I want to share that I’ve recently been hired as nutrition consultant for VSL#3 (www.vsl3.com), a high potency probiotic medical food. Recommending VSL#3 to my patients with IBS or ulcerative colitis is something I do frequently, so it feels like a natural fit. So far my work has consisted of writing some IBS-friendly recipes for the whole family. Check them out on the VSL#3 web site! They are all lowish in FODMAPs, so I think they’ll be of interest to you. I’m already working on the next batch of recipes, for fall and the holidays.
If you’re not familiar with it, VSL#3 is a probiotic medical food for the dietary management of IBS. I’ve written about probiotics before, and you know I emphasize that the effects of probiotics are very strain- and combination-specific; any old combination of probiotic strains won’t do. Perhaps you can relate to this analogy: you can put eight very smart, effective people in a small room, but that doesn’t mean they’ll make a good committee. VSL#3 contains a proven combination of 8 proprietary probiotic strains of live bacteria.Timing can be important for readers of this blog. If you are doing the IBSFree FODMAP elimination and challenge protocol in my book, you know I generally recommend not starting a new probiotic during the early weeks of the diet—it’s a better learning process if you don’t change too many things at once. However, each person’s medical situation is unique; you should ask your own health care provider for personal advice about probiotics, including product selection, how much to take, and when to begin.