My Trial with Visbiome High Potency Probotics

** “I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. “



Probiotics, My Gut Health and Trial of Visbiome 

I didn’t know what to expect when I was accepted to the trial of Visbiome High Potency Probiotic.  They had some extra questions for me on some of my symptoms as I don’t have an actual Irritable Bowel Syndrome diagnosis.  I have gastritis which is an inflammation is the gastrointestinal tract.  I’ve had constant nausea for well over a year and take a very strong anti-nauseat.  I also have alternating boughts of constipation and diarrhea, so I have stomach pain often.  So asking the extra questions to make sure that I would be a good candidate was pretty amazing on their part.


Probiotic definition:  pro·bi·ot·icˌ


1.  denoting a substance that stimulates the growth of microorganisms, especially those with beneficial properties (such as those of the intestinal flora).


1.  a probiotic substance or preparation.

Source:  google search definitions


The packaging was pretty amazing.  Normal box, with a cooler inside, with several cold ice packs and the bottle of the Visbiome High Potency Probiotic which was also in a ziplocked bag to protect the bottle.  112.5 Billion Bacteria per capsule kind of freaked me out because I had no idea that Probiotics and the live bacteria were the same thing.  I had to go and check out what probiotics were as I wanted to make sure.  When I first received them I had been sicker than normal so I wanted to wait until I actually tried the medication.
The prescribed dosage is two caplets daily.  I found that taking them both together worked best for me.  I don’t know if anyone else took them differently because I don’t read other reviews until after I write mine.  My findings in taking them is that I’ve had much less constipation over the course of taking Visbiome High Potency Probiotic.

What is Visbiome™?

Visbiome™ is a high potency probiotic medical food, containing 8 strains of live bacteria in concentrations of 450 billion bacteria per packet and 112.5 billion per capsule. 

Visbiome is a specially formulated probiotic medical food for the dietary management of dysbiosis associated with IBS, ulcerative colitis, pouchitis, and hepatic encephalopathy. Visbiome is a non-drug therapy that addresses distinct nutritional requirements, to promote microbial balance, in people with IBS, ulcerative colitis, pouchitis, and hepatic encephalopathy that cannot be addressed by modification of the diet alone.  Source: Visbiome  


I have  been putting off finishing writing this blog post because I’ve been embarrassed by writing about my gut health.  I had a hard time writing that I alternate between constipation and diarrhea.   Really it is a hard subject but I’ve always had this see-saw with my gastrointestinal tract, bowel, etc and have said that if I have diarrhea I won’t leave the house.   Having a 30 days trial is so much better than just a couple days or a week.  I thank Visbiome for the chance to try their product.  I really think it has helped me with the constipation.  I would love to try it for longer period of time to see how I balance out because I still have had lots of diarrhea boughts.

Visbiome is $50.00 for a 30 day supply of sixty capsules.  They are cheaper if you buy a two pack at $92.00.  They also have a powder formula available.  If this sounds like something you could use you can check them out at

I hope you enjoyed my view of Visbiome High Potency Probiotics.

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    What’s A Flare Day Kit?  Huge Contest Sponsored by Chronic Illness Bloggers

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    What’s A Flare Day Kit?  A Huge Contest Sponsored by Chronic Illness Bloggers

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    The giveaway runs November 23rd to December 3rd!  Please share with all your family and friends!  I hope you enjoy the blog and find some new blogs and products!

    Flare Day Kit or ER and Hospital Must Haves

    When I found myself going to the ER more frequently I threw a few things into a bag so that I’d have a more comfortable wait.  I can’t do anything about the horrible chairs that my ER’s have but I like being comfortable.

    • Baggu bag because it’s canvass and can be washed when I go home.  I always bring bottles of water and a bottle of ginger ale.  I have even had a juice box at times.  I know that if I have stomach problems that I can’t eat or drink but my caregiver can and the wait can be really long in my area.  I always have my S’well 25 oz bottle because it’s large and keeps my water cold.  Hydration is a problem for me because of constant nausea.
    • Colouring book and pencils in a pouch. I find it relaxing
    • Some hard candies because my mouth is dry and hospital air is brutal on dry mouth
    • A light blanket (sometimes two)
    • My Mophie Juice Pack – I keep it charged on my nightstand.  It powers my iPad, my iPhone and both of my hubby’s too.
    • A long cord for the iDevices and the wall plug for the iPad because the regular one only charges the phone and not the iPad.
    • Book because I like reading real books and I usually have a couple on the go
    • Earplugs – I get overwhelmed with sounds
    • Chapstick – back to the dry mouth and hospitals are dry
    • Moisturizer because you use so much hand sanitizer at the hospital
    • Sunglasses on migraine visits but now I’d bring my Axon glasses because well they’re amazing.

    My contribution is part of Prize pack 8 and I’ve listed what I’m including below this photo.  Later on, there is two photos with all the prize packs listed.  There are Eight prize packs, a Fibro prize pack and two packs that are just for the US entrants.  We have over 50 bloggers and sponsors participating in this cross blog promotion for the Chronic Illness Bloggers.  No purchase necessary.  But check out the list of bloggers and sponsors as there is something for everyone.


    Prize Pack 8 including mini2z


    What is in my part of Chronic Illness Bloggers Holiday Giveaway – Prize Pack 8?

