I am so grateful to my family doctor, Dr Van for pushing me to have my first colonoscopy when I suffered from so many digestive issues (i.e: constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, bloating, pain etc). I’d never thought that I would have Adenomatous polyps in the colon at 29 years old. I was way too young for that!!!
Like a lot of people, I used to live on pasta, pizza, lasagna, frozen meals, red meats, Hungry Jack’s, Macdonald’s, KFC and drink coca cola or Mountain Drew (my favourite!) every day in additional to my stressful job in a corporate world. I got up feeling lethargy and had to drag myself to work everyday. I only EXISTED but NOT LIVED my life! Everyday, I felt like a zombie without a soul and forcefully laugh in front of people and felt totally miserable once I was by myself. Does it sound familiar to you?
I am glad that I have found my soul and living a very content and healthy life at the moment. Everyday, I am grateful that I wake up and listen to the birds singing and live my life with purposes Every 2 years, I have to have a colonoscopy – it’s a hassle but it saves my life!
Last month, I had my 3rd colonoscopy and endoscopy and I started doing yoga straight after I woke up from the anaesthetics. I felt completely normal and still had 3/4 of my energy – NO nausea, vomiting, sore throat, tiredness, sleepiness nor hoarseness. The doctor and the nurses were very surprised of my recovery rate. Drinking bone broth, coconut water and taking vitamin D definitely contributed to my speedy recovery
These tips help you to prepare for colonoscopy preparation and/or endoscopy preparation and achieve a better recovery rate from anaethetics.
Everything You Need to Know About Colonoscopy and Endoscopy Procedure Preparation
7 Days Before The Procedure
- See your GP to have blood tests to check the Electrolytes (EUC), Iron studies (Ferritin), Full Blood Count (FBC), Liver Function Tests (LFTs), Thyroid function (TSH, T3, T4).
- Stop Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medicines.
- Stop Fish oil, turmeric, iron and other supplements except for probiotics, HCl, digestive enzymes and vitamin D.
- I normally take 10,000IU vitamin D for 3 – 5 days before the procedure as studies showed that vitamin D is useful in prevention and treatment of infections (Alexandra V et al, 2009). Please consult with your doctor before taking a high dose of vitamin D.
2 Days Before The Procedure
- Buy 5L of coconut water and organic chicken/beef bones to make chicken/beef broth (Click here for Chicken broth recipe)
- Stop antibiotics and laxatives (if taken).
- Stop eating brown bread, red meat, cereals, vegetables, yellow cheese or anything with seeds in it. You may eat boiled or poached eggs, cottage cheese, white bread, low-fat plain yoghurt, steamed white fish, boiled chicken, well-cooked peeled pumpkin and potatoes. You may have clear jelly, skim milk and drink plenty of Approved Clear fluids.
1 Day Before The Procedure
- Take all usual medications.
- Have a light breakfast (plain bread/toast) then CLEAR FLUIDS only for the rest of the day.
- Take the Solutions by mixing 1 sachet in at least 250 ml of warm water at 3 pm, another sachet at Continue drinking Approved Clear Fluids at least a glass per hour, the more the better to ensure adequate body hydration.
- If your procedure is in the morning, you must be FASTING from midnight until the procedure.
- Filtered water
- Coconut water
- Clear salty fluids (i.e: strained chicken noodle soup)
- Clear bone broth (Buy Meadow & Marrow Bone Broth Concentrate Natural here if you don’t have the time to make your own bone broth)
- Clear fruit juice
- Plain jelly
- Black tea or coffee (no milk)
- Sport drinks or healthy homemade alternative sport drinks (click here for recipe)
- Clear fruit cordials (Clear lemon/lime)
- NO red or purple colourings
- Drink ginger tea
- Drink mung bean tea (strained)
- Barley sugar may be sucked (if required)
On the Day of Procedure
- If the procedure is in the afternoon, you may have an early light breakfast (plain bread/toast) and weak tea before 6 am then FASTING (Nothing to eat or drink) until the procedure.
- Drink 1L – 2L of coconut water by 6 am. This is very important as hydration helps your blood pumping out a lot quicker when the nurse takes your blood. Electrolytes and natural sugar from coconut juice help to keep your blood sugar level and electrolytes in balance.
- Cook the Slippery Elm Porridge and store it in the thermos to eat after the procedure.
- Pack Chicken Broth into a thermos to drink after the procedure.
- Pack some ginger tea in the thermos to drink after the procedure to reduce nausea and vomiting.
- Try to walk around ASAP after the procedure to reduce the post-procedure effects.
- Wear baggy, loose and comfy clothes.
- Bring gloves, hat, socks, a book, music, mandala colouring to the hospital for entertainment and keeping your body warm. The warmer your body is, the less energy your body will need to generate.
- Drink 2L of coconut water after the procedure to flush out the anaesthetics in your body.
- Take probiotics after the procedure as some good bacteria got washed out after having the Picopep solution.
1 – 3 Days after the Procedure
- Walk around the block and get some vitamin D.
- If you experience pain or bloating due to retained gas. The gases are accumulated due to the surgery and anaesthetic slow down the normal muscular contractions in the bowel. This could be improved by early mobilisation and walking around after abdominal surgery.
If not, there are some yoga poses that may help to initiate to pass gas:
The knee-chest pose: While kneeling on the floor, sit back on your heels with elbows resting on the floor under the chest or extended forward with the hands on the ground. Breathe in and out deeply on 5 counts. Repeat 10 – 20 times 2 – 3 times daily.
- Kneel on the floor. Touch your big toes together and sit on your heels, then separate your knees about as wide as your hips.
- Exhale and lay your torso down between your thighs. Broaden your sacrum across the back of your pelvis and narrow your hip points toward the navel, so that they nestle down onto the inner thighs. Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of the pelvis while you lift the base of your skull away from the back of your neck.
- Lay your hands on the floor alongside your torso, palms up, and release the fronts of your shoulders toward the floor. Feel how the weight of the front shoulders pulls the shoulder blades wide across your back.
- Breathe in and out deeply on 5 counts. Stay in this restful pose for 3 – 5 minutes 2 – 3 times daily.