Tuesday, January 22, 2013

All For One Home Health: Types of Therapeutic Diets

An old saying goes "we are what we eat". True enough. A very big part of our health depends on the food we take in our bodies. Food that goes in our bodies affects them in so many different ways. That is why when some illness comes up food is one way of rebalancing the alteration that happened. This treatment is called therapeutic diet. Let us get to know more about it with this article presented by All For One Home Health.

The main principle of therapeutic diet is that the kinds and amounts of food we take in is monitored and manipulated to help us feel better. There are many types of therapeutic diets which apply to various diseases or alterations. Each has its own purpose and goal. All For One Home Health provides services in assisting patients at home in complying with therapeutic diet.

  • Clear Liquid Diet – This type of diet provides hydration to patients who are restricted to take in solid foods. Liquids allowed include water, popsicles, gelatin, soda, coffee, tea, fat-free broth.

  • Full Liquid Diet – The purpose of this is to provide temporary nutrition to patients who cannot tolerate solid foods yet. Common scenario is when the patient just came from surgery. Patient can now drink milk, fruit juices and others.

  • Soft Diet – This type of diet is prescribed to patients who have gastrointestinal problems or those who cannot digest food properly. Foods allowed include mashed potatoes, noodles, and other soft foods.

  • Bland Diet – This type of diet is commonly prescribed to patients with ulcer. Bland diet includes foods which are not too irritating to the stomach lining to promote healing of ulcers. Foods allowed are cereals, soups, potatoes, milk and others.

  • Low-Residue Diet – Foods included in this diet are sugar, salt, meat, egg, fat, milk, and other low fiber foods. The purpose of this diet is to reduce fiber to help treat patients with colon problems.

  • High-Fiber Diet – A high-fiber diet helps patients digest food easily and provide water in the colon. It prevents trauma of the colon’s linings. High-fiber foods include whole grains, raw fruits, and vegetables.

  • Sodium Restricted Diet – Lower sodium in the body means lower blood pressure. This helps treat patients with cardiovascular diseases. Also, patients with kidney problems are prescribed with this diet. Foods allowed are natural foods or those with no artificial ingredients.

  • Gluten-free Diet – This diet is prescribed to patients with malabsorption problems such as celiac disease. Gluten is a kind of protein found in wheat. Foods which cannot be taken are wheat, barley, rye, oats and the likes.

  • Lactose-free Diet – This diet is prescribed to patients or healthy people who are lactose-intolerant. Lactose foods like milk and cheese cannot be metabolized by their bodies. Anything dairy is not allowed.

  • Low Cholesterol Diet – This type of diet lowers the cholesterol levels in the body to decrease possibility of fatty blockages in arteries. Foods that can be taken in are lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat milk.

  • Low Purine Diet – This diet is prescribed to patients with gout or uric acid kidney stones. Foods with purine help produce uric stones which are not good for our body. Foods allowed are green leafy vegetables, cheese, cereals, and eggs.

These are the most common types of therapeutic diets. Careful compliance is needed to achieve the results that these diets intend. You can visit All For One Home Health to know more about therapeutic diet services which is lead by a quality healthcare provider, Andy Schott.

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