Be sure to follow your provider’s colonoscopy prep instructions. To make the process a little easier, try some of these tips:

Chill those fluids

To make bad-tasting liquids more palatable, keep them chilled in the freezer. Try flavoring them with Kool-Aid or Crystal Light, as long as the flavors aren’t red, blue or purple in color.

Use a straw

Drink liquids through a straw placed far back on your tongue.

Drink soda

Carbonation can help you feel less hungry by making your stomach feel full

Try various kinds of soup broth

Strain vegetables or noodles and drink different kinds of soup broth.

Fool your stomach

Hard candies, popsicles and Italian ice can make you feel like you’re eating solid foods, even when you’re not.

There is power in positive thinking. You can do this! Making your colonoscopy appointment is a commitment to yourself and your family that you want to stay healthy. According to Harvard School of Public Health, about 40 percent of all colorectal cancers could be prevented if everyone had regular colonoscopies. Make your appointment for a screening today!