Recently I have noticed that more and more people are starting to understand the importance of gut health.
When your gut is unhealthy, it can cause stomach pain, gas, bloating, or diarrhea. Because 60-80% of our immune system is located in our gut, gut imbalances have been linked to so many issues such as hormonal imbalances, anxiety, IBS, Crohn’s disease, Pouchitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
As someone who suffers with digestion issues and food sensitives I was excited about the chance to test out VSL#3, a food supplement that contains tummy friendly bacteria to work to give you a healthy gut.
What’s the benefit of taking daily healthy bacteria?
Healthy bacteria helps you maintain your digestive balance by strengthening your system. Healthy bacteria is essential for many vital body functions and the health of your tummy and digestion.
Often our digestion can be impacted by diet, travel, changes in routine and stress, I know it certainly does for me and my tummy is so sensitive I have to be very careful of my lifestyle choices.
We get overworked, fatigued, have trouble sleeping or sometimes we just do not eat enough of the right foods. So you need good bacteria in your tummy to help you feel at your best.
So… why VSL#3?
VSL#3 is the world’s most concentrated poly-biotic with 450 billion bacteria from 8 different strains in every sachet. It acts as a protective barrier in your gut by lining it with the right amount of bacteria and aiding in the digestion of foods that might irritate your tummy.
The monthly challenge
I took the challenge to take VSL#3 for a whole month and to report back any changes I saw. As this supplement takes time to re-balance your gut flora it is recommended to take it for at least a month to see the benefits.
How did I do it?
VSL#3 can be taken at any time of the day. The recommended daily intake is 1 or 2 sachets a day, but I stuck to the one sachet.
You can take it so many different ways. Just avoid mixing it with anything hot or fizzy.
Here are some of the ways I incorporated VSL#3 into my diet over the month, I usually just stirred into my breakfast after preparing it and I couldn’t taste it at all.
Chocolate Mint Smoothie
It wasn’t difficult for me to take VSL#3 everyday and I also added it to smoothies. It can stay out of the fridge for a total of 7 days, meaning I could even bring it with me when travelling.
For the first few days, I didn’t notice much of difference. However after the fourth day I felt way more bloated than usual, which is what usually happens when taking a supplement for digestive health, as it takes a while for your tummy to get used to it.
After the first week mark the bloating went away. After two weeks I definately felt like my symptoms and digestive issues were reduced. Particularly after eating something that would usually give me discomfort.
If you have severe food sensitivity and gut problems like IBS then I think this is something that you will need to take continuously in order to receive the benefits.
However if you have just came off a dose of antibiotics then I think it would be great to take this to re-balance the healthy bacteria.
Overall I was impressed with the ease of taking VSL#3 everyday and I liked that I could be a bit more relaxed with my lifesyle and food choices without worrying about my tummy.
Find Out More
If you are interested in trying VSL#3, have a look at their website which has loads more info on the product.
I hope you enjoy this post! Which food supplements do you take?
Thank you to VSL#3 for supporting my blog by sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own