To ensure that you are socially acceptable, comfortable and confident in handling your bowl excretions, it is important that you master good eating habits and follow a solid routine.
Diet plays an important role in the prevention of constipation and we recommend that you follow a high fibre diet and drink enough water. This includes fresh fruit, raw vegetables, nuts whole wheat bread and rough cereal like All Bran, oats or Weet Bix. Bran can also be included in cereals.
Most quadriplegics make use of natural laxatives such as Senokots (this is not addictive) and suppositories to ensure regular evacuation of the bowls. It is important to get your system into a regular routine as soon as possible.
Everyone is unique. Determine what is the best for you. REMEMBER! Any untimely excretion (stomach/bladder) can lead to embarrassment, but it is not your fault. You have no control. You do however, have control over possible solution – get help as quickly as possible. Keep Imodium at hand for controlling a serious problem.
- Eat three balanced meals daily;
- Minimize greasy food;
- Eat food rich in fibre;
- Avoid sweets, or eat sweets made from natural foods e.g. honey, nuts, seeds, etc.
- Avoid too much salt;
- Lower your alcohol intake and
- Maintain your weight.
A balanced diet will ensure a healthy body which is less inclined to bladder infections, as well as healthy tissue/muscles which will prevent pressure sores.