Colofac – the cure to my bloating

I know I said that I am trying to wean myself off prescription drugs but here I am writing a blog post about one… oops.

I went to see my doctor because my bloating was getting out of control. Nothing was helping to aid it. I was going to the gym every day and eating healthy and BOOM still looked like I was pregnant. After hearing me whine about this she prescribed me Colofac, something that she said that she takes as she also has irritable bowel syndrome.

This stuff is amazing.

It is the first thing that has actually helped me. After taking it for a couple of days everything had evened out and I was no longer bloated. YEP NOT BLOATED. You can’t imagine my happiness from waking up and not looking like I was about to pop.

So how does it work? Colofac contains an active ingredient called mebeverine hydrochloride, which is an antispasmodic. This works by directly acting on the smooth muscle in the gut, causing it to relax. It relieves painful muscle spasms without actually affecting its normal motility.

Although this medication has helped me lots I also don’t want to rely on it. I still want to adjust my diet and find natural supplements that are going to help in the long run

 

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Bloating

As I have said previously I am undergoing an elimination diet to try and get information on foods that I may be intolerant to. There are many different signs that show if you disagree with a certain food but my most obvious is bloating.

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Until I did my first elimination diet I didn’t really understand that it wasn’t normal for my stomach to be THAT extended. During the detox I have found that I will drop anywhere from 2-4kgs within about two days and my stomach shrinks markedly. This is all my bloating!

When I had a bit of a baking session with a friend we happened to make something that contained oranges in it. Now, I knew from my first elimination diet that I am pretty intolerant to oranges but I thought that perhaps having the orange diluted down in a whole cake might make it better for me. I snaffled a piece and within around four hours I was bloated and was having some pretty crazy stomach cramps. Definitely not the nicest.

Now there are some ‘quick’ cures to try and help get rid of the cramps that come with bloating:

  • Drink lots of water
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Exercise
  • Aloe vera juice and
  • Dandelion tea

I do think though that you just have to give your body time. If you’ve eaten something that you are having a bad reaction to try and eat raw, healthy foods for the rest of the day so that your body can focus on getting rid of only one bad thing rather than many.

I believe that it is important to undergo detoxes. Not only to give our bodies a break from all of the bad foods that we may put into ourselves but to get everything back to its normal working order. It’s amazing to see the difference eating a clean, raw diet can make on our digestive health and well, once you realize how good you can feel there really is no turning back…

 

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Elimination Diet

So on my last post I mentioned that I was going to do an elimination diet.

What is This?

An elimination diet is a method used to identify foods that an individual can’t have without having some kind of adverse effects. For me a lot of the effects are due to food intolerances rather than a full blown food allergy.

Pretty much this is a trial and error diet. For two weeks you detox your body by removing all foods that you may potentially have a food intolerance to – this can pretty much be described as a wheat-free, sugar-free, mostly raw diet. After this period you introduce one food for one day, eliminate it for two and record down how your body reacts to it.

Elimination and Me

This is my second time doing an elimination diet and I must admit I am excited to do this again because of the success I had with it the first time around.

My sexual health doctor – Dr. Jane Morgan, who is absolutely amazing, recommended that I give this diet a go after I told her about some of the problems that I was having. She suggested that perhaps the reasons that I was getting bloated and feeling crampy could be due to foods that I was eating that I could be having trouble digesting.

Now Jane isn’t a nutritionist but she gave me the low down on what I needed to do and directed me to a few different sites where she said I would be able to find enough information in order to begin this challenge.

After my two week detox all of my bloating was gone and I no longer looked as if I was a few months pregnant. This in itself was motivation enough to keep going. During this first elimination I focused on introducing foods that I was eating on a daily basis and had some shocking results. From this diet I was able to include that fruits such as oranges and mandarins would make me bloat and feel absolutely terrible. By taking out these simple foods my health markedly improved.

Now…

After going sugar free I have introduced a few new foods that I wasn’t eating that much of before especially nuts and dried fruits. Something that I have been eating over the last three weeks has caused me to have some adverse side effects so I have decided to embark on another elimination diet.

Here is pretty much a run down on the foods that I can and can’t eat during the detoxing stages.

 

Foods to Include

Foods to Exclude

Fruits

Almost all fresh fruit

Citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, lemon,   lime etc)

Vegetables

Almost all fresh raw, steamed, sauteed, or roasted vegetables

Tomotoes, eggplant, potatoes (sweet potato and yams are okay)

Starch

Brown or wild rice, buckwheat, quinoa

Wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, oats, all gluten   containing products

Legumes

 

Soybeans, tofu, tempeh, soy milk, all beans, peans, lentils

Nuts and Seeds

 

All seeds and nuts

Meat and Fish

Fish, turkey, lamb, wild game

Beef, chicken, pork, cold cuts, bacon, hotdogs, canned meat,   sausage, shellfish, meat substitutes made from soy

Dairy Products and Milk Substitutes

Unsweetned rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk

Milk, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream,   non-dairy creamers, eggs

Fat

Cold-expeller pressed olive oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil

Margarine, butter, processed and hydrogenated oils, mayonnaise,   spreads

Beverages

Drink plenty of fresh water, herbal teas

Alcohol, caffeine (coffee, black tea)

Spices and Condiments

Sea salt, fresh pepper, fresh herbs and spices

Chocolate, ketchup, mustard, relish, chutney, soy sauce,   barbeque sauce, vinegar

Sweetners

Stevia (if needed)

White or brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, corn syrup, desserts

 

BUT!

Although the name implies ‘diet’ I see this more as a detox. Getting rid of all the bad stuff in your body so that it can actually function at its best. Even though there is a list of foods that you can’t eat, it doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on as many fruits and veggies as you want

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Initially I thought that something like this would be crazy difficult but when you learn how good your body can feel… you kind want to keep it that way.

Any questions you have on this feel free to ask

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