Update: VSL#3 and Elimination Diet {VIDEO}

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Earlier this month, I shared an update about how things are going on the ulcerative colitis front as well as a few things I’m trying to help keep myself in remission, which includes adding the high-potency probiotic medical food, VSL#3, to my daily routine.

I’ve taken VSL#3 every day for three consecutive weeks, and I’m feeling really great. When I started, my main goal, of course, was to stay in remission, but I also wanted to feel better overall, especially in regards to my energy levels (or lack of!). When I think back to a few weeks ago, my goodness, it’s a night and day difference! I’m currently feeling really well – I’m not falling asleep on the couch or turning into a total grump at night because I’m so drained. I also think my recent diet changes have contributed to my increased energy levels (more on that below), but adding a serious probiotic medical food like VSL#3 has definitely been impactful. Another benefit I’ve noticed is that I’m rarely gassy – I used to experience uncomfortable bloating and gassiness after eating certain foods, but I’ve felt awesome in terms of these kinds of symptoms lately!


In fact, the combination of taking VSL#3 daily and eliminating certain “troublesome” foods and chemicals from my diet has truly been a winning combination for my overall health. I wish I had made these changes sooner! My cravings, particularly for coffee and sugar, have also subsided quite a bit. Sure, I still enjoy coffee and treats from time-to-time, but I don’t feel like they have control over me anymore. It’s nice to actually crave nutritious foods instead coffee and sugar non-stop!


Taking VSL#3 on the regular has been so convenient and an easy addition to my diet. I’m taking both the capsules and unflavored packets – the pills take two seconds to swallow which means they’re great for busy days on the go, but they don’t contain nearly as many live bacteria as the packets. For this reason, I typically opt for the packets first thing in the morning. I simply add a packet to my water bottle and drink it down even before I have my iced coffee. It has a really mild taste – you can barely taste when it’s dissolved fully in water. (FYI: VSL#3 needs to be kept refrigerated to preserve and maintain the high potency and vitality of its billions of bacteria.)


After my experience with VSL#3 over these past few weeks, I now realize that not all probiotics (and bacterial strains) are the same.[1] VSL#3 is a high-potency probiotic medical food that is clinically proven in the dietary management of serious digestive issues including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis (UC), and ileal pouch, and must be used under medical supervision. You can buy other brands over the counter, but they don’t have the same benefits for someone suffering with a serious digestive issue like IBS, UC or ileal pouch. VSL#3 is a high-potency probiotic medial food that has eight different strains of live bacteria, which makes it one of the most potent probiotics in the world. Adding this specific combination of probiotic bacteria can help you manage your unhealthy gut. If you suffer from a serious digestive condition and have tried general probiotics without success, you may want to consider VSL#3.

Interested in trying VSL#3, but concerned about the cost? Now you can take part in VSL#3’s new Patient Savings Program. Simply print out this VSL#3 Patient Savings Card and bring it to your pharmacist, along with a prescription from your healthcare provider, to save up to $80 each month on your purchase of VSL#3 DS and up to $40 a month on VSL#3 unflavored packets. This is the largest savings ever offered for both VSL#3 and VSL#3 DS. Visit here for more information and talk with your healthcare provider today to take part in the savings program! To purchase VSL#3, visit http://vsl3.com/pharmacy-locator/ to find a VSL#3 in local pharmacy near you or order it online at https://shop.vsl3.com/vsl3-c2.aspx.

Question of the Day

Fill in the blanks:

Eliminating ______ from my diet made me feel better.

Adding ______ to my diet made me feel better. 


IBD resources of interest:

Reference: [1] Bertazzoni, et al. Journal of Chemotherapy.25.4.193-212 (2013); Fedorak RN, J Clin Gastroenterol. 42:S3; S111-115 (2008); Lammers KM, et al. FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. 38:165-72 (2003)

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 and LIKE the brand on Facebook.

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. Please speak with your healthcare provider for any specific questions. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.



  1. I love your openness in regards to your health, particularly digestive health. I’ve had digestive issues for my entire life and my mom actually mentioned this probiotic to me a few weeks back. I’m wondering if I should give it a whirl to bring me more comfort in my day to day life.

    Eliminating most dairy and processed foods has helped my digestion, and adding more plant-based nutrition has also helped. I’ve also cut down on the alcohol I drink, and my body is thanking me! If/when I consume alcohol, it’s one glass of wine/one beer and my stomach and digestion says thank you!

  2. I have a history of disordered eating, so I am very careful to not “eliminate” any food or food group from my diet. I have significantly cut back on dairy, because it makes my cystic acne flare. I also recently cut back on sweets and after about a week, noticed my craving for them has gone away.

    I’ve started making big smoothies in the morning, with nut butter, chia seeds, spinach, soymilk, fruits, etc topped with protein granola, and they fuel me up so well before work, I’m not crashing and cranky a few hours later.

  3. Eliminating gluten and dairy and adding Ox Bile and LypoGold have changed everything for me. I have leaky gut and have been working on it for close to a year. I’m way better than a year ago when I was looking like I was 6 months (gas) pregnant but not and doubling over in pain. I feel so much better, not healed but better.

  4. We have eliminated artificial sweeteners from our diet for some health issues my husband has been having(IBS) with no medical results after a few years.
    I must say the difference is amazing……he is feeling so much better and almost all symptoms have disappeared and its only been three weeks so far.

    Its not easy to do but so worth the change.

  5. I see above you mention this is helpful for people with UC, IBS and ileal pouch…any idea whether it helps with Crohn’s patients? I have Crohn’s and am in a particularly bad flare right now, as you know it can be so frustrating so I am interested in exploring anything that may help!

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m not sure about VSL# and Crohn’s, but definitely ask your doctor about it. It might help! Hang in there! <3

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