A woman who hid her bloated “balloon belly” for years said she “feels like a new person” since taking vitamins to help manage her symptoms.
Matilda Hopkinson, 25, from London, noticed changes in her body at the age of 14 and started experiencing abdominal pain so severe that she missed school and fell behind in her schoolwork.
In her late teens, Matilda, a partnership manager, became more self-conscious about her appearance and began avoiding social events that required her to wear tight clothes.
After being diagnosed with IBS at age 20, she tried medication that relieved her symptoms somewhat — but she said her symptoms didn’t eventually go away until she tried a detoxifying vitamin treatment recommended by a friend.
Matilda Hopkinson, 25, from London, who wore tracksuits for years and canceled plans to hide her ‘balloon belly’, said she ‘feels like a new person’ after tackling her extreme bloated stomach. Matilda’s stomach is pictured before and after trying a new detoxifying vitamin cure
Matilda, pictured aged 25, tried changes to her diet and medication, but it wasn’t until she tried a detoxifying vitamin treatment recommended by a friend that her symptoms finally subsided
Matilda told FEMAIL: “I started noticing my bloating when I was about 14 years old, about the same time your body starts to change and you hit puberty.
“I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted without noticing any changes or reactions, but then all of a sudden the bloating started, it really felt like it happened overnight.”
In her early teens, Matilda would have to miss school because of her severe stomach pain and she slept because of her fear of the condition.
“It was kind of confusing when I was younger because not many of my friends, in fact, I don’t think any of them suffered from the bloating symptoms I had,” she said.
Matilda, pictured before and after trying the vitamin detox, spent years wearing tracksuits and canceling plans to hide her ‘balloon belly’ and missed school in her younger years due to the intense pain
As she entered her late teens, Matilda became more “self-conscious and embarrassed” and would try to cover her bloated stomach. She is pictured wearing a t-shirt in the sea during a trip to the beach
“I had a terrible stomachache that really distracted me from school, and I had to take time off because the pain was so severe.
“There were nights when I couldn’t sleep and the more I worried about it, the worse it got, then I realized I had to get help.”
Doctors advised her to cut out gluten and keep a food diary, but nothing helped reduce her bloating, while Matilda insisted, “I really felt like I’d tried everything.”
As she entered her late teens, Matilda became “more self-conscious and embarrassed” about her bloated stomach, regularly comparing her body to other women her age.
Doctors advised her to cut out gluten and keep a food diary, but nothing helped reduce her bloating, while Matilda insisted, “I really felt like I’d tried everything.” She is pictured enjoying a croissant on holiday after starting her vitamin detox
“I think as you get older you become more aware of your body and the fad diet trend starts, especially girls compare their bodies more than they used to compared to when they were younger,” she said.
“So having a belly like a balloon was obviously very uncomfortable and not very good for my confidence. The bloating made me feel bigger than I was, and I would constantly compare myself to others.
“I also found myself canceling things to avoid having to wear clothes that would make it noticeable and more painful. I just wanted to wear tracksuits.”
Stomach cramps, pain and bloating: what is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the digestive system.
It causes symptoms such as stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. These come and go over time and can last for days, weeks or months.
It is usually a lifelong problem. It can be very frustrating to live with and can have a major impact on your daily life.
There is no cure, but diet changes and medications can often help control symptoms.
The exact cause is unknown — it’s been linked to things like food passing through your gut too fast or too slow, hypersensitive nerves in your gut, stress, and a family history of IBS.
The extreme bloating had a “very big effect” on her life, often canceling plans at the last minute and turning down invitations to social events because of the pain and discomfort.
“It also made me lose confidence in my body and how I looked, because with bloating I was unable to feel good about myself.
“The bloating would make me have so little confidence in myself that I would just cancel events. I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting dressed so I would send in tracks most of the time as they hid my bloating and didn’t constrict.
“It was a struggle to love my body when the bloating made me feel so much bigger than I was. You can’t really feel sexy or love yourself when your belly is like a balloon.’
After numerous scans and tests, Matilda was diagnosed with IBS by her gynecologist and was prescribed Buscopan and Colperman to relieve her symptoms.
“There was a slight relief from the bloating, but it was still there and still uncomfortable,” she said.
‘For it to work I had to take it for at least a month and they were drugs that I didn’t want to use for a long time. I wanted something that would naturally support my body and fit easily into my daily routine.”
She said people often don’t understand how difficult it is to live with an “invisible disease,” stressing that it wasn’t just the physical aspects of the condition that bothered her.
“I think it’s hard to deal with if you haven’t experienced it,” she said. “I don’t think people realize how uncomfortable it is because it’s not just about how you look, it’s about the pain that comes with it.
“That’s the problem with an invisible disease, unless you’ve experienced it before, it’s impossible to deal with.”
Matilda has since discovered JSHealth’s Detox + Debloat Vitamins after a recommendation from a friend, which she said started showing results within two weeks.
‘I love how the ingredients are all natural and there to support your body to do what it naturally needs to do to help detoxify and digest. I rarely get bloated anymore and when I do the symptoms are not like they used to be.
Matilda no longer needs to keep a food diary and can enjoy social experiences more now that she doesn’t have to worry about her bloated stomach
After discovering JSHealth’s Detox + Debloat Vitamins following a recommendation from a friend, Matilda, photographed LR after starting the detox, saying she saw results within two weeks and saying it was “although a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.” ‘
“I now recommend JSHealth to everyone, especially now that I know there is a solution, one must now deal with debilitating symptoms of bloating.”
She described the treatment as ‘a breath of fresh air’ and said that ‘a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders’.
‘I felt like a new woman, I breathed new life. An enormous amount of stress disappeared, I found a love for more body and my self-confidence grew and starts to grow even more.
“I don’t have to worry about bloating anymore, I don’t have to cancel plans because of my bloating, and I don’t have to spend my life in tracksuits anymore.
“I can eat whatever I want, I can go out with friends and I don’t have to worry about what happens when I get bloated because I now know what to do, I have a solution.”