Though many people dread preparing for their colonoscopy, the process has become a lot easier in the past few years. You don’t need to worry about an uncomfortable day, especially if you follow the tips below:

Start a Few Days Early

You can make your preparation easier by starting to change your diet a few days before your colonoscopy. Start to avoid foods that lead to large bowel movements, such as:

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Whole grain products
  • Dried fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit

These foods bulk up bowel movements, meaning you’ll have more to get rid of later.

Have Clear Foods Available

The day before your colonoscopy, you’ll need to stick to clear foods and liquids. To avoid getting too hungry, make sure you have these on hand before the day arrives. Recommended foods and drinks include:

  • Bone broth
  • Chicken broth
  • Jell-O
  • Fruit juice
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Sports drinks

These foods and drinks will help you avoid creating stool in the lead up to your colonoscopy. Make sure to avoid anything with red, blue or purple dyes, which may appear abnormal in your colon. If your prescribed laxative drink, like magnesium citrate, is not flavored, feel free to add Crystal Light or other drink mixes to help it taste better.

Stay at Home

When you enter the final phase of prep, drinking a prescription laxative, you’ll want to stay at home and near the restroom. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes like sweatpants that are easier to get on and off.

You’ll need to ask off of work the day before and the day of your colonoscopy. If you have small children or older adults you care for, arrange for extra help caring for them so you can focus on your prep.

At Virginia Gastroenterology, we offer a comprehensive, high-quality colonoscopy. We’ll support you throughout prep and recovery and are always available to answer your questions. For more information or to schedule your colonoscopy, please call (757) 942-2566.