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About PSC

the liver & treatment
URSO & Questran
related conditions
ulcerative colitis
low fat
clear liquids
crohn's disease
fibre restricted
anal fissure, abscess & fistula
rectal bleeding
related procedures
liver biopsy
liver transplant

Additional support
herbs and supplements











Clear Liquids


A diet of clear liquids maintains vital body fluids, salts, and minerals; and also gives some energy for patients when normal food intake must be interrupted. Clear liquids are easily absorbed by the body. They reduce stimulation of the digestive system, and leave no residue in the intestinal tract. This is why a clear liquid diet is often prescribed in preparation for surgery, and is generally the first diet given by mouth after surgery. Clear liquids are given when a person has been without food by mouth (NPO) for a long time. This diet is also used in preparation for medical tests such as sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or certain x-rays.

Nutrition Facts
A clear liquid diet is not adequate in calories and nutrients. It should not be used for more than five days unless high-protein gelatin or other low-residue supplements are added.

What is a clear liquid?
A good rule-of-thumb is anything you can see through. For example, apple juice is a clear liquid; milk is not.

Preparing for a medical test
It is important that the clear liquid diet be followed exactly. Remember that the value of the examination will depend on getting a thoroughly clean digestive tract.

Milk & milk products none all
Vegetables none all
Fruits fruit juices without pulp nectars; all fresh, canned, and frozen fruits
Breads & grains none all
Meat or meat substitutes none all
Fats & oils none all
Sweets & desserts gelatin, fruit ice, popsicle without pulp, clear hard candy all others
Beverages coffee; tea; soft drinks; water; lactose-free, low residue supplements if approved by doctor all others
Soups bouillon, consommé fat free broth all others