The diverticulitis diet is a diet to be followed for as long as a bout of diverticulitis is experienced, and should be considered a kind of emergency diet that consists of two stages depending on the severity of the symptoms.
But first of all, what is diverticulitis?
DIVERTICULITE: WHAT IS IT?
Diverticulitis is the most common cause of malformative inflammation of the colon.
Diverticula are the parts of the mucosa that protrude externally, similar to bumps, as a result of the disease, where the musculature is least resistant. This mucosal transformation can occur in some places in the colon and esophagus.
Symptoms are very similar to those of irritable bowel, but if diverticulitis is not treated successfully with drugs and diet it can become chronic and become pathology.
In this case, depending on its severity, surgery can be carried out (i.e. after at least two episodes of diverticulitis with inflammation), in order to avoid complications which in the case of diverticulitis are very insidious because they lead to infection.
When, on the other hand, there are diverticula, but they do not cause discomfort, then we speak of asymptomatic diverticulosis or diverticulosis . Halfway we then find the SOUTH. It is symptomatic diverticulosis, but neither inflamed nor with signs of infection. In this case the symptoms are moderate but constant: pain, intestinal irregularity, swelling.
However, everything and its opposite has been said about diverticulosis and diverticulitis.
DIET AND DIVERTICULITE: FALSE MYTHS AND CONFUSION
- It was once said that people suffering from diverticula could not consume fruit and vegetable seeds, nuts and popcorn (due to corn skins). This has turned out to be a false belief, at least in the recovery phase and not in the attack, while in the acute phase it is still better to avoid.
- At the moment there are no contraindicated foods for those suffering from diverticulitis, but there is a lot of reliance on individual sensitivity.
- Even using a high-fiber diet may NOT be an optimal solution in the recovery phase. In fact, a study found that a diet rich in fiber is not a preventative , if you have diverticula, of the disease. The idea came from the discovery that diverticulitis is a disease typical of modern man while for example in Africa it is rare. Probably caused by various factors, such as smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, stress, unnatural diet, constipation or partial bowel movements, obesity.
- Symptoms can occur after the age of 40: this is because according to doctors everything starts with the weakening of the colon walls.
Now that we have seen how many things related to the dietary treatment of diverticulitis are false myths, let’s see which dietary approach to follow if we have the symptoms of diverticulitis.
- What about probiotics? Using probiotics may not always be a good idea either.