Ostomy Resources, Tips and Product Reviews

There is no such thing as an ileostomy diet. An ileostomy is not a sickness, so there is usually no health reason for not eating the foods you ate in the past.  If you have a special diet because of heart disease, diabetes, or other health problems, you should ask your doctor about a diet that will work with both the problem and your ileostomy... [More]

Different ostomy surgeries produce different varieties of output. This is largely due to the location of the ostomy and the stoma. One of the colon's functions is to absorb water from the contents of the bowel. As such, the more colon that is left intact after your surgery, the more solid your discharge is going to be and the more predictable as well. [More]

Colostomy irrigation is the process of infusing water into the colon through the stoma similar to an enema. The irrigation process stimulates the colon to then empty. By performing this process once a day at a set time, it is often possible to train the colon to empty only after irrigation. This allows the colostomate to simply use a stoma cover or stoma cap, rather than the pouch normally required, for the majority of the day. [More]

Isn’t it interesting that people with normal intact bowel tracts and urinary systems manage odor problems in an acceptable manner in our society? But when disease or trauma strikes, and the person is the owner of an ostomy, the one big concern is the fear of offending society with an odor. What’s an ostomy? Basically an ostomy is a ma... [More]

Boost from the garden can help activate the body’s own toxic waste disposal system. U. S. and Japanese scientists have discovered how to trigger the body’s natural defenses against cancer and are working on a drug that could boost protection against all forms of disease.  The researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Ba... [More]

Everybody has trouble eating right. When you have an ostomy, though, the challenges can be even tempts to control diarrhea, fluid balance, gas, and odor can stop you from eating enough healthy foods. And even if you do eat right, you may worry that your intestines don’t absorb the vitamins and minerals you need. The first thing to know: ... [More]

What happens?   Permanent stomas are just that — permanent. But a temporary ostomy can be closed (reversed) quite easily depending on the type of surgery. When the surgeon decides to reverse your surgery, (and that can vary from days to years and anytime frame in between), it's a good idea to take some simple steps so that the reco... [More]

Exercise, sports and leisure activities are pleasurable and fun pastimes. Quite often there is nothing better than a day out in the fresh air or the chance to play hard in a challenging event. Knowing the best way to get fitter, faster, is to do it smarter. Learn some tips from your friends here or share your own hints and tips for getting back... [More]