Maintaining a healthy diet is key to managing your life. Living with Carcinoid Syndrome can sometimes make choosing the right foods difficult. Keeping track of which foods agree with you and which ones cause symptoms can help you make better choices.
Remember: Everyone’s Carcinoid Syndrome is different. What’s right for others may not be right for you.
There are certain things you can do to help tailor your meals for your condition. Check out the tips below to see what may help:
Avoid hot spices like pepper or mustard that may trigger diarrhea
Avoid foods with amines (chemicals that can trigger symptoms): aged cheese, alcohol, smoked or pickled foods, soy, some nuts, chocolate, coffee, and soda
Increase your protein. Protein helps your immune system, gives you energy, and rebuilds tissue
Eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
Monitor intake of foods with serotonin, particularly before a 5-HIAA test, like butternuts, black walnuts, pecans, pineapple, and bananas. Remember not to eat any of these foods for 24 hours before having a 5-HIAA test