This article and hot chocolate recipe are sponsored by VSL#3. All opinions are my own.
As someone who suffered from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) growing up, making healthy food choices was never an option for me; it was a necessity. But many of my clients and readers who have IBS tell me that they find it to be difficult to eat clean and healthy during the holiday season. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of VSL#3 Probiotic, 63% of IBS sufferers made changes to their diet on their own to manage their condition. In addition to finding the right probiotic to help with the dietary management of IBS, the trick is to know which ingredients trigger IBS symptoms, eliminate them, and prepare foods that will still please everyone’s palate.
So, today I’m sharing with you a few of my palate pleasing VSL#3 IBS-friendly recipes because VSL#3 was the probiotic I took for over two years when I had C.Diff-Colitis and was hospitalized.
VSL#3 is a high-potency probiotic medical food that is clinically proven to help with belly trouble such as IBS and ulcerative colitis and ileal pouch. It’s a proprietary formulation of a mix of 8 strains of live lactic acid bacteria and one of the few probiotics with this many live strains. VSL#3 differs from other probiotics in that it is a “medical food”, not a supplement, and therefore must be used under medical supervision and kept refrigerated to maintain its potency.
Here are a few tidbits for you to digest. While many people are familiar with the general term “probiotics,” most do not understand the importance of knowing which specific strain of organism should be used for which specific disease or condition.* Probiotics work in three areas of the gut: the microbial barrier, chemical barrier and physical barrier.*
- VSL#3 can colonize the gastrointestinal tract with beneficial bacteria, reduce gas and bloating from IBS and maintain remission in UC or an ileal pouch.
- There are several formulations of VSL#3. All formulations require refrigeration to preserve potency:
- VSL#3 DS 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 packets (lemon flavored and unflavored) containing 450 billion bacteria
- VSL#3 capsules containing 112.5 billion bacteria
And to show off a lovely (and super simple) recipe that can be belly-friendly and satisfying, here’s my Almond Milk Hot Chocolate (without sugar, dairy, gluten and soy!). You can serve this warm for an evening treat or as an afternoon pick-me-up sipper. The choice is yours but I know you’ll love the warming (and belly-soothing) feel this cup of hot chocolate will give you…just in time for the holidays!
Heat the almond milk over medium heat in a small saucepan.
Add remaining ingredients and bring to a low boil, then simmer for 2 minutes and season to taste with cinnamon and salt. Serve immediately.
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.
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. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.