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Fainting During Colonoscopy Prep: Is it common?

The topic of fainting during colonoscopy prep is one you’ll see across the internet when researching what to expect during the prep process—but is it normal and, more importantly, how can you avoid it? Today, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about this common concern. Read on for the expertise and insight you need for a calm, confident prep process.

Is fainting during colonoscopy prep common?

While colonoscopy prep can make you feel dizzy or lightheaded, fainting during colonoscopy prep is rare and not something you should expect.

Why might colonoscopy prep make you dizzy?

The goal of colonoscopy prep is to empty your bowels completely so your doctor can clearly see inside the colon. In the 24 hours leading up to your procedure, you’ll be in the fasting window and asked to consume only clear liquids along with your oral laxative solution. As you begin taking your oral laxative, you’ll experience the frequent urge to empty your bowels—this can lead to dehydration and/or drops in blood sugar that may cause you to feel nauseous, dizzy, lightheaded, and/or thirsty.

What should I do if I feel like fainting during colonoscopy prep? 

If you’re feeling lightheaded to the point of possibly fainting during colonoscopy prep, this is likely a sign of low blood sugar or dehydration. Without being able to eat solid food—you’ll want to consume  clear liquids and/or a colorless carbonated beverage to settle your stomach. Avoid anything with red, blue or purple dyes.

How can I set myself up for success and avoid fainting during colonoscopy prep?

It all comes down to proper nutrition and hydration—as low blood-sugar levels and dehydration are the two main components behind side effects like dizziness, nausea, lightheadedness, and/or the rare instance of fainting during colonoscopy prep. Combating these side effects is exactly why we created CF(Colonoscopy Kit)®. We developed our medical-grade CF(Rehydrate)® electrolyte drink and bundled it with the #1-recommended gentle laxative to create a colonoscopy kit that helps ease the discomfort that’s often synonymous with the prep process. The end-result is enhanced hydration, boosted electrolytes, reduced discomfort, and a faster post-op recovery.

Patients also love to use the electrolyte drink that comes in our colonoscopy kit as a “chaser” to mask the taste of their prep powder. Our electrolyte drink is particularly delicious when chilled—so be sure to order your colonoscopy kit in advance and place your bottles in the fridge to chill at least one day before you embark on the prep process.

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Overall, fainting during colonoscopy prep is rare—and grueling side effects are easier to avoid if you remain aware of staying properly hydrated and nourished with colorless liquid nourishment that complies with your doctor’s orders.

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Browse the rest of the CF Nutrition blog for empowering health, wellness, and lifestyle tips. And don’t forget to fuel yourself and your family this flu season with the clean, clinical replenishment and immune support of CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity +.

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Colonoscopy Prep 101: What to Expect When It’s Time to Prep

While the U.S. sees right around 19 million colonoscopies every year, getting through colonoscopy prep is still no easy feat. From foul-tasting prep powders to the uncomfortable reality of clearing your bowels, it’s safe to say colonoscopy prep isn’t exactly an experience to look forward to or write home about. But with a clear understanding of what to expect—and some expert tips on how to best prepare—the dreaded prep process can become a bit more comfortable. 


Today, we’re offering up all you need to know about what to expect during colonoscopy prep. Read on for the information, empowerment, and encouragement you need to get that all-important procedure performed.

How important is getting through colonoscopy prep?

While there are times we can get away with secretly skirting our doctor’s orders—colonoscopy prep isn’t one of them. If you neglect to get through prep properly (the end-goal of which is completely emptying your bowels so your doctor can clearly see inside the colon), your physician will absolutely know and—more importantly—won’t be able to perform the procedure.

When you take into the account the fact colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death—and that a staggering 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could have been prevented with screening—it’s clear to see why getting through prep is imperative. It’s the first—and most necessary step—for getting vital, possibly life-saving information about your colorectal health.

What should I expect during colonoscopy prep?

