Gastroenterology Health: What is a Clear Liquid Diet

What is the Point of a Clear Diet?

A clear diet is designed to clean and reset your digestive tract. Tests like colonoscopies, as well as other surgeries require a clean and clear digestive tract. When your digestive system is clear your doctor can more accurately, and easily identify and diagnose any potential problems. A clear liquid diet can also address the symptoms of other medical conditions like diverticulitisCrohn’s disease, and diarrhea. Any undigested residue as a result of these issues can be cleared away with a clear liquid diet. 

What Can You Consume on a Clear Liquid Diet?

While a clear liquid diet may seem restrictive and unappealing, you actually have more options than you may guess. Practicing this diet for as long as it’s prescribed can be much more pleasant if you mix up your menu. Here are some of the items that you can include in a clear liquid diet.

  • Ginger Ale
  • Ice Chips
  • Soft Drinks
  • Fat-Free Broth
  • Pulp-Free Juices
  • Strained Tomato or Other Vegetable Juice
  • Clear Soups
  • Water
  • Coffee or Tea Without Dairy Products
  • Plain Gelatin
  • Popsicles
  • Honey
  • Hard Candy

Once again, a clear liquid diet is a short term plan. It cannot provide the vitamins, fats, minerals, and other nutritional components that your body needs. However, it can help to resolve certain digestive issues, and prepare you for surgery and other medical procedures.

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