Diverticulosis is a disease characterized by pouches in the colon. When the pouches get inflamed or infected, it’s called diverticulitis, which can be very painful. The cause is largely unknown but doctors believe that it may be somewhat caused by a low-fiber diet as without fiber to bulk the stool, the colon has to work harder to push the stool forward. With the colon working harder, and more pressure in the intestine it’s believed that pouches are caused along weak spots in the colon. Higher fiber diets are recommended for a non-flare up state, however during a flare up, low-fiber is recommended.
Foods/Choices to Include:
- Unprocessed and unrefined foods that are mostly plant-based and higher in fiber: whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts and nut butter, avocado, beans
- Lean organic/non-GMO animal proteins
- Low fat/non-fat dairy
- Plenty of fluids
- Small and frequent meals
- During a flare-up: Low fiber foods, cooked vegetables, smooth and easy to digest foods, hummus, low fiber grains like white rice, smoothies and juices are ok, small and frequent meals, plenty of fluids, nut butters
Foods/Choices to Avoid:
- Processed foods
- Low fiber foods: white breads and pastas and other grains during non-flare up
- Large, infrequent meals
- During a flare up: Avoid nuts, corn, seeds, high fiber grains, raw vegetables, caffeine, large meals, hard or tough meats
- High sugar beverages
- GMO/non-organic dairy, soy, meat products
Individual results may vary. Reboots are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any medical or health condition. Reboots are not recommended for everyone, and before commencing a Reboot or any other nutritional or dietary regimen, you should consult with your qualified health care provider in order to assess any potential benefits or risks to you with consideration of your personal medical situation. You should also continue to work closely with your qualified health care provider if you intend to engage in a long-term Reboot.