One week before your colonoscopy…

You’ll want to begin cutting down on heavy, high-fiber foods and opting for smaller, more digestible meals in the days leading up to your procedure. While it’s tempting to get in as many filling foods as you can before hitting the fasting period, high-fiber foods only make the dreaded colonoscopy prep process that much more uncomfortable. Plus, fibrous foods can leave behind residue in your colon that can make it difficult for your doctor to see polyps (the entire point of a colonoscopy). Foods to avoid include:

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Legumes
  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Brown rice, oatmeal, wheat bread, and whole grains

2 days before your colonoscopy…

Aside from continuing to avoid high-fiber foods, the most important thing you can do at this point in the process is to hydrate (and then hydrate some more…and some more). The 24-hour colonoscopy prep period before your procedure can be grueling on your body—and can lead to serious dehydration. In addition to drinking plenty of water, PreOp drinks and natural electrolyte drinks will give your body the clean, clinical-grade hydration, vitamins, and minerals it needs to head into the 24-hour prep period strong, nourished, and hydrated (without the colored dyes, harmful synthetics, and added sugars you’ll find in sports drinks and non-medical-grade hydration beverages).

24 hours prior to your procedure…

This is where the real work begins, as you’re officially in the fasting window and on a clear liquid diet. Here’s what you can expect…

  • The Goal: The entire point of this period is to completely clear your bowels so your doctor can see inside the colon.
  • The Bowel Prep Liquid or Powder: In addition to clear liquids (think: anything you can see through—water, electrolyte drinks, apple juice, presurgery drinks, apple juice, etc.), you’ll need an oral solution (in the form of a liquid or a powder that you mix with another liquid) designed to help you empty your bowels. Your doctor may have you take the entire oral solution the night before your colonoscopy—or she may have you split the solution into two portions and drink one the night prior and finish the second portion the morning-of.
  • What Happens: As you begin taking your prep powder or liquid, you’ll experience the frequent urge to empty your bowels. This will happen until your movements become more liquid-like and eventually turn clear or yellow (a sign your colon is clear). The bowel prep may also cause you to experience:
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Thirst
  • Dizziness

Is there any way to make colonoscopy prep easier?

Brilliant question! And the answer is YES. Like you, our team of nutritionists and beverage scientists knew there had to be a better way, so we developed CF(Rehydrate)®—a medical-grade, clear-and-colorless, great-tasting natural electrolyte drink—and bundled it with the #1 recommended gentle laxative to create our fan-favorite CF (Colonoscopy Kit)®.

The end-result is enhanced hydration, boosted electrolytes, reduced discomfort, and a faster, easier post-op recovery. In addition to getting medical-grade hydration from CF(Rehydrate)®, the electrolyte drink that comes in their colonoscopy preparation kit, patients also love to use it as a “chaser” and mask the taste of their prep powder. PRO TIP: CF(Rehydrate)® is delicious when chilled, so be sure to place your bottles in the fridge a few days before your colonoscopy prep.

What if my doctor already prescribed me a bowel prep liquid?

If you already have a prep liquid or powder, you don’t need our entire colonoscopy preparation kit. Instead, you can just opt for CF(Rehydrate) (our electrolyte drink with added immune-boosting ingredients) to use as part of your clear liquid diet (and, again, to mask that terrible-tasting prep liquid).

Here’s what people are saying about the difference CF (Colonoscopy Kit)® made in their colonoscopy prep process…

“At 70+ years old with significant diverticulitis, I have had many dreaded colonoscopy preps. My last experience was totally different thanks to just 3 bottles of ClearFast” – B. T.

“I felt great and will always repeat this routine in the future! For my last colonoscopy, I was stuck 7 times for my IV as I was so dehydrated. This last experience was a ‘1 stick miracle’! I have highly recommended ClearFast to any eligible patient.” – A. S.

“Having to go through my first colonoscopy, my worst fear was not only having to drink the solution, but doing so on an empty stomach with the possibility of being nauseous! Sipping on ClearFast after each glass made it bearable, as it tastes good! And, it was comforting to know that it was full of nutrients.” – P

“I used ClearFast during last year’s colonoscopy prep, and after the procedure, I bounced right back and felt normal in record time. Good stuff!” – Amazon customer

“Used ClearFast the day prior to colonoscopy prep. Did not experience the jitters from fasting. Great taste also.” – Amazon customer 

“Will buy again. Now I actually don’t dread my next colonoscopy”

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Overall, while colonoscopy prep is absolutely necessary—feeling miserable isn’t. With a clear idea of what to expect—and the power of a colonoscopy prep drink that offers proven, clean, clinical hydration on your side—you can get through the prep period (and get those all-important results) as painlessly as possible.

