Try foods such as:
- Canned or cooked fruits and vegetables
- White bread
- White rice
Stage 3: long-term foods
Once you have recuperated, you can help prevent a relapse and improve your diet overall by consuming a high-fiber diet. This will add bulk to your stool and add motility to your bowel movements.
Other benefits of a high fiber intake include helping to control blood pressure and blood glucose.
What are the recommended amounts of fiber?
Fiber is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, especially if you have diverticulitis. But how much is enough?
Women aged 19 and older:
Aim for 25 grams a day
Men aged 19 and older:
Aim for 38 grams of fiber a day
- Whole fruits
- Whole vegetables, preferably raw
- Whole wheat bread
- Brown rice and pasta
- Whole grain cereal
- Nuts and seeds
What are the best foods to avoid with diverticulitis?
When you are on a diverticulitis diet, there are 3 general rules to follow regarding what to avoid:
- When in stage 1, don’t eat foods listed in stage 2 and 3.
- When in stage 2, don’t eat foods listed in stage 3.
- For long-term health, when you are feeling better, eat more foods listed in stage 3.
How can diverticulitis be treated?
Usually, diverticulitis can be treated with antibiotics, rest and a change in diet. Sometimes surgery may be required if the condition is recurring or if it doesn’t improve with antibiotics.
Remember: if left untreated or undiagnosed, serious complications from diverticulitis can arise including:
- intestinal blockages
- rupture of the liquid in each pouch, which requires immediate care
Sticking to a high fiber diet by eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones goes a long way to keep your digestive system happy and healthy long-term.
Diverticulitis is painful and unpleasant, but it is a treatable condition. Altering your diet as you recover will be important, as well as making sure you improve your eating habits to include more high-fiber foods, will help you feel better long-term.
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