What should I eat with diverticulitis?

Welcome back to another Wellness Wednesday topic. This also concludes this month’s series of posts on Diverticulosis/Diverticulitis. Be sure to read through the other 3 posts if you are interested.

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Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis are kind of sister diseases. You won’t get Diverticulitis without having Diverticulosis first. Most people don’t even know they have Diverticulosis until they get Diverticulitis. The video below explains it all really well. But, as for what you should eat if you get Diverticulitis, it is kind of the opposite of Diverticulosis. The video shows images of the colon. If you do not like those kind of images you may wish to not watch.

With Diverticulitis you may be instructed to:

  1. Eat liquids only for a few days to allow the bowel to rest and decrease inflammation.
  2. When you do start to eat foods again, eat a soft diet, and an easy to digest diet such as scrambled eggs, toast, soups, broth, etc.
  3. Eat a low fiber diet. Fiber is harder to digest than other foods, and the bowel needs time to rest from all that work.
  4. Your doctor may even tell you to eat nothing by mouth for a day or so, if you have a really bad case of Diverticulitis.

That is pretty easy, right? Well you want to avoid the complications that can come with Diverticulitis, which can lead to perforation, Peritonitis, and even surgery to repair parts of the bowel. Some people could even need a resection of the bowel.

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