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What are diet tips for those with diverticulitis?

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If you have diverticulitis, you should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily to prevent constipation. If you do become constipated, prunes or prune juice may serve as natural laxatives. Follow a low-fat diet because fat slows down food from moving through your intestine. Get yourself tested for food allergies to identify foods that irritate your system so you can avoid them.

During acute attacks of diverticulitis, eat low-bulk foods (broths and low-fiber breads) while diverticula are inflamed and sensitive. Eat a lot of cooked vegetables, cooked fruits, and apples. These will soothe your inflamed intestine. Avoid milk and milk products (yogurts and cheeses), which could make you feel worse, especially if you have diarrhea.

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National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). 

The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). 

The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

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