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Ready for more goodness? Browse the rest of the CF Nutrition blog for empowering health, wellness, and lifestyle tips. And don’t forget to give your body the best chance at recovery with the clean, clinical replenishment of CF(Rehyrdate)® and the natural complex carbs you’ll find in CF(Preop)®.

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How To Prepare For Your Colonoscopy with CF(Rehydrate)®

Let’s be honest—colonoscopy prep is no fun. In fact, a staggering number of colonoscopies (75% to be exact) are rescheduled every year because patients simply can’t get through the grueling prep process. Poor-tasting prep liquid and extreme dehydration mean even the most well-intentioned patients often stop three-quarters of the way through and can’t complete a proper prep. This leads to a missed procedure and a rescheduled date to have to do it all over again soon. (Are you exhausted yet?) 

At ClearFast, our team of nutritionists and scientists knew there was a better way, so we added CF(Rehydrate)®  to our ever-evolving line of premium clinical nutrition products with the goal of helping patients take back power over the dreaded colonoscopy prep process. Read on to learn more about how our colonoscopy prep drink delivers cleaner ingredients and a better all-around prep.

What is CF(Rehydrate)®?

The latest evolution in our line of clean clinical nutrition, CF(Rehydrate)® is a natural electrolyte replacement drink designed to deliver medical-grade hydration during the colonoscopy prep process. Free from artificial colors, flavors, and sugars, it delivers the electrolytes and essential hydration you can’t get from using water alone for your prep, without the harmful additives found in sports drinks and sugary alternatives.

How do I use CF(Rehydrate)® for colonoscopy prep?

Great question! Our colonoscopy prep drink is pretty darn tasty when chilled and super easy to use. You’ll want to grab a  colonoscopy prep kit and follow the below instructions:

If your colonoscopy prep is powder…

Use CF(Rehydrate)® to dissolve your colonoscopy prep powder:

  • Add your colonoscopy prep powder to 64-oz (2 bottles) of CF(Rehydrate)®
  • Mix thoroughly
  • Drink one 8 oz. glass every 15 minutes over a 2-hour period (or follow your doctor’s specific drinking
  • instructions)

If your colonoscopy prep is a liquid…

Use CF(Rehydrate)® as a “chaser” to help your colonoscopy prep liquid go down smoother:

  • Follow your doctor’s colonoscopy prep instructions
  • “Chase” each sip of your colonoscopy prep liquid with 1-2 sips of CF(Rehydrate)®
  • Drink any remaining contents of CF(Rehydrate)® up to two hours prior to your procedure

What’s in CF(Rehydrate)®? 

CF(Rehydrate)® has a perfect balance of carbohydrates, electrolytes, and essential minerals to offer fast and effective rehydration for times you just gotta go clinical. It’s chock-full of: 

  • Sodium for fluid balance & retention (which is especially important as you lose fluids during colonoscopy prep)
  • Zinc for immune support
  • Magnesium for healthy muscle function
  • Filtered Water for hydration
  • Potassium for cell hydration and enhanced nerve function
  • L-Citrulline for nourishment and healthy circulation 

How is it better than my other options?

Just like everything we craft at CF Nutrition, CF(Rehydrate)® was formulated with the goal of giving your body the nutrients it needs, in the simplest and most effective form—without any of the harmful additives that slow you down. Here’s how it’s different:

  • Made for this: Rather than grabbing a sugary sports drink or repurposing a children’s option as a colonoscopy prep drink—CF(Rehydrate)® offers a solution meant for the exact thing you’re experiencing. Formulated to deliver clinical, medical-grade rehydration during events like colonoscopies—CF(Rehydrate)® offers added electrolytes to replenish the ones you lose during elimination, a refreshing-as-ever flavor that masks any foul-tasting prep powder, and an easy-to-use two-bottle bundle that you simply add your own laxative to. 
  • Only the good stuff: Vegan, gluten-free, and kosher, we make our colonoscopy prep drink right here at our own facility in Atlanta, Georgia—without any artificial colors, flavors, or sugars. It offers a natural source of sugar (sans syrups and synthetics) and was specifically designed to help you nourish and replenish your body during the grueling (but necessary) life events like the dreaded colonoscopy.

