fiber in your diet (30 to 35 grams daily) is the most
important thing you can do to treat and prevent
diverticulosis, but thanks to processed foods, the
average American gets about 16 grams of fiber daily, or
only half of what he should be getting. Bran fiber
appears to be the most effective.
Fiber draws water into the stool, making movements
smoother. Whole wheat bread and all-bran cereals are
excellent sources of bran. Sprinkling raw bran over
foods is also an option.
Vegetables and fruit are other good sources of fiber.
Increase your fiber intake slowly. Here are some tips
for making the transition to a high-fiber diet.
Make a habit of
eating whole-grain bread instead of white bread.
sweet tooth with fruit desserts—berries, bananas,
Leave the skins
on apples, peaches, and pears when you bake them.
fruits, such as raisins and apricots, to your meals.
beans for beef in chili or casseroles.
Add barley to
You can expect
bloating and gas the first few weeks, but those should
Other items and
suggestions which can help:
has this property of helping and improving the
digestive system. It is also useful to remove
harmful substances from the body when taken in
Taking a clove
of garlic for 1-3 times a day will soothe and help
to prevent your condition from worsening.
another home remedy for diverticulitis which is
commonly used for helping in digestion. This fruit
is the only one containing a natural digestive aid
known as papain, which cleans the digestive track.
Take a good ripe papaya from the market and you can
use it in different forms like a juice, with honey,
along with other fruit etc.
Pear: You can
use this fruit to soothe the inflammation. Usually
they are eaten just like that but you can bake them
or drink juice.
Lemon juice and
pineapple juice are also helpful.
Brown Rice: Most people in the world eat white rice
but brown rice is far better for your digestive
system if you care. It is also rich in fiber and
helps to reduce the inflammation in the colon. So
you should start taking brown rice for your own
Enzymes. If you eat cooked food Digestive Enzymes
are definitely required to help maintain health.
Digestive enzymes are present in raw food, but
destroyed by cooking, in order to digest and absorb
food, the body has to work hard. Typically by the
time we reach our 40's our internal glands and
organs are beginning to fail to produce enough
Juice. Cereal grasses are high in chlorophyll,
vitamins, protein, minerals, and unique digestive
Wild Yam helps to maintain a balance of hormones in
If you can't
get enough fiber in your diet, take a supplement.
Take psyllium seed supplements (such as Metamucil).
They're natural, too.
Drink a lot of
liquids. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day.
The liquid is an important partner to fiber in
combating constipation, which is associated with
Go when you
have to go. If you don't yield to nature's call, you
defeat the purpose of adding more fiber to your diet
and drinking more liquids. Avoid straining when
going to the bathroom, as that may ten to expand the
little diverticula sacs through the muscle walls of
tones more than your legs and hips. Exercise also
tones the muscles in your colon and helps bowel
movements where you don't have to strain as much.
suppositories. While they may offer a quick fix to
constipation, they aren't the best choice for
stimulating bowel movements and you can get addicted
to it to the point that you NEED suppositories to
have a bowel movement.
Prunes, prune juice, and herbal teas are very
effective natural laxatives. Specifically formulated
teas can be found in most health food stores.
Harmful in so many ways, smoking also may aggravate
processed foods only in moderation. If you eat a lot
of processed foods, you won't have room to eat the
high-fiber foods you need.
extra well. Foods such as nuts and popcorn contain
seeds or other hard particles that could become
lodged in the diverticula and cause inflammation. If
you've ever had an acute attack of diverticulitis,
you should probably keep away from foods that have
Drink only in
moderation. Alcohol in moderation—a drink or two a
day—will actually relax spasm of the colon and could
improve the situation a little bit.
Coffee, chocolate, teas, colas—all tend to irritate.
Look for a
pattern. Certain foods may disrupt your bowel
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