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Liquid Diets

At times, people with an IBD may need to follow a liquid diet.

This may be for a day or two while preparing for a procedure such as a colonoscopy. In this case, the patient simply drinks clear fluids such as broths and fruit juices until after the procedure.

If people have severe narrowing, they may need to stick to a liquid diet to avoid the risk of getting a blockage. This would typically be followed until surgery to treat the narrowing can be performed.

A liquid diet can also be prescribed for a longer period in order to give the bowels chance to rest and heal (see enteral nutrition). Following a prescribed liquid diet in this way can have success rates comparable to that of treating with steroids. However, compliance rates are low.

If a patient is following a liquid diet for any length of time, there are specialist drinks or shakes to ensure that all the patient's nutritional needs are met.

Sometimes people may wish to supplement their normal diet with nutritional drinks, in order to consume extra calories and prevent malnutrition, particularly with small bowel disease. Nutritional drinks (such as Ensure) are not complete nutrition and should not be used as the sole food source for extended periods.

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05-26-2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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Would juicing qualify as an enteral diet?
I have been trying to juice with alkalyzing vegetables is this a good path?
05-26-2012, 04:21 PM   #2
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While juicing helps some, it would not be considered enteral nutrition. Enteral nutrition would allow you to completely avoid all other meals and still get the nutrition you need. Meaning everything from protein all the way down to needed vitamins and minerals.
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11-01-2017, 03:53 PM   #3
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Any ideas for any supplement drinks that are just protein and/or fat? I have problems with liquid CHO's, and also in England?

The closest I've seen is Calogen but that still has some sugar in.
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