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Ready to show syrupy drinks the door and use doctor-trusted, patient-preferred premium clinical nutrition for your colonoscopy prep instead? You can order CF(Rehydrate)® here. And, as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at support@drinkcf.com if you have any questions at all. We’re always here and happy to help!

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Pro Tips to Make Colonoscopy Prep Easier

From the foul-tasting prep liquid to the dreaded emptying of the bowels (are you cringing yet?),  it’s no wonder that patients are constantly looking for ways to make colonoscopy prep easier. With 15 million colonoscopies performed annually in the United States, we happen to believe that this super common procedure doesn’t have to be so dreaded (in fact, making medical procedures more comfortable is what we’re all about here at ClearFast). Today, then, we’re breaking down our top tips to make colonoscopy prep easier. Read on for the ultimate colonoscopy prep guide. 


What to do in the week leading up to your colonoscopy prep…

As you approach the week leading up to your procedure, make sure you do the following three things to make colonoscopy prep easier


  • Head to the grocery store and pharmacy: Embarking on a low-fiber diet before your colonoscopy is one of the most effective ways to make colonoscopy prep easier. While you don’t need to start your low-fiber diet until 3-4 days before your prep, you should start shopping for the foods you’ll need in the week leading up to your procedure. We recommend purchasing things like: white breads, white rice, low-fiber cereals, white meats, fish, and eggs. Be sure to avoid things like: whole-grain breads, nuts, seeds, granola, red meat, dried fruit, legumes, fibrous vegetables, etc. You’ll also want to pick up any prescription laxatives your doctor might prescribe, as well as moist wipes.

  • Talk to your doctor: While a colonoscopy is a pretty routine procedure, it’s still important you spend time talking to your doctor about what to expect so you’re armed with the information you need to make colonoscopy prep easier. From the type of sedation you’ll be given to the timeline of your procedure, we break down the five most important questions to ask your doctor before a colonoscopy here. Be sure to review this list and add your own questions to it before your pre-op appointment. 

  • Order your ClearFast bottles: From making the prep liquid go down smoother to improving your recovery time and greatly reducing your chance of post-op nausea and vomiting, there are tons of scientifically-backed reasons you should include ClearFast as part of your colonoscopy prep procedure—and we break them all down here. In the week before your colonoscopy, make sure you order ClearFast online so that you have it on-hand as you embark on the prep process. 

What to do in the days leading up to your colonoscopy…

In the 3-4 days leading up to your procedure, be sure you complete the following tasks to help make colonoscopy prep easier


  • Start eating low-fiber foods: While it may be tempting to consume heavy meals before you have to start on that dreaded liquid fast, eating fibrous foods will ultimately make getting through colonoscopy prep so much more difficult and uncomfortable than it needs to be. (Plus, high-fiber foods can leave behind residue in your colon that can make it difficult for your doctor to see polyps—the entire point of a colonoscopy.) We recommend cutting back on fiber and eating smaller, more digestible meals in the 3-4 days leading up to your colonoscopy prep. Stay away from legumes, whole grains, dried fruits, vegetables, etc.—and opt for smaller portion, low-fiber plates to make colonoscopy prep easier

  • Chill your ClearFast bottles: Once your ClearFast bottles arrive, it’s time to place them in your fridge to ensure they’re chilled and ready to go when it’s time to embark on the prep process. 

  • Chill your prep liquid: Chilling your prep liquid will help it go down so much easier and smoother (especially when you “chase” it with ClearFast—more on this below). Be sure to chill it in the fridge a few days before it’s time to consume it. If your prep liquid is unflavored, you can also add flavoring to it (like fresh lemon or a powdered juice-drink mix) to help make it a bit more tasty—just be sure to steer clear of colored dyes, like red and purple, to avoid the appearance of internal bleeding during your colonoscopy. 

How to get through the dreaded fasting window and recovering quicker…

Crunch time has arrived. Below are our pro tips for getting through the dreaded fasting period as comfortably as humanly possible. 


