If you want to avoid diverticulitis, watch what you eat! Foods high in fiber encourage your digestive system to function smoothly. Low fiber foods do just the opposite.
Getting enough fiber is important because lack of fiber causes constipation. This means abdominal muscles must strain to move stool, which increases pressure in the colon and creating small pouches known as diverticula that can become inflamed and infected.
Because low fiber diets cause constipation, dietary changes are the first indicated course of treatment for mild diverticulitis.
Foods high in fiber include virtually all fruits and vegetables, juices, whole grain bread and cereals, and non-fatty chicken, turkey and fish.
Foods low in fiber include those made with refined flour and sugar, and high-fat foods including most cheeses and red meat. You can also add fiber to your diet with products such as Metamucil and medicinal preparations that contain the plant seed ispaghula.
In addition to adding more fiber to your diet, getting more exercise will help avert diverticulitis. Exercise increases circulation and encourages body systems to function better.
An attack of acute diverticulitis can develop quite suddenly and without warning. Abdominal pain and tenderness around the left side of the lower abdomen are the most common symptoms of diverticulitis. People also frequently experience fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping, and constipation as well.
So make sure your diet is filled with high fiber foods and stay well!