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Urostomy - food and drink hints and tips

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The most important thing to consider when you have a urostomy is the risk of urinary tract infections. You can avoid this by continuously flushing your urinary tract through by:

  • Drinking around 2-3 litres of fluids per day (that’s around 10-11 large glasses or 13 mugs of liquid)
  • Eating foods that are high in Vitamin C - this makes urine acidic and helps prevent infections
  • Drinking at least two glasses of cranberry juice a day

Cranberry juice can help avoid urinary tract infections and reduce the amount of mucus that your stoma produces. If you don’t like cranberry juice, you can get cranberry tablets from chemists and health food stores (NB. don't drink cranberry or grapefruit juice if you are taking warfarin).

Having a urostomy means that you don't have any dietary restrictions so you can have a normal diet. Some things worth bearing in mind include:

  • Fish, onions, garlic and asparagus can make your urine smelly
  • After eating beetroot, your urine (and sometimes your stools) will often be pink
  • Urine crystals can sometimes form in the stoma. Drinking cranberry juice can help reduce the formation of these crystals - if they do form, they can be dissolved using a cloth dampened with white vinegar

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