  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: While you can’t eat anything the day before your procedure, you can hydrate with liquids. In addition to good ol’ fashioned water, this is another place ClearFast comes in handy—as it provides medical-grade hydration and is chock-full of electrolytes, ensuring you don’t enter surgery dehydrated and malnourished. (Psst…did you know dehydration before surgery leads to multiple IV “sticks”, as it can be hard to find a “good” vein when your body is thirsty for hydration?) 

  • Use ClearFast to make the prep liquid go down smoother, and for a boosted recovery: Incorporating ClearFast into your prep process helps to make colonoscopy prep easier for a number of reasons. It’s a great way to “chase” your prep liquid with something much more tasty—plus, it also ensures your body is armed with the nutrients and minerals it needs to go under (and awake from) your procedure in the strongest state possible. We recommend consuming four bottles of ClearFast in the following manner:

    • First Bottle: Sip simultaneously with your colonoscopy prep liquid. “Chase” each sip of prep liquid with a sip of chilled ClearFast.
    • Second Bottle: Drink the night before the procedure (while in the fasting window)
    • Third Bottle: Have your third bottle finished two hours prior to the procedure. (This greatly reduces your risk of the post-op nausea and vomiting that one in three patients experience as a result of being administered heavy anesthesia drugs on an empty stomach.)
    • Fourth Bottle: Drink chilled, following the procedure. (Arming your body with ClearFast’s healing minerals—like zinc and L-Citrulline—upon completion of your colonoscopy helps ensure a faster, more seamless recovery process.) 

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That’s it for today’s roundup of pro tips to make colonoscopy prep easier. If you’re ready for a stress-free, more comfortable colonoscopy prep (and a faster recovery!), you can order your ClearFast PreOp Drink here. And don’t hesitate to reach out to the ClearFast team at support@drinkcf.com if you have any questions at all.

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The Most Important Questions to Ask Before a Colonoscopy: 5 Things to Go Over with Your Doctor

When it comes to colonoscopies, we all have the same goal: to get in and out in as painless (and fast) a manner as possible. Couple the desire to “just get it over with” with the fact that it can be intimidating to ask doctors questions, and it’s easy to see how so many of us end up walking into our colonoscopy without the information we need to make the process as seamless and stress-free as possible. Today, then, we’re offering up the most important questions to ask before a colonoscopy. Because a spoonful of sugar may make the medicine go down—but we prefer a forkful of answers any day.


  1. How will I be sedated?

When it comes to questions to ask before a colonoscopy, understanding your anesthesiologist’s sedation method and the drugs she will use is super important. You’ll also want to communicate any allergies to medications and past experiences you’ve had with anesthesia (i.e. post-op nausea and vomiting). This will allow your doctor to help remedy the situation by administering anti-nausea meds or by allowing you to consume a presurgery drink to negate the effects of being administered heavy anesthesia drugs on an empty stomach


  1. When do I need to arrive, and how long will the procedure take? 

On average, a colonoscopy should take about 45 minutes—but you’ll likely be at the hospital or outpatient center for around four hours total to account for intake time and recovery upon waking. We recommend building out a clear timeline or schedule (this can be anything from a simple handwritten list to notes taken on your smartphone) beforehand. It’s always best to have things written down in single spot you can easily reference—because pre-procedure nerves can often frazzle even the most organized, on-top-of-it patient. Your timeline should clearly outline: 


  • When you need to start your prep liquid
  • When you should have your colonoscopy prep liquid (and other presurgery drinks) completed by
  • What time you need to arrive for your colonoscopy
  • What time nurses will take you back for your colonoscopy
  • What time the procedure is expected to be completed


(Psst…be sure to share this list with the person responsible for transporting you home. You shouldn’t drive for at least 10 hours after your colonoscopy.)


  1. How should I prepare for my colonoscopy? 

Colonoscopy preparation methods and the laxatives you’re prescribed will vary from doctor to doctor—so it’s important to get a clear idea of what exactly you’ll be doing (and drinking or taking) to prepare. The colonoscopy prep process is often a dreaded one—so knowing what you’re getting into ahead of time can make all of the difference when it comes to feeling empowered and prepared to take on your colonoscopy prep. In addition to talking to your doctor, we recommend taking a look at our pro tips for getting through colonoscopy prep here! One major pro tip? Avoid fibrous foods and large meals before your prep. 


