As we age, our bodies change in both positive and negative ways. For some individuals, bulging pouches (diverticula) may develop in the lining of the intestine, ultimately causing diverticulosis. If in the diverticula becomes inflamed or infected, then it’s usually an indication of a very painful condition known as diverticulitis.
Individuals suffering from diverticulitis experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, fever, constipation or diarrhea. After much research, many professionals believe that a low-fiber diet is the main culprit of this disease. In order to prevent or alleviate these symptoms, we have listed the best and worst foods to consume if following a diverticulitis diet.
The Best Foods
For those suffering from severe diverticulitis symptoms, professionals recommend sticking to a liquid diet as part of your treatment. This diet includes:
- Fruit juices
Once these symptoms have passed, you can gradually ease back into a regular diverticulitis diet. When you first embark on this diet, start out with low-fiber foods before proceeding to fiber-rich foods (whole-grain breads, beans, fresh fruits and vegetables). Ultimately, your goal should be to consume at least 25-35 grams of fiber per day.
If you’re having difficulty with any of these two diet options, your healthcare physician may recommend that you take a supplement, such as Metamucil or Citrucel one to three times a day. However, if you’re interested in treating your condition naturally, we recommend using A.M.P. Floracel®.
The Worst Foods
Over the years, doctors have recommended that patients who suffer from diverticulitis stay away from foods that are hard to digest, such as nuts, corn, popcorn and seeds. However, further research has cleared nuts and seeds of being foods to avoid, specifically because they are rich in fiber.
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