Clear Liquid Diet
Why Do You Need to Know About Clear Liquid Diets?
- A sugar and water combination recommended in a Clear Liquid Diet is well absorbed by intestinal illnesses.
- The calories of the sugar are needed by the body.
- Liquid is needed to prevent dehydration.
- Dehydration and loss of sugar will slow your intestine’s recovery. While plain water is also good, but sugary liquids provide energy and calories lost in vomiting and diarrhea.
- Sugary clear syrups and liquids sooth the nausea that cause vomiting. Some valuable anti-vomiting medications, like Emetrol are based this principle.
Excessive diarrhea or vomiting may cause damage to the intestine which absorbs food and there is difficulty absorbing proteins and fats. So when you eat these foods you prolong or further harm any intestinal problem you may be suffering from.
What is A Clear Liquid Diet?
Clear liquids are transparent water like liquids. It may come in different colors, but you can still see through it with no chunks, creams or other solids in it. Most Clear Liquid Diets consist of sugar and water or clear broth.
- Clear liquid snack drinks like HiC or other juice boxes
- Kool Aid
- Popsicles, Flavored Jell-O
- Bullion or clear broth (with no fat)
- Grape, cranberry, and apple juices (no citrus)
- Sodas must be non-caffeinated, without artificial sweeteners. It is also best that most of the carbonation should be gone.
Clear Liquid Diet for Diarrhea:
In cases of severe diarrhea, it is important to prevent dehydration and allow the intestines heal. You will need to provide energy, such as found in sugar, for basic recovery for illness. Drink as much liquid as you can, in small quantities of the broth or bullion.
Clear Liquid Diet for Vomiting and Nausea:
Vomiting is more problematic since it is difficult to keep drinks down. You may wish to use some Over the Counter medications to stop the vomiting before you start consuming any food or drink. And wait at least an hour until you feel settled.
- Start the Clear Liquid Diet slowly taking only a few small sips at a time. Wait 15 minutes and try again if you were successful.
- If you don’t vomit for an hour, try 1 glass an hour sipping slowly. Start again, if you vomit again.
Resuming a Normal Diet:
If you have not had diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours, start taking small amounts of bland foods like crackers or toast . Do not use butter, oil, cheese or other toppings. If that well tolerated for a day, you may resume a normal diet:
Foods to avoid during recovery:
- Avoid dairy products
- Avoid spicy and fried foods
Do not stop breast feeding or giving formula. Studies have shown that diarrhea and vomiting in infants is not worse when resuming these activities after 12 hours of clear liquids. While breast feeding can be started immediately, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends re-introducing the use of formula slowly, and, see your pediatrician.