  1. Can I drink clear fluids with my prep liquid? 

As part of your list of questions to ask before a colonoscopy, you’ll want to talk to your doctor about clear liquids, and, specifically, about the right presurgery drink. Chasing your colonoscopy prep with a clear liquid is a great way to help the foul-tasting prep liquid go down smoother—but so many patients don’t know to ask their doctor about clear presurgery liquids in place of flavored water or sugary juices. We recommend asking your doctor about the ClearFast presurgery drink, as it provides medical-grade hydration (so it will combat the extreme dehydration that occurs as a result of the prep liquid and emptying your bowels for the procedure). 


Plus, because it’s chock-full of nutrients and complex-carbs, ClearFast acts as a “liquid food” and nourishes you like food—but because it’s clear and colorless, it’s safe to drink up to two hours before surgery. The nourishment ClearFast provides in the form of complex carbs and nutrients greatly reduces your risk of post-op nausea and vomiting (which occurs as a result of being administered anesthesia meds on an empty stomach) and aids in the recovery and healing process. (You can learn more about the benefits of ClearFast for colonoscopy prep here.)


  1. Can I eat immediately afterward?

Last on our roundup of the most important questions to ask before a colonoscopy is a thing we’ve all been waiting for: food! After all of that foul-tasting prep liquid and your clear-liquid diet, you’ll likely be dreaming of burgers and fries (or whatever your guilty pleasure is) after you wake up from your colonoscopy. Unfortunately, though, most doctors will recommend you stick to foods that are gentle on your stomach for at least 24 hours after your procedure. You’ll want to avoid foods that are difficult to digest or that irritate your bowels (sorry, spice-lovers). Talk to your doctor ahead of time to develop a solid diet plan for the few days following your procedure—and be sure to grocery shop and prepare your house before you head to the hospital or outpatient center. 


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Overall, when it comes to questions to ask before a colonoscopy your goal should always be to empower yourself with the information you need to make the process as seamless and stress-free as possible. If you’re ready for a more comfortable colonoscopy experience (and a faster recovery!), you can order your ClearFast PreOp Drink here—and don’t hesitate to reach out to the ClearFast team at support@drinkcf.com if you have any questions at all!

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Pro Tips for Getting Through Colonoscopy Prep: Minimizing Discomfort in the Dreaded Prep Process

Though there are approximately 15 million colonoscopies performed in the U.S. each year (whoa!), getting through colonoscopy prep isn’t exactly a breeze. With a large volume of a foul-tasting prep liquid to consume, a clear-liquid diet you have to stick to, and—yes—the uncomfortable reality of clearing your bowels for your procedure, it’s safe to say there are far more enjoyable experiences in the world than the dreaded prep process. But, with a little proactivity, the prep process can be made a bit more enjoyable and comfortable than it is when going in blind. Today, then, we’re offering up some pro tips for getting through colonoscopy prep—and getting that all-important procedure performed!

 

Why is getting through colonoscopy prep important?

Allowing your fear of getting through colonoscopy prep to be a barrier to actually getting the procedure done can mean sacrificing your health and well being—especially when you consider the fact that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death amongst women and men combined. If you fail to complete the dreaded prep process successfully (the end-goal of which is completely emptying your bowels so you doctor can clearly see inside the colon), your doctor won’t be able to perform your colonoscopy—which means missing out on vital information about your health that (information that could potentially save your life). In fact, 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could have been prevented with screening. But, not to fear, we break down some pro tips for making the prep process as comfortable as it can be below!

 

What are some tips for getting through colonoscopy prep successfully? 

We’ll be honest: the bottom line is colonoscopy prep isn’t going to be an enjoyable experience—but there are plenty of things you can do to make it far more comfortable and less stressful than it has to be, including: 

 

  1. Cut back on fiber and large meals. While it may be tempting to consume heavy, fibrous meals before you have to start on your prep and liquid fast, this will ultimately make getting through colonoscopy prep all the more difficult and uncomfortable. We recommend cutting back on fiber and eating smaller, more easily digestible meals in the 2-3 days leading up to your colonoscopy prep (trust us—you’ll thank us when it comes time to clear your bowels). Plus, high-fiber foods leave behind residue in your colon that can make it difficult for your doctor to see polyps, the entire point of a colonoscopy.

