When there are two days to go, stick to the low-fiber diet and go all-natural when you can. Foods with added dyes can mess up the test.
The day before is the biggie. Clear liquids only, and no alcohol. You can choose lightly-colored drinks too, like white grape juice, Crystal Light, Gatorade, and other sports drinks, but don’t pick bright blue or red. The neon colors are a concern to begin with.
Vodka may be part of your “clear liquid diet,” but not today. No solid foods either. Boring, but a must. Obviously, lay off the drugs.
Then there’s the kicker. You will be prescribed a pre-colonoscopy “drink.” It is not delicious but it should come with a flavoring you can add. You’ll drink ½ the night before and the rest in the morning of your colonoscopy. If your exam is in the afternoon, you can drink it all that same day, as Cleveland Clinic notes, but the last sips must be in two hours before your colonoscopy.
Simply follow the prep instructions and mix your laxative beverage and guzzle it down in portions. You can guess what comes next. Bowel preparation is no walk in the park. Be sure you’ve stocked up on wipes my friend.
WHY IS FIBER FORBIDDEN?
The more fiber in your colon, the likelier the colonoscope will get clogged while inside your large intestine poking around. You want to make this as easy as possible, so don’t add roadblocks to an already tight situation.