November 7, 2014   By Kelly Bejelly

It’s no secret in the Paleo community that the health of your gut deeply affects your overall health. Many of us come to the diet plagued with allergies and digestion issues like IBS and Crohns. We soon find the trick to well-being is removing foods that cause issues and supplementing with a high quality probiotics like VSL#3.

It can be scary changing your diet. At first, you might think that you have to give up everything you love. Then, you might worry that you will be eating the same boring thing over and over again. Last, but not least, you might think that your family will kick up a fuss over the new recipes.

So not true! You can still eat delicious fun meals. To make things even easier, VSL#3 has partnered with Patsy Catsos, a registered dietitian who focuses on GI issues, and created a collection of IBS-friendly recipes that the whole family will love.

After you’ve cleared that hurdle, you now need to find the probiotic that helps rebuilds your gut health. VSL#3 is probiotic that caught my eye because of the following benefits.

  • VSL#3® is a high potency probiotic medical food that is clinically proven in the dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis (UC) and ileal pouch.
  • VSL#3® is at least 10 times more potent than the average probiotic.
  • 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.
  • VSL#3® is available at your local pharmacy. Please ask your pharmacist for VSL#3 as it is kept behind the pharmacy counter in the refrigerator.
  • 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® JUNIOR packets containing 225 billion bacteria
    • VSL#3® capsules containing 112.5 billion bacteria

VSL#3® products must be refrigerated to maintain potency and is available at your local pharmacy. Look for VSL#3® in the probiotic aisle of your local drug store and bring the card to the pharmacist as it is kept behind the pharmacy counter in the refrigerator. ​

 

Seven Layer Salad

Author: Created by Patsy Catsos, RD for VSL#3®

Ingredients

Ingredients

1 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 large head red leaf lettuce, torn in pieces

4 hard boiled eggs, sliced

1 cup carrots, shredded

1 large green bell pepper, diced

½ pounds reduced sodium bacon, cooked, drained, and crumbled

2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar in a small bowl and set aside.

Place each of the remaining ingredients in successive layers in an extra-large glass serving bowl. Drizzle the mayonnaise dressing over the salad and refrigerate until chilled or up to 24 hours.

Toss the salad immediately before serving.

Enter the VSL#3 Gastro-Nomical Giveaway

Right now you can enter to win in a cookware set worth $300 from Sur la Table to cook up healthy dishes, a leather recipe card book filled with custom recipe cards from VSL#3 and a copy of Flavor without FODMAPs Cookbook: Love the Food that Loves You Back by registered dietitian Patsy Catsos and a $50 pharmacy gift card to stock up on VSL#3. One winner (four winners total) will be chosen and announced on Facebook at around 12:00 P.M. EST each week on Thursday, October 30th, November 6th, 13th, and 20th and you can learn more and enter on their Facebook page.

VSL#3® products must be refrigerated to maintain potency and is available at your local pharmacy. Look for VSL#3® in the probiotic aisle of your local drug store and bring the card to the pharmacist as it is kept behind the pharmacy counter in the refrigerator. ​

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. VSL#3 is a medical food and must be used under medical supervision.

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