 

  1. Chill your prep liquid. Drinking your prep liquid chilled will help it go down much easier and smoother. Be sure to chill it in the fridge overnight before it’s time to consume it. If your prep liquid is unflavored, you can also add flavoring to it (like fresh lemon or a powdered juice-drink mix)—just be sure to steer clear of colored dyes, like red and purple, to avoid the appearance of internal bleeding. 

 

  1. Hydrate and nourish with the right clear liquid. As part of your colonoscopy prep procedure, you have to stick to a clear-liquid diet and that dreaded prep drink. Unfortunately, though, the prep liquid your doctor prescribes can lead to major dehydration and electrolyte imbalances (not to mention hunger!). Dehydration and hunger are both things you want to avoid in general, but especially before undergoing anesthesia. Consuming a liquid that’s full of nourishment, but still clear and safe to drink as part of your prep, helps to greatly reduce dehydration and hunger before your procedure. Fortunately, ClearFast is clear and colorless, but also contains the electrolytes you need for hydration and the complex carbs you need for nourishment. (By acting as “liquid food”, ClearFast also works to reduce post-op nausea and vomiting. Preop fasting is largely responsible for the nausea and vomiting 1 in 3 patients experience after waking up from anesthesia. ClearFast works to eliminate this problem by ensuring you’re not given anesthesia meds on an empty stomach.) Psst…check out our post on how to use ClearFast as part of your colonoscopy prep procedure here!

 

  1. Use ClearFast to “chase” your prep liquid. Drinking ClearFast as part of your colonoscopy prep is a great way to have something tasty to “chase” that foul-tasting prep liquid with. Sip your prep liquid simultaneously with a bottle of chilled ClearFast to help it go down much smoother.

 

What difference does ClearFast make in getting through colonoscopy prep

We could go on forever about how much easier ClearFast makes your colonoscopy prep procedure (we hear it from happy ClearFast patients all of the time)—but, instead, we’ve rounded up some real-life reviews below: 

 

  • “At 70+ years old with significant diverticulitis, I have had many dreaded colonoscopy preps. My last experience was totally different thanks to just 3 bottles of ClearFast PreOp” – B. T.

 

  • “I despise the oral bowel prep. Last time, I drank ClearFast PreOp along with my prep…I ‘chased’ each 8 oz. dose of the prep solution with a few sips of ClearFast PreOp to get rid of the awful aftertaste. I had a full bottle of ClearFast PreOp following the full prep and a third dose at two hours before the colonoscopy. I felt great and will always repeat this routine in the future! For my last colonoscopy, I was stuck 7 times for my IV as I was so dehydrated. This last experience was a ‘1 stick miracle’! I have highly recommended ClearFast PreOp to any eligible patient.” – A. S.

 

  • “Thank you so much for introducing me to ClearFast PreOp. Having to go through my first colonoscopy, my worst fear was not only having to drink the solution, but doing so on an empty stomach with the possibility of being nauseous! Sipping on ClearFast PreOp after each glass made it bearable, as it tastes good! And, it was comforting to know that it was full of nutrients.” – P. C.

 

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Overall, getting through colonoscopy prep isn’t exactly the most enjoyable experience in the world, but adding some liquid nutrition and hydration into your prep process can make all of the difference. If you’re ready for a stress-free, more comfortable colonoscopy prep (and a fast recovery!), you can order your ClearFast PreOp Drink here. And don’t hesitate to reach out to the ClearFast team at support@drinkcf.com if you have any questions at all.

