First off, let’s remind you about what diverticulitis is: WebMD defines it as inflammation or infection of the pouches called diverticula on the intestine walls. Before that can happen, you’ll have a condition called diverticulosis, which is the actual formation of the pouches that protrude from the walls of the colon – which is usually quite harmless.
When infected it becomes diverticulitis and “may involve anything from a small abscess in one or more of the pouches to a massive infection or perforation of the bowel,” it adds. If there’s good news, you can potentially improve the condition by eating certain foods, and avoiding certain foods during a flare up. Here are 12 of these foods…
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Good or Bad: High Fiber Foods
Healthline says that fiber-rich foods may not only improve symptoms of diverticulitis, but also prevent it in the first place. It cites a 2017 review of studies that concluded these points.
However, the source does add that high fiber intake may not be suitable during a diverticulitis flare up for all patients, and that your doctor may recommend you scale back on fiber intake if your symptoms are strong. “This is because fiber adds bulk to the stool and may increase peristalsis or colon contractions,” it explains.