High-Fibre Diet: Care Instructions

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A high-fibre diet may help you relieve constipation and feel less bloated.

Your doctor and dietitian will help you make a high-fibre eating plan based on your personal needs. The plan will include the things you like to eat. It will also make sure that you get 30 grams of fibre a day.

Before you make changes to the way you eat, be sure to talk with your doctor or dietitian.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • You can increase how much fibre you get if you eat more of certain foods. These foods include:
    • Whole-grain breads and cereals.
    • Fruits, such as pears, apples, and peaches. Eat the skins and peels if you can.
    • Vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, spinach, carrots, asparagus, and squash.
    • Starchy vegetables. These include potatoes with skins, kidney beans, and lima beans.
  • Take a fibre supplement every day if your doctor recommends it. Examples are Benefiber or Metamucil. Ask your doctor how much to take.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, enough so that your urine is light yellow or clear like water. If you have kidney, heart, or liver disease and have to limit fluids, talk with your doctor before you increase the amount of fluids you drink.
  • Get some exercise every day. Exercise helps stool move through the colon. It also helps prevent constipation.
  • Keep a food diary. Try to notice and write down what foods cause gas, pain, or other symptoms. Then you can avoid these foods.

Where can you learn more?

Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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