I read a lot of posts on here from people saying they can't eat this or can't eat that..........and stuff goes right thru them. I'm wondering if you guys are aware of when you should drink liquids. I grew up always drinking something while I ate. Seemed logical to "wash it down". But if you're an ostomate........primarily an ileostomate.......you need to think thru the drinking thing a bit. Most of your digestion takes place in your small bowel. And your stomach acid and bile from your gallbladder are what do the work. So if either isn't doing it's job 100% you'll have more stuff "go right thru you", simply because there's less bowel to do the absorption and what it's seeing isn't properly broken down TO be absorbed.
Your stomach is simply a bag of acid. So adding liquids you drink while eating dilutes that acid, meaning it makes it weaker. So when food hits your stomach and the acid is weaker it doesn't get broken down as much and enters the small bowel in bigger pieces than normal. So you can see how drinking while eating reduces your ability to absorb what you just ate.........which means it'll just head right into your bag. Now if you've had your ileocecal valve removed, which is located right at the end of your small bowel at the terminal ileum.....then you also no longer have the toll booth food has to go thru before entering the colon. So your regulation of the speed of digestive traffic is no longer there, and things flow thru as fast as they can. That's bad enough, now imagine there's a tidal wave of liquid right behind it and in your bag it goes!
So none of this might mean anything to most, but if you want to see if you can eat or tolerate something.....make sure not to drink anything while doing so. The rule of thumb is not to drink until 20 minutes after you ate something. This gives the stomach a chance to do its thing at full concentration and won't flush what you just ate down the highway and into that bagaroonie of yours. Just another thing to be conscious of in the wonder world of ostomates.
Keep your stick on the ice,