VSL#3 is a very highly potent probiotic blend that consists of live, freeze dried lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria. One of the strongest on the market, each sachet of VSL contains 450 billion live bacteria in defined ratios of 8 probiotic strains and is available at Better Living in Toronto.
The Living Shield®
- High potency probiotic blend of 8 strains (beneficial live bacteria).
- The highest concentration of probiotic bacteria available (450 billion live bacteria per sachet).
- Works to protect the GI tract.
- Used for the care of patients with an ileal pouch (colostomy bag) or serious intestinal disorders.
VSL#3® is one of the few probiotic formulas supported by Level One scientific data (double-blind, placebo controlled studies). VSL#3® has been the subject of extensive clinical research in patients with ulcerative colitis, an ileal pouch, irritable bowel syndrome and several other clinical conditions.
Benefits of Probiotics
We have more than a thousand varying types of bacteria that live in our digestive tracts that work to break down food and absorb nutrients. Problems begin to arise when we take antibiotics, which as important as they are to treat infection, can wipe out our good bacteria too. So once treatment is over and the infection has been treated, we need to “repopulate” our gut with good bacteria i.e. probiotics.
Probiotics have also shown to benefit people suffering from IBS as they can help to lower pain and cramping and minimize the urgency of bowel movements, working to regulate the digestive tract.
Even if you don’t have an urgent problem, probiotics can benefit anyone by regulating the digestive tract by populating your system with good bacteria, crowding out the bad.
A very common and uncomfortable condition that many women suffer from is urinary tract infections. When treating the infection with antibiotics, it is wise to also take a probiotic which helps maintain the flora, and lessens the chance of reoccurring infections including yeast.
Studies have begun to show a 30% reduction in allergies in infants when the mother supplemented with probiotics in-vitro. This is big news with allergies becoming more commonplace, as it can benefit those who suffer from allergies and also help prevent further suffering in infants.
Women who are prone to yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis can greatly benefit from taking a probiotic supplement such as VSL#3 as the vagina and reproductive system rely on healthy flora. When the bacteria are out of balance there is more risk of infection. To prevent further infection and lessen the frequency of infections supplementation with a high quality multi strain probiotic is a necessity.
One of the main benefits of probiotics is the connection it has to our immune system. Studies have shown an increase in lymphocytes (markers of the immune system) when people supplement probiotics in their diet. Probiotics may also lessen the severity of hospital born infections such as MRSA and C. DIF.
VSL#3 is a well-studied, safe and effective probiotic that has more bacteria than any other supplement on the market. If living in the Toronto area be sure to check out Better Living. They offer VSL#3 as well as qualified and knowledgeable staff. Don’t wait to feel great. Start your journey to wellness today.