    Everything here will keep you busy at the hospital (when you can) if you’re there for a few hours or a few days. Also good for a flare day or days because we chronic illness people have days when getting out of bed is very difficult.  So here is what’s in the portion of Prize Pack 8…

    • Tote bag – it’s washable!
    • Light blue plaid scarf that can be used as a light blanket by American Colors
    • Colouring book with Staedleter coloured pencils, Staedleter markers and pouch to put them in.
    • Chapstick
    • Power bank for a cell phone
    • Lavender hand cream
    • Fuzzy reading socks
    • Plastic Tumbler with a straw
    • Lemon Face mask
    • Green Tea and Tea (or any beverage) cup
    • Ice Pops mold maker and the recipe for nausea pops
    • Some candies
    • I could add extras before it gets mailed out!

    I’ve had fun getting the goodies for this gift pack and there is well over $150 in products for the lucky recipient of Prize Pack 8.

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    Flare Day – Hospital Must Haves

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    The GIVEAWAY is via rafflecopter so good luck! I added the clickable link just in case the widget was taking too long!.

    Good luck!  Hope you enjoy checking out the Chronic Illness Bloggers and our sponsors!  Chronic Illness Bloggers Network have become my friends in my journey of Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Migraines, LADA, Hashimoto’s, Gastritis, Depression, Anxiety and more important, I’ve got a great group of friends that are a keystroke away for support.


    Invisible illness sucks but having friends along the journey makes it more tolerable.   mini2z 


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    Blogger’s Writer’s Block – My Stuggle Is Real


    Blogger’s Writing Block – My Struggle Is Real

    I’ve only written blogs lately about products I’ve sampled.  I love writing. I love reading. I haven’t been able to enjoy either for quite a while.  I can’t remember what I’ve read, what I’m doing in the room, not even remembering why I’ve gone to a website.  Writing seems to flow when I’m focused or have a commitment to fulfill.  The struggle is real is a phrase that’s become so frequent from my daughter and her friend’s generation.  It’s a fitting phrase for those with chronic illness because the struggles we have are real.

    I have been asked to write a blog post on puppy updates and advise to give other op parents.  I completely misunderstood but it’s a topic near and dear to my heart.  Check out Ranger’s new Squirrel watching pose.  We got rid of the bush so he has a better view for watching.


    How have I been? 

    I saw my rheumatologist last Thursday and I got the cortisone shots in my hips.  My follow-up kidney functions came back good but I have to get some more laboratory tests this week just to double-check.  Since the shots have kicked in I’ve had a bit of energy everyday so I can get something done.  I saw my family doctor last week as well and everything thing I brought up, he said I needed to talk to my other doctors.  It was a pretty frustrating visit for me as I’m still waiting for a referral to the pain specialist.  I can’t get a change in my pain medications until I see that doctor and I’m still waiting for an appointment.  Waiting for a specialist is absolutely crazy.

    What have I been doing?

    I bought this French Wine box from the LCBO to see how their new home delivery was.  It was $12 and delivered by Canada Post.  I ordered on a Sunday night and had it by Tuesday mid-morning.  The Canada Post guys said that everyone has been saying how fast the shipping was.  Everything was well packed and labelled that it was breakable.  Because I was paying the delivery fee of $12, I grabbed a couple bottles of my favorite wines as well.


    The Discovery Box includes: Les Dauphins Côtes Du Rhône Reserve Red 2014, Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais 2008, F Lurton Fumées Blanches Sauvignon Blanc Vdf 2010, a set of 2 Ceramic Ramekins, a Cheese Knife Block Set, a set of Ceramic Chalkboard Cheese Markers and the LCBO France-to-Go booklet.  The box also included an invitation to sample the newly released vintage on November 18th.

    I’ve been getting some online Christmas present shopping done.  It’s pretty easy now that the kidlets are older.  My daughter asked for her Organic Chemistry book for Christmas, Umm okay then… That’s a first.  My son asked for clothes or a laptop he can actually type on it.

    My hubby caught me watching some Christmas movies yesterday.  He commented how its only November but wondered if they had made me cry.  Yep, crying at Hallmark movies, the commercials even make me cry!  I did find that it made me feel more like Christmas is coming that it feels.  It is currently another sunny day and pretty mild for November and I’m enjoying the sun streaming in.  I’ve also found a tv series called The Librarians on Crave TV.  It has Noah Wyle, Rebbeca Ramon and John Laroquette and well it’s the adventures of the Librarians and their saving History and artifacts.  It’s quirky and silly but it’s a fun watch.  I love history and the premise of time travel and even better, in January season three will be airing.

    OUT of Spoons

    Fibromyalgia, what is it?

    My fellow blogger friend, Ness from The Girl With Five Lads wrote a great blog post about what Fibromyalgia is. 

    For me Fibromyalgia was a “oh that’s Fibromyalgia in an off-hand sort of way from my previous Rheumatologist explained the non lupus pain.  The pressure points were like knife stabbing pains as the doctor pushed on them.  My joints hurt all the time but those pressure points were insane pain.  I’m taking Gababpentin in some pretty high doses but my doctor explained that because I can handle it that it can be increased.

    I hope you enjoyed my update and my wandering out of hibernation of ignoring my blogging with mush brain.

    Journey with me … mini2z

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