Foods to Avoid With Diverticulitis

Some people suffer with what is called diverticulitis.  This is when the small pockets called diverticula, located on the wall of the intestine, become inflamed.  When this happens, the pockets can become infected and the person will most likely suffer from pain and discomfort.  Research shows that this condition may be hereditary and that the foods you eat can really bring on this condition.  Your diet is very important as it helps you to stay healthy and fuel your body.  Without the proper nutrition, you can become sick and possibly develop diverticulitis.  If you suffer with this condition then you will want to watch what you eat so that you can allow your intestines time to heal properly.  There is a good list of foods to avoid with diverticulitis.  If you want your health to improve then you will take the steps to avoid these harmful foods. It is recommended that you eat a low residue diet, as it will help to reduce the amount of bowel that passes through the intestines. This will allow your body time to heal properly.

A low residue diet is one that is low in fiber.  You want to try to stay with a low fiber diet for at least 10 days for the best results.  There are certain foods such as chili peppers, sesame seeds, nuts, pumpkin and corn, which will make the condition worse and these foods should be avoided.  You also want to stay away from foods that are high in fiber such as bean and lentils.

Many people that suffer with this condition make the mistake of trying to eat at places such as pizza parlors and fast food joints.  Places such as these serve nothing but greasy and fried foods that will only irritate your condition and make it much worse.  You should stay away from fried foods, spicy foods, and pizza as they all can cause intestinal discomfort.  If you like these types of foods then it is better to make them yourself so you can control what ingredients are put in and go for baking the foods rather than frying them.

Refined foods can also wreak havoc this condition, especially refined foods such as white rice and white flour.  You need to learn to read the labels on the foods that you buy so you can see if they contain the foods that you need to avoid.  Many times, there are products that contain things as corn but it won’t be listed on the front of the package.

Anyway here is a list of foods to avoid with diverticulitis in general.

1) All the junk food such as burgers, pizzas, fried food and spicy food should be avoided.

2) Refined foods like white flour, white rice etc.

3) All the processed foods.  (Processed means anything with a label.)

4) Corn and corn products.

5) Nuts

6) Sesame seeds

7) Pumpkin

While there are certain foods that are known to cause more problems with this condition, many times it is a matter of trial and error to find which foods bother you and your particular situation.  When you find foods that irritate the condition, you should put them on your list of foods to stay away from.  It is also a good idea to have a list of foods that you know are safe to eat and ones that you can tolerate with little issues.

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