSL#3 DS is a prescription only medical food. VSL#3 is very powerful and not to be confused with an over the counter dietary supplement as it is 10 times more potent than the average probiotic and should be used under medical supervision. While you don’t need a prescription and can pick it up at your local pharmacy or online you should still let your healthcare professional know you are taking VSL#3.

As part of the VSL#3: The Journey Back campaign, I have received a sample of VSL#3 and will be sharing my experience with the world. After three weeks of taking VSL#3, I will share what I have gained. During this campaign I am looking forward to learning more about probiotics but above all, I am looking forward to potentially gaining a better quality of life with my IBS. Maintaining my intestinal health has become a priority in my life and my journey back to recovery has been long and arduous. Check back in to find out how VSL#3 worked for me.

Click here for more information on VSL#3, watch the video, or check them out online. You can also connect with the hashtag #VSL3TheJourneyBack on Facebook. Ask your health care professional for a VSL#3 Patient Savings Card and save up to $80 each month on your purchase of VSL#3 products; the largest savings ever offered for both VSL#3 and VSL#3 DS.

Visit https://www.vsl3ds.com?fb=1 for more information and talk with your healthcare provider today so you can take part in the savings program!

*Harris Poll conducted the GI Issues Survey on behalf of VSL#3. The survey was administered online within the United States between April 1 – 7, 2015 among 607 adult’s ages 18+ who have been diagnosed with a digestive or gastrointestinal condition, irritable bowel syndrome, or ulcerative colitis, ileal pouch (“sufferers”).

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.