Woman, 25, had 'balloon tummy' due to her extreme bloating

Woman, 25, who spent years hiding her bloated ‘balloon tummy’ under baggy tracksuits says she ‘feels like a new person’ since taking vitamins to treat her symptoms

  • Matilda Hopkinson, 25, from London noticed changes in her body at age of 14 
  • Tried cutting our gluten and kept a food diary but says nothing helped bloating 
  • After being diagnosed with IBS at the age of 20 doctors prescribed medication
  • It wasn’t until trying a new vitamin detox treatment her symptoms disappeared  

A woman who spent years hiding her bloated ‘balloon tummy’ said she ‘feels like a new person’ since taking vitamins to tackle her symptoms. 

Matilda Hopkinson, 25, from London, noticed changes in her body at the age of 14 and began experiencing stomach pains so intense she missed school and fell behind in her classwork. 

In her late teens, Matilda, a partnerships manager, became more self-conscious about her appearance and began avoiding social events where she would have to wear tight clothing.  

After being diagnosed with IBS aged 20, she tried medication which slightly eased her symptoms – but said it wasn’t until trying a detoxing vitamin treatment recommended by a friend that her symptoms finally disappeared. 


Matilda Hopkinson, 25, from London, who spent years wearing tracksuits and cancelling plans to hide her ‘balloon tummy’ said she ‘feels like a new person’ after tackling her extreme stomach bloating. Matilda’s stomach is pictured before and after trying a new detoxing vitamin treatment

Matilda, pictured aged 25, tried dietary changes and medication but it wasn’t until trying a detoxing vitamin treatment recommended by a friend that her symptoms finally disappeared 

Matilda told FEMAIL: ‘I began to notice my bloating when I was around 14 years old, about the same time that 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 honestly felt like it just happened overnight.’ 

In her early teenage years, Matilda would have to miss school because of her intense stomach pains and was struggling to sleep because of her anxiety about the condition. 

‘It was quite confusing when I was younger because not many of my friends, in fact I don’t think any of them were suffering with the bloating symptoms I was’, she said. 


Matilda, pictured before and after trying the vitamin detox, spent years wearing tracksuits and cancelling plans to hide her ‘balloon tummy’ and in her younger years missed school because of the intense pain

As she entered her late teens, Matilda became more ‘self-conscious and embarrassed’ and would try and cover up her bloated stomach. She is pictured wearing a t-shirt in the sea during a trip to the beach 

‘I had awful stomach pains which would really distract me from school, and I would have to take time off because the pain was so intense. 

‘There were nights that I couldn’t sleep and the more I stressed about it the worse it got, this was when I realised I needed to seek help.’ 

Doctors advised her to cut out gluten and keep a food diary, but nothing helped to ease her bloating, with Matilda insisting: ‘I honestly felt like I tried everything.’ 

As she entered her late teens, Matilda became more ‘self-conscious and embarrassed’ about her bloated stomach, and would frequently compare her body to other women her age. 

Doctors advised her to cut out gluten and keep a food diary, but nothing helped to ease her bloating, with Matilda insisting: ‘I honestly felt like I 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 begins, girls especially compare their bodies more than they did compared to when they were younger’, she said.

‘So having a belly like a balloon naturally was 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 did also find myself cancelling things to avoid having to wear clothes that might make it noticeable and more painful, all I wanted to do was 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 like stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. These tend to come and go over time, and can last for days, weeks or months at a time.

It’s usually a lifelong problem. It can be very frustrating to live with and can have a big impact on your everyday life.

There’s no cure, but diet changes and medicines can often help control the symptoms.

The exact cause is unknown – it’s been linked to things like food passing through your gut too quickly or too slowly, oversensitive nerves in your gut, stress and a family history of IBS.

 Source: NHS

The extreme bloating had a ‘really big effect’ on her life, often cancelling plans last minutes and declining invitations to social events  due to the pain and discomfort.

‘It also made me lose confidence in my body and how I looked, as being bloated it was impossible to feel good about myself.  

‘I would have so little confidence in myself because of the bloating that I would just cancel events. I wouldn’t feel comfortable of confident to dress up, so would send most of the time in tracks as they hid my bloating and weren’t constricting.

‘It was a battle to love my body, when the bloating made me feel so much bigger than I was. You can’t exactly feel sexy or love yourself when your tummy is like a balloon.’ 

After numerous scans and tests, Matilda was diagnosed with IBS by her gynaecologist and was prescribed with Buscopan and Colperman to ease her symptoms. 

‘There was a slight relief from the bloating but it was still there and still uncomfortable’, she said. 

‘In order for it to take effect I had to take it for at least a month and they were medications that I didn’t want to be on for a long time. I wanted something that supported my body naturally and easily fit into my daily routine.’ 

She said that people often don’t understand how difficult it is living with an ‘invisible disease’, insisting that it’s not just the physical aspects of the condition that bothered her. 

‘I think it is a hard thing to relate to if you haven’t experienced it’, she said. ‘I don’t think people realise how uncomfortable it is, as it’s not just about how you look, it’s the pain that also goes with it. 

‘That’s the trouble with an invisible disease, unless you have experienced it before, it’s impossible to relate to.’ 

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 are there to support your body do what it naturally needs to do to help detoxify and digest. I rarely get bloated any more and when I do the symptoms are nothing like they used to be. 

Matilda no longer has to keep a food diary and can enjoy social experiences more now she’s not concerned about her stomach bloating 


After discovering JSHealth’s Detox + Debloat Vitamins after a recommendation from a friend, Matilda, pictured L-R after starting the detox, said she saw results within two weeks and said it’s ‘though a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders’

‘I recommend JSHealth to everyone now, especially now I know that there is a solution, now one should have to deal with debilitating symptoms of bloating.’ 

She described the treatment as a ‘breath of fresh air’ and said it’s ‘though a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.’ 

‘I felt like a new woman, I have a new lease of life. A huge amount of stress disappeared, I found a love for more body and my confidence grew and is beginning to grow even more.

‘I no longer have to worry about bloating, I no longer have to cancel plans because of my bloating, and I no longer have to spend my life in tracksuits. 

‘I can eat what I want, I can go out with friends and I don’t need to stress about what happens if I get bloated, because I now know what to do, I have a solution.’ 

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