I know it isn’t a sexy topic and it isn’t a particularly fun one, but sometimes things need to be discussed. Over the years I have suffered from bouts of bloating and constipation. I have tried numerous changes to my eating habits over the years to deal with it.
Oddly enough with as much time and energy as i spend working towards healthy weight loss most of my ‘diets’ over the years have been attempts to deal with the uncomfortable bloating and tummy troubles. I’ve gone from Vegan to Caveman diet and pretty much everything in between. What I ended up landing on was a well balanced diet incorporating all of the food groups, limiting saturated fats and sugars (which seems to work best for me). I also ended up understanding that my gut sometimes simply takes a long time to process foods.
And that, it turns out, isn’t an issue with my diet it is simply how my body works. Mostly I just understand that and live with it. it is an annoyance sometimes, but not a huge health concern so I count myself pretty lucky all in all.
A while back I was sent a sample of Phillips Colon Heath daily Prebiotic 4-in 1 Symptom defense. The sample was sent by Influenster and I liked it enough that I ended up purchasing it on my own and have since kept purchasing it. According to the product page…
Phillips’® Colon Health® Probiotic has three types of specially selected probiotics that: Help replenish good bacteria in the digestive system, including in the colon*, Help defend against occasional digestive issues and support the health of your colon*, Phillips’® Colon Health® Probiotic provides 4-in-1 Symptom Defense™ against occasional:* Gas, Bloating, Constipation, and Diarrhea. Unlike some other brands, Phillips’® Colon Health® Probiotic promises 1.5 billion CFUs at time of expiry.
The capsules are easy to swallow and not overly large. I took one each morning with a bit of toast and that was good for me. Now for me, my body has a way of trapping rather than releasing so I suffer from the bloating and constipation elements. The first few days my body had a grand release shall we say. I stuck close to the bathroom and I can honestly say I have never burped that much in my entire life.
For me I will often get a bubble of gas that feels like it is trapped between the end of my sternum and the top of my stomach and it will sit there rather painfully for a few hours before it slowly dissipates. The first few days of taking this Colon Health Probiotic an hour after the pill went down, the bubble of air came up. The burbs rivaled those produced by teenage boys with a shaken up two liter of soda on hand. I didn’t attempt to recite the alphabet during release, mostly because I was very surprised. Usually burping for me is very difficult.
And given the name Colon Health I expected all the effects to be on the other end of the system.
To be fair it helped on that end as well.
After a couple of days when I was beginning to suspect that taking the probiotic would mean always being within ten feet of a restroom, everything leveled out. My restroom visits returned to normal. However I didn’t have the internal build up or bouts of constipation. Once my body had a good spring cleaning everything just ran smoothly.
I know this isn’t a particularly fun topic to talk about, however it can be useful. Was the bloating a life threatening issue? No, but when it occurred it made me feel miserable. For me this was a simple fix that made me feel a million times better. Now clearly this is not meant as any sort of medical advice, so if you have major issues definitely talk to your doctor and follow their advice. For me and the simple bloating and constipation issues, this was a simple fix that meant a world of difference. And I really wish despite this being a not so pretty subject, someone sat me down and talked to me about this earlier. If any of the above issues are ones you have, I hope this little bit helps you out or at least gives you an avenue to explore.