Dietary information is reviewed with all patients to assist in improving bowel function. Patients are provided with written informational handouts regarding foods that are high in fiber or foods that stimulate or slow transit. Offering creative fiber alternatives, which may be more appealing for patients to easily incorporate in their daily diet regimen, assists with compliance. Such alternatives include unrefined wheat bran that can be easily mixed with a variety of foods, cereals, muffins, as well as over-the-counter bulking agents. Adequate fluid intake and limiting caffeine intake is essential for normal bowel and bladder function; therefore, patients are encouraged to increase their fluid intake to 64 ounces per day unless otherwise prescribed by their physician.
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