Suggested Foods To Avoid During A C. difficle Infection

The nutritional intake during the treatment and post-c. diff. infection can be challenging. The clear liquid diet is recommended for three days, any prolonged use of this diet will result in poor nutrition.

There are certain food and food groups that a patient may consider  avoiding during this and many gastrointestinal infections/diagnosis .  No two bodies are created nor respond alike making diets a very individualized program.

Whole milk and milk products can cause additional G.I. upset and it is a known fact that  during a C. difficile infection Lactose Intolerance can occur.

Avoiding Lactose dairy products and utilizing a whole milk substitute (e.g., Soy milk, Rice Milk, Almond Milk, etc.) may be more tolerable at this time.

Avoid Greasy foods and foods high in fat content are difficult to digest and may cause additional diarrhea episodes.  When cooking it is recommended to use spray oils  on cookware.

Additional foods that may cause additional abdominal/intestinal bloating and discomfort such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, whole grain breads, onions, beans, nuts, seeds.  The toxins in the gastrointestinal tract after eating raw vegetables, and raw fruits  produce bloating and by cooking the vegetables and fruits  instead of eating them raw will reduce the bloating effects.

Avoid Fat free foods (i.e., Olestra or Olean) have shown to cause diarrhea episodes and increased bloating.  Avoid Spicy foods as they will elevate the symptoms during  a C. difficile infection.

Avoid large amounts of caffeine is suggested as caffeine will irritate the gastrointestinal system and prolong healing and the recovery process.  Caffeine also has diuretic effects creating a fluid shift promoting diarrhea episodes by pulling fluid from the tissue into the intestinal track.

A referral from a Primary Physician, Gastroenterologist, Endocrinologist for a Dietary Consult from a Registered Dietitian (RD)  is a positive step in obtaining a healthy diet that works for your body while combating a C. difficile infection, along with any confirmed diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, or IBS.  

* * * Please visit the “NUTRITION” category listed on the main page on the right side of the main page.  Click on the word NUTRITION to browse through the many postings and recipes to help manage the complications and challenges that are experienced during and after combating a  C. difficile infection.

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This book was written by a C. diff. Survivor with a Registered Dietitian, and a chapter donated by a Physician. The book is by health care professionals working together to help others through this infection safely. The book also provides extra pages for personal notes that can be shared with health care providers monitoring the course of treatment.

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