Friday, June 3, 2011

What is Clear Liquid Diet

clear liquid diet
What it is
The clear liquid diet allows foods that have no/low residue and fat. This is nutritionally inadequate and should not be given for more than 2 days unless ordered by the doctor. This diet is usually prescribed together with nutrient supplements.

The diet aims to prevent dehydration or, for some reasons, to clear the gastrointestinal tract.

Some Tips

  • Give clear liquids as often as possible to prevent dehydration and to help increase calorie intake. Allow a feeding interval of 2 to 3 hours.
  • Drink a variety of clear liquids like clear or strained juices, jello and fat-free broth.
  • Add salt and/or sugar to the clear liquids to increase electrolytes and/or calories.

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