Though diverticulitis can develop due to a wide range of health concerns, most doctors agree food plays a large role in the severity, number of flare-ups, and ultimate treatment of this inflammatory digestive tract condition. Though the edible culprits vary from person to person, evidence suggests some foods are particularly irritating to those with a tendency toward diverticulitis flare-ups. Beginning an elimination diet to determine which of the following foods causes symptoms can go a long way toward minimizing or even preventing diverticulitis episodes.
In general, fiber in the diet is helpful for people with diverticulitis. However, if the individual is experiencing a flare-up, it may be necessary to restrict high-fiber foods for a period; fiber bulks up the stool, which can cause painful contractions in the bowel. During a flare-up, it may be best to limit the intake of beans, whole grain, and fruits and vegetables, and focus more on foods with fewer than 2 grams of fiber per serving. Fiber can usually be reintroduced to the diet once the symptoms have eased.
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