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The Right Nutrition – Ostomy Food

The Right Nutrition – Ostomy Food
Taikhum Sadiq

Having an ostomy should never stop you from having foods that you like. But one should be careful that the foods do not cause any problem for you. The first step is to always ask your doctor on the foods that are good for your health and also those that are neutral.

One should take care of these points specifically:

  • Regular and Organized eating
  • Drink a good amount of liquids
  • To avoid any blockages, chew your food well
  • Ask your ostomy nurse or a dietician if you require vitamins
  • After surgery, try new foods one at a time, in small quantities.
  • But the important thing is enjoy your food!

There are different foods for different types of ostomies

Colostomy Food – Water is of utmost importance and so you have to consume at least 6-7 cups of water in a day. Fibers and fluid can be obtained from fruits and vegetables and so one should have a good portion of fruits on their plates every day. Do not intake a lot of cereals and grams as they contain a lot of fiber. One should avoid foods like eggs, beans, fish, alcohol, etc in the open as they are odor or gas producing foods and might be awkward in front of other people.

The Right Nutrition – Ostomy Food

Ileostomy Food – One should avoid high fiber foods after this surgery as the ileum is a narrow passage and these foods can cause blockages. One should drink at least 6-8 cups of water in a day. One should slowly increase the consumption of foods such as cereals, mushrooms, peas, nuts, etc. Always remember the fact that different people react differently to different foods. And so you should always consult your doctor if you notice something irregular in your daily life or diet.

Urostomy – Usually, people who undergo a Urostomy do not have to follow a specific diet, unless your doctor advises you to do so. But there are some things that one has to take care of. For example, one should avoid foods like asparagus, eggs, fish, alcohol, onions, etc. as they give a bad odor to your urine and may cause problems for you. But if one does use these foods in their daily life, they might have to take other foods that neutralize the odor. For example, cranberry juice, buttermilk, parsley, and yogurt should be consumed to neutralize the odor.


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