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18 Apr 2006

I am a 38 year old female with a height of 1,65m and weigh 58kg. I exercise six days a week, mostly early in the morning. I suffer from a spastic colon and of late started to take a shake to replace breakfast and lunch. I then eat a fibre rich balanced supper and try to drink six glasses of water daily. I take a multi vitamin as supplement. My motivation to drinking the shakes is to give my colon a rest ie. not overloading it with food to digest. My questions on which I need assistance on are:

Is this the right approach as sufferers of a spastic colon is advised to eat six small meals a day?
Will my metabolism slow down as I am not eating breakfast?
Will my colon loses its ability to function as it is only digesting one meal per day?
Is it harmfull to take Movicol once a week to assist the colon?

In conclusion, after a week of following this approach (2 shakes, one meal) I feel good and my spastic colon is under control.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Curious
If this approach is assisting you with your spastic colon and you feel better then it may well be a solution. You are ingesting energy and probably also protein for breakfast from the shake, so you should not slow down your metabolism. Your colon should also not lose its function seeing that the shakes do contain protein, etc. Taking a mild laxative once a week should not cause any harm either, as long as you don't have to revert to using a laxative every day (this can interfere with normal bowel movements). Please keep in mind that one of the most important factors in spastic colon is stress. To relieve stress I would recommend that you should learn relaxing techniques, how to do deep breathing exercises and some form of physical exercise which is also relaxing, such as yoga. Going for brisk walks in the fresh air also helps to relieve tension.
Best regards
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