The diverticulitis is a condition that occurs when there is an infection in the small area in the large intestines. The fecal matter often becomes blocked in these weak pouches (diverticula) and causes swelling and infection.
This condition general affects individuals older than 60 years of age and bleeding can occur in severe cases of diverticulitis. In the last years, doctors have observed an increase of patients with diverticulitis due to the fact of low fiber diets, and the use of refined flours.
A diet high in fiber helps to keep this condition at bay. Make sure to eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains that are high in fiber and make sure to drink lots of water to prevent constipation.
Simple ways to improve diverticulitis:
- Increase the amount of fiber in your diet, little by little
- Drink plenty of water to avoid constipation
- Don’t push yourself too hard while constipated
- Avoid eating spicy, fatty foods and heavy sauces
- Use a fiber supplement, if you are unable to include more fiber in your daily diet
- Do moderate exercise goes hand-in-hand with a high fiber diet when treating diverticulitis.
Fiber, diet and diverticulitis
- Obtain your fiber first thing in the morning with high-bran content cereals
- Avoid any products that contain refined flours, instead opt for wholegrain breads
- Eat fresh fruits such as apples, peaches, bananas, pears and berries
- Eat vegetables, beans, peas and lentils
- Use brown rice instead of white rice, whole grain and bran pasta
- Consume wholegrain crackers
- Add wheat bran to your salads, stews and baked products
- Try to eat as many fresh vegetables as possible such as carrots, broccoli, asparagus and green-leafed vegetables
Some believe that small seeds and nuts can become trapped in the diverticula. For this reason, it is often recommended to avoid smaller seeds such as sesame, poppy and caraway seeds.