My Journey to "Normal" with Probiotics! Let’s Hope So Anyway! #DigestiveHealth

This isn’t a “pretty” topic.  It’s NOT one of my favorites by any means!  I was diagnosed with IBS (that’s right, Irritable Bowel Syndrome) years ago, not long after the birth of my first daughter.  Her birth had nothing to do with it, but the added stress of a family did!  IBS is not life-threatening, it is not a disease, but rather a disorder that can really affect your every day life!  I’m not complaining, I’m explaining!  
IBS is a disorder that causes cramping abdominal pain, bloating (if you know me at all, you know that this is NOT acceptable), constipation in some (not an issue with me at all), and diarrhea (that’s the one!).  I was prescribed medication to help with the “problem” but found that carrying OTC anti-diarrhea medication with me all of the time worked just as well.  I take them on a daily basis.  Not a healthy option, but it has become mandatory.  As I stated, it is not life-threatening, but it can be debilitating for some, I’m one of those!  
It was suggested that I change my diet, but since I am a vegetarian and my diet is so high in fiber and roughage, this was not an easy task and really not an option for me.  So I stick with my routine of taking the OTC medication and we avoid going to places that I love to eat, but will surely cause “the squirts”.  That’s right, I put it out there!  It’s a topic we as a family often have.  Bug will say “Hey let’s go to….”, and B will quickly chime in, “We can’t baby, Mommy will get the squirts!”.  Sad but true!  This is probably the only aspect of my life that I don’t like but I’m still hoping for a solution!
So when I was approached about a week ago with an opportunity to try out Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic Digestive Care Supplements (available only at Sam’s Club), of course I jumped at the chance!
I received my 3 month’s supply (a $28.88 retail value) on Saturday and couldn’t wait to dive in!  In addition to helping with IBS (according to my doctor), Probiotics, if taken as directed, are said to help maintain a healthy digestive system for anyone, and help maintain your immune system.  Sounds great to me!

Probiotics aid by providing the natural beneficial bacteria that we need in our systems to promote a healthy digestive system.  Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic specifically  contains 4 strains of these beneficial bacteria: Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium bifidum.  These beneficial bacteria are said to decrease with age and with stress.  These are two factors that we can’t really control.  
This is a once daily supplement and I started taking them today!  I can’t wait to see how they work.  I hope this journey is a success!  How fabulous would it be for me to be able to answer Bug’s request for a night out with “Yes we can go there”, rather than listen to my husband’s response?  I’m excited and I’m hoping to put the anti-diarrhea medications in the garbage and say bye-bye to bloating!  
Wish me luck and I’ll be back in a couple of weeks to let you know how this goes!

You can find Sam’s Club on Facebook and you can find more out about this product by joining in on the Twitter Party on Tuesday, August 2nd, at 9:00 pm EST. 

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.  The views, opinions, and photos are entirely my own.
About Christy

Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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  1. Great post. I’ll be back to see how it worked. I’m trying it too, so fingers crossed that it does work!