Nutrition Series: Tips for Diarrhea, Constipation and a Low-Bacteria Diet

Nutrition Series: Tips for Diarrhea, Constipation and a Low-Bacteria Diet

November 2, 2019 0 By Ewald Bahringer


Nutrition tips for: Diarrhea, Constipation
and a Low Bacteria Diet To keep our bodies as strong as possible,
it is important to eat the right types and amounts of food, and drink the right types
and amounts of fluids. Protein, fats, carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals are all needed
to help our bodies work their best. Nutrition is very important when you have
cancer. The type of cancer you have can change the way your body handles food or fluids. Cancer treatment may also lead to side effects
that change your desire to, or ability to take in needed nutrition. The following information will help you to
understand why it is important to take in enough healthy foods and fluids while you
are receiving cancer treatment. It will also give you some tips for how to follow a nutritious
diet during this time. This video will also provide information to
help manage certain side effects that you could have during your cancer treatment. You
may or may not have any of these side effects. These side effects may happen at different
times during your cancer care. You may want to watch this video again, at a later date,
to review the nutrition tips that meet your needs. In this video, we will include ways to deal
with: diarrhea; constipation; and information on a low-bacteria diet. Talk to your health care team about any side
effects you may have from your cancer treatment, including concerns with taking in food or
fluids. Be sure to tell your doctor about over-the-counter vitamins or supplements that
you take currently or are thinking about taking. It is important to make sure they are safe
and will not affect your treatment. Your doctor may suggest that you talk to a
registered dietician who can give you ideas for eating and drinking, including the foods
and fluids you should, or should not have, based on your nutrition needs. Taking in the right nutrition during cancer
treatment can help you: maintain your strength to do your everyday activities, like climbing
stairs, lifting laundry baskets or duties at work; maintain your weight and prevent
weight loss during your treatment; manage side effects you may have from your cancer
treatment; lower your chance of getting an infection…and may help you heal faster. Eating and drinking a healthy diet during
this time may not be easy. Here are some tips to help you deal with nutrition problems you
may have during cancer treatment. It is important to remember that each person
responds differently to cancer treatment. You may, or may not, have any of these problems. Diarrhea, or frequent loose stools, is a side
effect you may have during your cancer treatment. Here are some ideas to help you control this
problem: If you have diarrhea during treatment, you
may find it helpful to eat 5 to 6 small meals or snacks each day. It is also important to drink non-caffeinated
fluids to replace the fluids you are losing. Sip liquids slowly, and as often as possible.
Try fluids at room temperature. Non-acidic juices—such as apple, pear, or
peach—as well as sports drinks, soups, crackers, or bananas, may be helpful. Do not eat foods that are greasy, spicy, fatty,
fried, or very sweet. These foods may make your loose stools worse. Do not drink milk or eat milk products, such
as cheese. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, and
other gas-forming, high-fiber foods, can increase your diarrhea. Constipation, or difficulty having a bowel
movement without straining, can be a different side effect caused by your cancer treatment,
pain medicine, changes in your food intake, or changes in your activity. Constipation
can make you feel uncomfortable and make it more difficult to eat and drink like you should. If you have this problem: Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. You should
try to drink 8 to 10, eight ounce glasses of fluid each day. A warm or hot drink may
help you to have a bowel movement. Exercise daily, if possible, or on days when
you feel you are able. Your doctor may suggest eating more high-fiber
foods, such as whole grain breads and cereals, fresh fruits, vegetables, and beans. Your doctor may also order medicine, such
as a stool softener or laxative. Take this medicine as directed. Sometimes your cancer or your cancer treatment
may weaken your immune system. Your immune system helps your body fight off infection.
If you have this problem, your doctor may tell you to eat a low bacteria diet. This is sometimes called an immuno-compromised
diet, You will receive special instructions about this diet, including: Information on how to prepare and store your
food; certain types of food and drinks you should not have during this time; and, directions
on how to make safe choices when eating or drinking at restaurants or public events. We hope this video has helped you to better
understand ways to maintain a healthy food and fluid intake during your cancer treatment.
Talk to your doctor about the best nutrition plan for you to follow to keep feeling your
best. Write down any questions you might have for
your healthcare team and bring them with you to each appointment. We are honored to care for you during your
cancer treatment. Thank you for choosing The James.