I have been given this product 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.
There are certain symptoms most people have a hard time talking about and therefore go unknown. IBS is one of those. It’s also one of those problems that seem to accompany quite a few chronic illnesses. Whether it’s a symptom of the disease or a side effect of meds it can be a real problem when it comes to digestive consistency.
For me personally, I go back and forth from IBS-D and IBS-C. It seems each wants equal time controlling my digestive system. Not knowing when or where I’d find myself in a precarious situation made public outings stressful.
I have tried different probiotics in the past and although I whole heartedly believe in good gut health and the role it plays in our over-all health, I never found one that I could truly see a benefit from. So I was excited to have the opportunity to try the Visbiome High Potency Probiotic.
A bit about Visbiome High Potency Probiotics:
- Visbiome is a medical food intended for the dietary management of pouchitis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.
- You do not need a doctor’s prescription to purchase Visbiome, however, they do have an extra strength version that does require a prescription.
- Two capsules contain 225 billion lyophilized lactic acid bacteria from 8 different strains.
- The product can be stored at room temperature for up to a week without adversely affecting it’s potency but it’s highly recommended that it be stored in the refrigerator.
- You can read more about Visbiome by visiting their website.
My experience with Visbiome:
The package arrived in a large box containing an ice chest. Inside the ice chest were ice packs and the bottle of Visbiome capsules. I was pretty impressed with the care they take to preserve the live bacteria.
The directions on the package say to take 2 – 8 capsules per day – or as directed by a physician. Since I had taken probiotics in the past with little effect I thought I’d start out somewhere in the middle – 4 capsules per day – two in the morning and two at night.
This ended up being a bit much for my system. I had diarrhea and quite a bit of bloating going on by the second morning. I stopped taking the pills altogether and waited two days before I tried again. This time I went with one capsule in the morning and one at night. This dosage seemed to work great for me.
After the first few days I noticed that I wasn’t having any bathroom emergencies which was great. But I wasn’t having BMs of any kind so I was worried the probiotics were going to be causing constipation. To my surprise, it was just the opposite. I began to have regular, healthy stools.
Since I began taking Visbiome I haven’t had any bathroom emergencies at all. I don’t miss being in a store and having to rush to the bathroom or going through the decision process in a restaurant as I searched for a choice that wouldn’t immediately trigger my IBS. I’ve been very happy with their effectiveness and the results I’ve had!
Talk to your doctor if you think Visbiome might be a good fit for you!
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