Imagine looking and feeling like you’ve just swallowed a balloon and feeling like it’s about to pop.
Now imagine being congratulated on being pregnant, when in fact, you’re just suffering from a constant painful bloated belly.
Not really a dream scenario, right?
Well, the sad thing is, I don’t need to imagine it, because just a year ago, that was my painful reality…
Before I start sharing my past bowel and poop problems in more detail (get ready for TMI), it would probably be fitting for me to introduce myself.
My name is Jane, I’m 32 years old, and if you called me a party pooper, I would probably consider it quite the compliment. I mean, it’s definitely better than the No-Sh*t-Sherlock I used to refer to myself as.
Although I can look back at it now and crack some jokes, while I was actually dealing with my bowel issues, it was anything but funny.
I felt as if I was carrying a watermelon around in my stomach at all times and looked like I had had a full 5-course dinner right when I woke up. But the worst part was the constant pain my stomach was in.
I honestly couldn’t even remember what it felt like to go to the toilet and come out feeling lighter. It was as if my intestines had just pressed “pause.”
My stomach issues started at some point before turning 30.
It wasn’t like an overnight thing where my metabolism just crashed all of a sudden, but it still caught me off guard.
I had never had a super regular “poop schedule,” if you will, but I remember waking up one morning with an insane stomach ache and my belly looking like I had swallowed a balloon.
Mind you, it was probably around 7 AM, and I hadn’t even swallowed a sip of water.
That was when I realized that I hadn’t gone number 2 in about a week. A WEEK!
I’m no gastroenterologist, but even I knew that most definitely couldn’t have been normal. I mean, food is not supposed to sit in your gut for a week. Most food starts rotting in a week, and somehow, my stomach had become the place where it went to rot.
Quite frankly, that’s how I felt as well – as if I was rotting from the inside.
My belly was bloated beyond belief, and I felt as if it could explode any moment.
I was literally afraid to take a sip of water, thinking that this would be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Or, in this case – my stomach.
I think I spent about an hour in the restroom that morning but didn’t come out feeling much lighter.
What made matters worse is that, like many people, I have a job that requires me to sit at a desk from 9 to 5 without moving around too much. You can probably imagine that this didn’t necessarily do any favors for my digestion either.
Once I realized that something was off, I became very aware of my bowel movements.
What I discovered left me feeling beyond worried…
I rarely pooped more than once or twice a week, and when I did, I never felt like I actually got everything out.
My belly was always bloated to the point where I only wore baggy clothes. Even when I somehow miraculously managed to button my jeans, I felt so ashamed of my inflated-looking stomach.
There were only so many “When are you due?” and “Congratulations!” I could handle without bursting into tears.
On top of not being able to look at myself in the mirror and doing anything and everything to cover my belly, I was in constant pain.
If anyone was to ask what I did with my free time, I would probably have to say that I spent it on the toilet googling and ordering different vitamins and probiotics that could help me. Spoiler alert – none of them did. Unless you count being gassy as a good thing.
Before all of my bowel issues really started to get out of control, I was quite the snacker and a keen lover of fast food. I was definitely far from being fit and healthy, but apparently, not enough to actually do anything about it.
Since realizing how bad my situation actually was, I had gained an insane amount of weight in just 7 months, sending me to the “obese” category.
My cholesterol levels skyrocketed, and my blood pressure reached an unhealthy level.
I was so sick and tired of feeling sick that I did the one thing I had tried to avoid – I went ahead and bought laxatives.
Within a matter of weeks, I had gone from constant constipation to non-stop explosive diarrhea. You can imagine the agony I felt going to the office, hoping I wouldn’t soil myself in front of the entire staff.
Want to know something you wouldn’t necessarily associate with being constipated or having diarrhea? Isolation.
I’ve never felt more alone and isolated in my life.
I couldn’t take part in even the smallest social situations like office lunches, not to mention any outings or fancy dinners with the fam.
Unless I knew there’d be a restroom within 20 feet of me, I just couldn’t risk it.
Oh, and also, all of these stories about becoming addicted to laxatives – can confirm.
If I skipped a day, I was pretty much back to ground zero.
It was as if my intestines had just shut down, and the only way to get things moving was to pop another laxative.
I knew if I kept going, I could do irreversible damage to my metabolism and digestive system, but I was out of options. It was either diarrhea or constipation for the rest of my life. Both pretty crappy options, pun intended.
