A diverticula is a small pouch that can form anywhere in the gastro intestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and bowels. By and large, diverticulae develop in the large intestine. Having diverticula is called diverticulosis and when the pouch gets inflamed or infected, the condition is called diverticulitis.
Symptoms Of Diverticulitis
Occasionally, a patient having diverticulosis may be asymptomatic, i.
The symptoms depend on the intensity of the condition.
Symptoms of painful diverticulosis include:
- Gaseous distention
- Abdominal pain
- Constipation alternating with diarrhea
Inflammatory diverticulitis symptoms are:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
Symptoms of bleeding diverticulosis include:
- Urge for bowel movement
- Blood in stool
- Giddiness and fatigue
Home Remedies For Diverticulitis
- During the initial part of the treatment, the patient is advised to remain on a liquid diet for 2 days.
- Ice chips, pulp less fruit juice, broth, etc are recommended. Milk, yogurt, fish, cereals low on fiber, and fruits are good foods for the condition.
- High fiber foods are unsuitable for the patient, more so if he is experiencing the symptoms.
- Whilst the patient suffers from the symptom and clinical manifestations of the condition, he should have a low fiber diet.
- Whole cereals, soy, bran, fruits and legumes have loads of fiber. Include legumes in your meal, twice a week.
- Have fresh vegetables and fruits as snacks.
- Replace pasta and white bread with whole wheat.
- Make sure you have 2 and ½ liters of water, daily.
Foods And Diet Plan For Diverticulitis
The principal aim of the diet is to provide the stomach with rest; hence eating the right food is very important.
- Include large quantities of liquid foods and have only liquid foods for few days.
- Foods to include in your diet are: eggs, low-fiber cereals, peanut butter, milk, and soy.
- Canned fruits, fruit juice and well-cooked vegetables lacking seeds or skins can be incorporated in the diverticulitis diet.
- High fiber is recommended after the patient has recovered from the condition. High fiber foods such as: bran, oats, whole wheat, soy, vegetables and fruits help prevent recurrences of the condition.
- Equally important to know is the food that you should avoid altogether. Seeds, nuts, corn, chicken, fish, carrots, and bananas should not be a part of the diet.
- It is also advocated that you get a diverticulitis diet sheet from the doctor. Watching your diet plays a very crucial part in the effective and successful management of the condition.