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Foods to Avoid with Diverticulitis



Which foods should you avoid to avoid a flare-up of diverticulitis? The foods that effect you will be highly personal in nature, but here are some general guidelines.

Avoid like the plague: nuts and seeds! Anything with a husk in particular (sesame seeds, etc) should be avoided. Simply, these will re-irritate your colon lining and bring about the development of diverticula.

Corn is another food (any kind of corn products, popcorn, even corn flour and tortillas) to avoid if at all possible. Chili peppers and other spicy foods are also known to be very bad for diverticulitis sufferers.

A hodgepodge of other products that people with diverticulitis have mentioned as problematic include: raw vegetables, strawberries, blackberries, iceberg lettuce, tomato juice, fried or fatty foods and onions.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of foods to avoid and, again, the foods that have an effect on you will be highly personal in nature, so it is absolutely essential that you keep a simple food diary. If you donít want to write everything you eat down, at least note the foods that aggravate any lower-bowel problems and add those to your to-be-avoided list.

One other thing you should avoid if you can is stress! If you are stressed, your digestion is affected. In fact, many sources list stress as the #1 cause of diverticulitis. When under stress, blood and oxygen flow to your digestive system is compromised, and your natural defenses are reduced. Your bodyís ability to fight infection in that area is hampered and your likelihood of having a flare-up of Diverticulitis is increased. This might be an over-simplification of stress as it relates to Diverticulitis, but the absolute truth is that reducing your stress will reduce your suffering from Diverticulitis, not to mention all of the other benefits that having less stress will afford you.

To summarize, here is a laundry list of what to definitely keep out of your diverticulitis diet:

1) Nuts

2) Seeds

3) Corn Products

4) Chili Peppers and other Spicy Stuff

5) Raw Veggies, Onions, Iceberg Lettuce and Tomato Juice

6) Fried and other High-Fat Foods

7) Stress!

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