It is gross, isn’t it.
I’m not going to lie to you, colonoscopy preps totally make me gag too. I’m told they’re better now than they were a few years back, which is probably how/when the whole “I hate colonoscopies” movement got started.
It is tempting to cheat and use something less gaggy. I nearly did, but the Catholic in me forced me to ask Dr. Shim why before letting my inner valley girl call the shots. He speaks with such sincerity that you cannot help, but listen. He told me that he only recommends two kinds of prep (both gaggy) because they are the only two that ensure a really clean bowel. He explained how easy it is for that tiny camera to pass over a polyp in its early stages if the bowel isn’t completely clean. That’s also why they say not to eat or drink anything with red food coloring. It will temporarily dye the walls of your colon red which makes it really difficult to see the little carcinogenic varmints.
People love to give advice. It’s always good to listen, but my key advice would be to respect the wishes of the one doing the screening. It’s your life they’ll have in their hands.
A couple prep tips from me would be to suck on fresh lemons after each big swig. I’m not a big Gatorade fan, but many people say it’s good. I use unsweetened cranberry juice (it’s one of the few reds you can have). It’s so bitter, it helps to cover up the smell and taste. Here are 27 insider tips form those who’ve been there and the Colon Cancer Alliance.