Fiber helps move stool through the
intestines. Better movement in the intestinal area may make your bowel
management program easier. Eat 25 to 35 grams of fiber every day. Foods high in
fiber include whole-grain foods (such as bran cereals or whole wheat bread),
fresh fruits, dried or stewed fruits (such as prunes, raisins, or apricots),
and raw or root vegetables (such as carrots, turnips, or
Fluids keep the stool soft and can help prevent
urinary tract infections (UTIs) and
bladder stones. They also keep mucus watery and easy
to cough up, which can help prevent lung problems. Water is always the best
choice for fluids. Try to drink 8 to 10 glasses of liquid [8 fl oz (250 mL) each] every day. Check with your doctor, since your bladder
program might affect how much fluid you can drink.
Protein contributes to tissue and muscle growth and
helps prevent their breakdown. So protein can help prevent pressure sores and help
them heal more quickly. Meat, poultry, fish, and eggs are the best sources of
protein. Other sources include legumes, nuts, and milk and milk
You may want to limit how many high-fat foods you eat, as these types
of food may make it harder to control your bowel program.
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For more information on a healthy diet and weight, see the topics
Healthy Eating and Weight Management.
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March 12, 2014
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