 

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Using ClearFast as Part of Your Colonoscopy Prep Procedure:

The Power of Proper Pre-Op Hydration & Nutrition for a Better Colonoscopy Experience

Colonoscopy prep can be daunting to say the least—but it doesn’t always have to be. Today, we’re getting to the bottom of easier, less-stressful colonoscopies. In this post, we’ll cover:

  • Why the “no food or drink after midnight” rule is being replaced with instructions to safely nourish and hydrate before your colonoscopy
  • Using ClearFast as part of your colonoscopy prep to:
    • Reduce dehydration before your colonoscopy
    • Increase your chances of an easier IV “stick”
    • Reduce Post-Op Nausea and Vomiting
    • Reduce anxiety and stress before going in for your colonoscopy
  • How to use ClearFast before your colonoscopy

Now, let’s dig in…

With approximately 15 million colonoscopies performed in the U.S. each year, this routine procedure can often induce anxiety and cause confusion for many—especially as it relates to how to comfortably prepare for the exam and ensure a speedy return to your normal activities.

While colonoscopies certainly aren’t a walk in the park, taking the proper colonoscopy prep steps can make a world of difference in everything from pre-op stress levels to post-op recovery time and comfort. Today, then, we’re breaking down the proactive steps you can take to best prepare your body for a colonoscopy, ensuring this often-dreaded procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Safely Hydrating and Nourishing as Part of your Colonoscopy Prep Procedure
From painful IV sticks to post-op nausea and vomiting, heading into your colonoscopy dehydrated and starved can cause a number of unpleasant side effects. While old-school thought tells us to follow the “no food or drink after midnight” rule, modern medical research and a slew of clinical studies are causing medical professionals to rethink this antiquated advice regarding fasting before surgery. We want our bodies to be as strong and healthy as possible when heading into any medical procedure, which is why safely hydrating and nourishing with the right preop drink is a key when it comes to minimizing pre-op and post-op discomfort.

The Benefits of Using ClearFast Preop Drink as Part of your Colonoscopy Prep Procedure
As an all-natural preoperative carbohydrate drink, ClearFast is rich in complex carbs, zinc, electrolytes, vitamin A, L-Citrulline and selenium—all of which play an important role in proper colonoscopy prep and enhanced recovery after surgery. The benefits of this powerful combination ensure your body is in the best state possible for anesthesia, making for:

  • Reduced Dehydration from the Colon prep liquid
    Taking the prep liquid your doctor prescribes in order to completely flush out your bowel can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Dehydration is something you want to avoid in general, but certainly before anesthesia.
  • Reduced Post-Op Nausea and Vomiting
    Preoperative fasting is largely responsible for the nausea and vomiting many patients experience after undergoing anesthesia. Time and time again, ClearFast customers who, in the past experienced nausea and vomiting upon waking from surgery, report that drinking ClearFast eliminated this problem for them.
  • Easier IV “Sticks”
    Dehydration leads to reduced blood flow, which can often mean multiple, painful IV sticks. Many ClearFast customers report easier, pain-free and one-time-only needle sticks as a result of working our preop drink into their colonoscopy prep routine.
  • Reduced Anxiety and Emotional Stress
    Heading into surgery is never fun—especially when you’re tired, starved and thirsty. Rich in complex carbs and free of simple sugars and colored dyes, ClearFast works to reduce the stress and anxiety that often accompany “going under.” In fact, in a large controlled study, patients in the pre-op area who drank ClearFast were 5.5-6.5 times more likely to describe themselves as “comfortable” than their cohorts who underwent traditional fasting from midnight.

How to Use ClearFast as Part of Your Colonoscopy Prep Procedure

Using ClearFast as part of your colonoscopy prep is safe, simple and—added bonus!—helps to makes that terrible colonoscopy prep liquid go down much smoother. The recommended protocol is four bottles of ClearFast chilled overnight, then consumed in the following manner:

  1. First Bottle: Sip simultaneously with your colonoscopy prep liquid. “Chase” each sip of prep liquid with a sip of chilled ClearFast.
  2. Second Bottle: Drink the night before the procedure (while in the fasting window)
  3. Third Bottle: Finished two hours prior to the procedure
  4. Fourth Bottle: Drink chilled, following the procedure

Ready to take proactive steps to help reduce the stress and discomfort that so often accompany colonoscopies? Order your ClearFast Preop Beverage here, or reach out to the ClearFast team at support@drinkcf.com if you have any questions at all. Our goal, as always, is to help patients everywhere enter into and awake from surgery in the best, most comfortable physical and emotional state possible—and we can’t wait to answer any questions you may have.

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