Following a liquid diet may lead to gastrointestinal distress such as constipation, making you feel uncomfortable and bloated. Most of the time, this is a temporary side effect and resolves itself. If constipation causes pain or if it occurs for several days, let your doctor know. It may be an underlying symptom of another issue. Your doctor may request that you follow a liquid diet before undergoing a medical procedure or surgery. Clear liquid diets limit your food intake to anything you can see through that does not have any food particles. For example, you can have juice, but not juice with pulp.
It’s usually prescribed for a short time before a medical test, procedure, or surgery, or if you need to give your gastrointestinal system a rest. A clear liquid diet keeps you hydrated, but it doesn’t provide any solids that have to be digested or pass through your intestinal tract. A clear liquid diet is easy to digest, reduces strain on your digestive tract, and doesn’t contribute any residue to your colon. Although it’s very low in calories and most nutrients, it can still provide some glucose and electrolytes, so it will keep you hydrated and provide a small amount of nutrition for the time you’re required to follow it. This type of diet may be recommended for a number of reasons, most notably as part of your bowel prep for a colonoscopy or in preparation for surgery or a procedure like an endoscopy. A clear liquid diet is also used within two hours prior to and immediately following bariatric surgery, per recommendations from the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery ERAS Society start a clear liquid diet within a few hours after surgery and work with a dietitian to advance the diet as you’re ready. It’s also used to give the stomach and intestines the chance to rest and heal from an illness or health condition that affects your gastrointestinal tract. If you have a stomach bug, following a clear liquid diet can help prevent dehydration and minimize any vomiting or diarrhea. In the case of diverticulitis, a small percentage of people have had serious complications from eating solid foods. Therefore, recommendations published in the Annals of Internal Medicine state that you should stick to a clear liquid diet for several days as symptoms improve before advancing to a low-fiber diet. If you have an inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, you may benefit from a clear liquid diet for a short time if you have a serious flare-up with severe diarrhea. However, guidelines published in Clinical Nutrition recommend using a more complete liquid nutrition supplement or a low-residue low-fiber diet whenever possible because of the high risk of malnutrition associated with inflammatory bowel disease.
Begin Miralax twice daily, per package directions, 7 days prior to procedure. You will not take it on the day of your prep day before procedure. Start a liquid no solid foods diet from the moment of waking up on the day before the procedure. Taking care of your health is important. We are ready to help you stay healthy with many same-day appointments available. We are taking every precaution to ensure your safety.