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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 urostomy, please seek the advice of your Stoma Care Nurse. Here’s some general diet advice for urostomists:

Foods for urostomists More info

- Include fruit and vegetables daily
- Have foods high in protein - e.g. meat, fish, eggs, cheese, milk or yoghurt
- Foods classed as carbohydrates - e.g. bread, potatoes, pasta, rice and
breakfast cereals - should make up at least half of your meal
- Include milk and dairy foods two to three times per day as they are rich in calcium - choose lower-fat varieties as a healthier option
- Foods high in vitamin C help make the urine more acidic and so may reduce the risk of infections. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, soft berries, cranberries or cranberry juice (which may help reduce mucus), and blackcurrant cordial
- Some medication may discolour the urine, as can some foods such as beetroot, food dyes, radishes and spinach

Drinks for urostomists More info

- You should aim to drink one-and-a-half to two litres of fluid per day. This should be increased in hot weather or if you sweat a lot e.g. when exercising, or if you have a raised temperature
- If the urine appears dark, this may be a sign that the urine is more concentrated and so you need to drink more to ensure that the urine is dilute. Note: if your urine remains dark, odorous or cloudy, this may be a sign of infection. Please seek advice from your stoma care nurse
- Tea, coffee and alcohol are all diuretics (which make you pass more urine), so it may be advisable to reduce these before bedtime. If you do experience excess urine production at night as a result of this extra fluid intake, you may use an overnight drainage bag to increase the capacity of your pouch. If you are making a long journey, a legbag attachment, discreet under clothes, may be used to increase the capacity of the pouch
- Cranberry juice can also be of benefit for preventing urinary infections. However, please be aware that if you are taking warfarin, you should avoid any products containing cranberries

- Drinking tomato juice may help to reduce odour caused by some foods such as asparagus and fish

Eating well, living well booklet More info

Take a look at our digital booklet about food advice for urostomists — "Eating well, living well." Just click on the image to the right.