- Getting older
- Being overweight or obese (this can also make it more difficult to treat)
- Having a sedentary lifestyle
- Having a diet high in saturated fat and low in fiber
- Using some over-the-counter medications
- Using other medications like steroids and opiates
What are the best foods to eat with diverticulitis?
One powerful way for people with diverticulitis to recover and reduce the risk of future flare-ups is to focus on eating a diet high in fiber and avoid eating foods that are hard on your large intestine. Research has shown that a diet of healthy foods that are high in dietary fiber and low in fat is the best way to prevent and ease damage to your digestive system.
If you’ve been recently diagnosed and you’re still actively in pain from symptoms, chances are you don’t have much an appetite. The bloating, nausea and abdominal pain don’t subside right away even if you’re taking prescribed antibiotics.
Make sure you drink plenty of water – even if you can only take small sips – to stay hydrated. This is especially important if you’ve been vomiting. You doctor may recommend a more specific diet plan to help you through your recovery and then review which foods to eat with diverticulitis for long-term health.
Stage 1 foods: facing your initial recovery
Start your recovery process on a strict liquid diet. Be kind to your body by avoiding fiber. Even though some evidence shows that diverticulitis could flare up in the first place due to low fiber diets over long periods of time, it could cause flare ups as your colon recuperates.
Try liquids such as:
- Fruit juice (no pulp)
- Fruit juice popsicles
Stage 2 foods: as the pain subsides
As your diverticulitis symptoms diminish and your pain subsides, you should start feeling hungry again. This is likely to happen even if you’re still experiencing bloating and some abdominal cramping. It will take some time for your digestive tract to start operating normally again. The good news is you can start eating solid foods as long as they’re low in fiber. You still don’t want to disrupt your large intestine during its healing process.