This is a sponsored post. I have been given Visibiome as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
Visbiome is a medical food intended for the dietary management of dysbiosis associated with irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, pouchitis, and hepatic encephalopathy. Visbiome is a non-drug therapy that addresses distinct nutritional requirements, to promote microbial balance, to people with these conditions that cannot be addressed by modification of the diet alone. The version I was given was Visbiome’s Regular Strength High Potency Probiotic in capsule form. Other Visibiome product options are a lemon cream flavored powder and an unflavored powder.
It is strongly recommended that Visbiome be taken under the supervision of a medical doctor. Each capsule of Regular Strength Visbiome contains 112.5 billion bacteria.
The bacteria strains included in this product are:
Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus‡, Lactobacillus paracasei, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium longum**, Bifidobacterium infantis**, Streptococcus thermophilus
So what are probiotics anyway? Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are great for your overall health, but most importantly your digestive system. Many people do not eat a nutritionally dense diet, and one that’s often filled with processed food and too many carbohydrates.
This can result in an imbalance in the gut flora which in addition to causing digestive upset, can also be a contributing factor to skin conditions like eczema, urinary tract infections, yeast infections, compromised immunity and impaired oral health.
Probiotics can be found anywhere but whichever one you choose, it’s important to get one that’s refrigerated. Visibiome came in a cold pack that I promptly put in the refrigerator.
I’ve struggled with irritable bowel syndrome since I was a teenager. For me, this usually manifests as spasmodic diarrhea that just keeps going on and on (TMI, I know!) When this flares, it’s debilitating, exhausting and usually puts me in bed by the middle of the day. My usual course of action is to pop an Immodium D or the anti-spasmodic that my doctor recently prescribed.
When my sample arrived, I was in the midst of a bad flare. Unfortunately when I get sick with something as simple as an upper respiratory infection, it makes my IBS flare as well. Sometimes it can take weeks for the nausea and other symptoms to go away. I started taking two per day (admittedly I didn’t call the doctor but he has suggested probiotics before). I noticed a distinct improvement in symptoms within a few days and I didn’t have any further IBS flares during the time I was taking Visibiome.
Having your digestive symptoms under control is such a great feeling of freedom. I’d definitely recommend this product to anyone suffering with digestion issues or wants to improve overall health, but it is always best to check with your doctor first to see if it’s safe for your condition and if there is any potential conflict with any other medications or supplements that you might be taking.
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