what is the best food to eat after colonoscopy

Congrats! You just finished having colonoscopy. You are hungry and weak. What can you eat after colonoscopy? Can you go from the surgery center to a buffet restaurant?

How your body feels after a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy involves several steps. These steps include restrictions on food, bowel prep, diarrhea, anesthesia, and then the colonoscopy procedure.

These events leave you dehydrated, hungry and weak. You may have electrolyte imbalance. Some patients have inflamed colon from diverticulitis or colitis.  The colon may be partially or completely blocked.

Can you have a light meal immediately after a colonoscopy?

Most people think of food once they wake up from colonoscopy. Some surgery centers will give you a cup of juice once you wake up from anesthesia. You can eat after colonoscopy once you’re fully awake. To hydrate, drink plenty of water, sports drinks, and juices. Avoid alcohol. Your first meal after a colonoscopy should be light, non creamy and non-spicy. Bland diet is ideal as first meal to eat after colonoscopy. Examples include crackers, soups, toasts, eggs, sandwiches, rice, fish, chicken, Your gut is still not completely back to its normal state. You don’t want it to overwork to process certain foods.

Different diets prescribed after a colonoscopy

Diet if you have diverticulosis

A high fiber diet is recommended for patients with diverticulosis. 

Diet if you have severe colitis

There is no specific diet for patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. Neither is there a diet for patients with infectious colitis, microscopic colitis, ischemic colitis or radiation colitis. A low fiber or bland diet may be suggested because this is gentle on your body.

Diet if you have an obstruction

If you have bowel obstruction, you should avoid high fiber diet. A clear liquid diet and low fiber diet are recommended.

Diet if you are have iron deficiency anemia

Patients with iron deficiency anemia have low iron. Certain foods are rich in iron. These include beef or chicken liver, beef, veal, turkey, ham, mussels, clams, oysters, beef, sardines, salmon, halibut, tuna, spinach, lentils, beans, tofu, iron-fortifies cereals and dark chocolate. In addition, you will be placed on iron supplementation.

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