A Clear Liquid Diet

The Day Before Your Surgery : What You Should Eat/ Drink
A Clear Liquid Diet
Purpose
A diet of clear liquids maintains vital body fluids, salts, and minerals; and also gives
some energy for you 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 prescribed in
preparation for your surgery.
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. If unsure, check with the surgeon or nurse.
Example of what is included on a CLEAR LIQUID DIET
Food Groups
Group Recommend
Avoid
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