The mere mention of the word diet may bring on several different connotations, however when you have Diverticulitis that one simple word can bring relief to the pain you have been experiencing. When you have an infection that needs attention, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic for you. Yet when your diverticulitis flares up, you become your own doctor and control your flares with the foods you eat and following a diet sheet for diverticulitis is one of the best ways to heal thyself.
While every body is different there seems to be several foods that cause trouble for those with diverticulitis: Stress – no this is not consumable, but daily troubles can consume you and increase the discomfort of a flare up, therefore you must avoid it. Easier said then done, you’re right, but you must find ways to relax to avoid the pain you feel.
Nuts, sesame seeds, corn as well as corn based products, and chile peppers specifically, but any spicy foods really, can add to the pain associated with diverticulitis. These foods should be avoided. You know your body best and how it reacts to certain foods, so eliminating them from your diet would be a wise course of action. Or at the very least, consuming them on rare occasions would be prudent.
As always a diet high in fiber is a prime mover for keeping your system clean, however, when you are in a flare, limiting your fiber intake will aid in the healing process. Keep in mind though, when your flare is under control, introduce high fiber foods slowly back into your diet to keep things moving.
Other foods that seem to ease the pain associated with diverticulitis are chicken, fish, skinless potatoes, carrots, and bananas. Listen to what your body is telling you, the same foods that help one person may not be the same foods that help you. These foods are just a guideline or at the very least, a basis from which you can start.