you can all so make tea by cooking fresh ginger in water and make hot or cold tea
cold tea you can add lemon lime soda ..
Don't forget, you need 2x the normal daily salt allowance with an ileo.¬†¬†Sports drink & canned vegetables are a great source!¬†¬†You will probably need B12 shots, too. (not bad, feel like plucking a hair)¬†¬†To rebuild your strength & blood, eat small amounts of protein 6-8 times/day.¬†¬†If you eat it all at once your body will store most as fat.¬†¬†The key is feeding it only what it can manage at once.¬†¬†Hard boiled eggs, creamy peanut butter, yogurt....I swear I was so tired of them I didn't eat any for a couple years after healing, lol.
Thanks banshie for the nutrition info, I'd heard bits and pieces about the B vitamins and other nutrients being something to keep an eye on for those with an ileostomy before, but haven't really followed up on that like I should.¬†¬†I think I will see about getting some complete blood work very soon to find out if I should be getting B12 boosts and anything else.
Vit B12 is absorbed in only one location in the small intestine.¬†¬†If that area is removed or damaged, decreased to null absorption.
I had my ileum & bits removed due to stricture & multiple perforations 1st surgery, had to start B12 then; 4 more bits & pieces of descending, transverse & ascending @ 2nd surgery, with a colostomy @ the sigmoid d/t more perfs & sepsis.¬†¬†3rd surg was to finish 2nd. I joke that I have a sigmoid ileostomy since my effluent is ileo-like.¬†¬†It was funny to see the GI's face when I told him that.¬†¬†
For IBD, food is a biggy.¬†¬†Perservatives & processed foods being the main culprits. (hint: IBD is rare in "3rd world" countries, on the rise in "developed" countries.)¬†¬†Like, Lawrys Seasoning Salt kills my gut....but all the same herbs in whole form just ground fresh I can have.¬†¬†Yes, I still eat wasabi -- fresh.¬†¬†I can eat spicy hummus & salsa, too. (Hummus is great source of protein, fyi)¬†¬†Now it's like being on a sugar-free diet for 5 years.¬†¬†I can tell by the smell if salsa has preservatives in it.
Okay, I'm raambling.¬†¬†later, Marcella