This is a paid for advertorial in collaboration with SENOcalm but all thoughts and experiences are my own.
LIFE IS 101 MILES AN HOUR RIGHT NOW AND IT FEELS GREAT. I am happy to say I seem to have clawed my health back and built up my immune system to a normal degree of healthy after my traumatic January (Tonsillitis 3 times in 6 weeks is not cool). Whoooopee! Now back to focusing on my lifelong ailment, IBS and my ever irritable and irrational gut. I’m not going to lie though; it’s been hard to spare a thought for my large intestine when I’m busy dashing around grabbing food on the go. Luckily I’ve had a bit of extra support these last few weeks…
Back in January 2016 many of you will have read my first ever post in my Rebalancing Myself series (you can read it here if you missed it). Although the blog series is about covering all aspects of wellbeing and mindfulness the motivation to start came from my on-going battle with IBS.
A quick recap
I have had digestive issues for as long as I can remember. At first it was a dairy intolerance; a bowl of cereal would leave me frozen in pain on the floor for 5 minutes before rushing to the loo. Then the triggers then became less precise, fatty foods, alcohol, caffeine, the list went on. Then there were the non-food based triggers like excess exercise and stress. Side note: the mind and gut are comrades in arms. You f**k one off and the other will make your life hell when you have IBS.
After years of testing and elimination led me to the very vague and underwhelming diagnosis of IBS; irritable bowel syndrome. It’s particularly common in women! I feel this is may be because we are the more emotionally complex sex however; this is a conversation for another time 😉
On a good day my toilet habits are non urgent and controlled. On a bad day I don’t know when it will hit; cramping, the pain, the sudden gas, the need to go. The bloating is also a part of daily life 🙁
I’ve pretty much given up on the cure. There isn’t one and I just need to treat myself kindly and everything is manageable. I was sent some capsules to try out a few weeks ago. I never say no to trying out a new product because IBS is a super unique condition and everyone reacts differently. Senocalm is my latest product on trial that provides relief from IBS gas related symptoms. It contains anti-foaming agent simethicone to help get relief from bloating and discomfort, and painful spasms and cramps but is gentle on the body.
I first tried it out after dinner (potato’s, chicken breast, roasted vegetables and lots of paprika and Tabasco) 2 glasses of red wine, something I know my tummy doesn’t like. 5 minutes after digesting the tablets I burped a peppermint burp. An unexpected side effect I experienced after taking Senocalm is fresh breath. 3 hours later when I was changing for bed I looked in the mirror and my stomach was still flat. I stood looking at it from all angles. Even pushed it out to replicate the 7-month pregnancy belly I have most nights before bed. To be continued I thought….
3 days later…
And life has continued on and I’ve been reaching for Senocalm after meals and before bed.
It’s worth pointing out here I haven’t actively eaten onions and garlic (2 of my worst trigger foods) because I don’t want to subject my body to the pain and bloating I get when I eats these foods. I’m well aware there is no miracle pill to keep my belly calm and unaffected by any foods. However, I am really pleased to report that I personally experienced about 70% less bloating and 50% less gas after a meal when I took Senocalm.
I will continue to keep Senocalm and carry on…. I can see something like this helping me out on days when I am dining out or at dinner parties when I am less in control of what I eat. It’s also amazing for days that I am shooting for the blog because I often skip meals to stop myself from bloating out and now I’m more confident to eat whilst in front of camera.
Do you suffer from IBS? Would you be interested in trying this out?
If you are interested in learning a few handy tips on how to tackle the pressures of the daily grind and help re-balance the digestive system with meditation and mindfulness techniques from expert Emma Mills click here.
I trialled Senocalm over a 7 day period.
Shot by Alise Jane. Full outfit is New Look.
Senocalm is a medical device. Always read the instructions. This information is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. This product is not intended to relieve constipation or diarrhoea. This blog post is intended for audiences in the UK only.
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