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 – which is usually quite harmless, says the source.
When it progresses to diverticulitis, it “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 adding or avoiding certain foods. Here are 12 of them…
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1. Good or Bad: High Fiber Foods
Healthline.com 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 for all patients with this condition, 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.