There had to be another way.
However, as I had not been successful in finding that said way, I finally decided to go see a specialist.
And if you’re thinking, “Jane, why didn’t you do it sooner?”, trust me – I had thought about it but somehow managed to always talk myself out of it.
I knew the doctor would take one look at me and tell me that I needed to change my entire diet. You know, cut out all the sweets and fast food.
And honestly, as much as I knew that that’s probably what I should’ve done, I wasn’t ready to hear that.
I wasn’t ready to do that.
But mostly, I was ashamed. I was ashamed to show my body and to tell the doctor about the issues I had been dealing with.
However, as mentioned, there came a point where I saw no other option, so I scheduled my visit to see a gastroenterologist.
Looking back, I wish I had gone much sooner, so he could’ve told me about the solution that ended up changing my life.
After running some tests and taking my blood work, my doctor told me that despite my unhealthy BMI and high blood pressure, I wasn’t suffering from any serious illnesses.
As much as this was a relief, there was a part of me that had secretly been hoping there was something medically wrong with me.
Don’t get me wrong! Obviously, I wasn’t crossing my fingers for some scary, life-threatening diagnosis, but just something that I could have blamed for everything I had been going through.
Anyway, scary illness or not – I definitely wasn’t healthy, and I definitely couldn’t carry on like that.
That’s when my doctor told me about this all-natural powder called ColonBroom.
He told me he had recommended it to many of his patients suffering from the same type of symptoms that I was and had seen great results.
ColonBroom uses psyllium husk, which is a natural fiber that absorbs water and becomes a viscous compound that helps with constipation, diarrhea, blood pressure, and weight loss.
I was skeptical at first.
I mean, how can one powder help with both constipation and diarrhea?
But I was at a point where I could just keep asking questions and keep suffering or give this thing a go.
What did ease my mind a bit was the fact that the powder was all-natural, so I figured the worst thing that could happen would be that it just wouldn’t work.
So I went on the ColonBroom website and took a short quiz that asked me about my current condition.
Based on my answers, I was able to order the right blend specifically made to help me with my personal digestive problems.
As much as I didn’t want to get my hopes up, I was eager to get started. I was sick of feeling bloated, unhealthy, and so freaking heavy.
Once I got my order, I mixed a scoop of the powder with a glass of water and chugged it like a college kid on a beer keg.
It had a nice, quite subtle strawberry flavor, so I was happy to add this little treat to my morning routine.
Unlike the laxatives I had taken previously, ColonBroom didn’t come with crazy overnight results, which to me was reassuring.
The cool thing was that along with the powder, I also received a personalized Diet Guide, which came with a ton of valuable tips on healthy eating and a meal plan.
I was afraid the meal plan would be super restrictive and would deprive me of all the foods that I enjoy, but to my surprise, that wasn’t the case at all.
I was still able to have tasty and nutritious foods and didn’t have to feel deprived or as if I was on a “diet,” per se.
I started to really feel (and enjoy) the first changes within two days of starting ColonBroom.
I had to go to the restroom, and for the first time in forever, I came out of there feeling lighter and as if I had actually fully emptied my bowels.
It’s impossible to describe how good it felt!
All this time, I had imagined the food I was eating just going into my gut and rotting there.
Now I felt like I was finally getting those toxins out of my system. It really felt like a detox in the best possible way.
After about a month, I knew for a fact that the powder was working.
I had developed what I called a poop schedule. My digestive system was almost like clockwork, and both my blood pressure and the numbers on the scale were going down.
I really can’t tell you how much lighter I felt not only physically but emotionally as well.
I was no longer afraid to go out to dinner and didn’t have nightmares about using the restroom.
Although I wasn’t snacking and eating as much as I did before, I wasn’t even craving that much food anymore, which was definitely a side effect I welcomed happily.
Since then, I’ve been able to lose over 30 pounds and look and feel so much better!
It’s still crazy for me to think about how much one powder changed my quality of life and how much lighter and happier my life is now.
If you’re in the same position as I was back then, I really couldn’t recommend giving ColonBroom a go enough.
You don’t have to suffer from constant bloating and pain, you don’t have to be afraid of social situations or anything to do with food, and you don’t have to carry this weight around.
Results may vary depending on individual features. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.