Ileostomy lifestyle advice ileostomy

“An ileostomy doesn’t have to hold you back”

I’m just as ambitious as I was before I had my ileostomy. I’d even say it’s made me even more determined to succeed. With the right advice nobody even needs to know you have a stoma so you can just get on with life as you did before. Your stoma care nurse is on hand to help when you need them and there are so many support organisations set up for ileostomists. Order your supplies from Salts Medilink and you’ll automatically extend your support network because they have customer care centres all over the UK.

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You should be able to eat normal foods and, just like everyone else, you need to eat a well-balanced diet. If you have any concerns about your diet and its effect on your ileostomy, please seek the advice of your stoma care nurse. Here’s some general diet advice for ileostomists:

• Eat regularly - at least 3 times a day. This helps to ensure your stoma functions efficiently and helps avoid wind. Some people find that smaller regular meals suit them better and prefer not to eat late at night
• Always chew food well and eat slowly. This will aid digestion
• Vary your foods. Experiment and try everything in small amounts, and gradually increase quantities. If something disagrees with you, avoid it for a couple of weeks, then try a small amount again
• Include high-fibre foods to reduce the risk of constipation. Fibre is found in fruit, vegetables, wholemeal bread, wheatgrain cereals, brown rice and wholemeal pasta
• Switch to low-fat foods. If you find you can’t tolerate high fat foods such as cream, cheese and chocolate, try alternatives like semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, lower fat cheese and low-fat spreads
• Drink plenty of fluids – approximately 2 litres each day. This can include tea and coffee, but water and squash are preferable

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