Sunday, September 2, 2007

Diverticulosis Diet is Different from Other Diets

There are so many diets to chose from today. I think most of us are aware of all the diets out there for weight loss. It s multi-billion dollar business. You just don't hear much about diets designed for example: diverticulistis, kidney stones, and liver disease.

The diverticulitis diet is all about fiber. This is a HIGH fiber diet. A regular diet should also be high in fiber. The typical American eats far less fiber than is recommended.

The goal of a diverticulosis diet is to increase the amount of fiber in your diet. On an average, the normal American consumes 12-15 grams of fiber in a day. The medical field recommends 20 to 35 grams of dietary fiber each day.

Increasing fiber in your diet should be gradual. Figure out how many grams you have been eating per day and increase from there. So this is going to be an individual change in fiber intake. If you increase your fiber intake too quickly, it can cause abdominal gas as well as diarrhea.

The benefits of increase fiber in your diet are:
1. help food move through intestines easier
2. allow normal bowel movements
3. reduce abdominal pain

Remember to drink plenty of water, as it helps food pass through the intestines as well. Our bodies are made up of 70% water. It only makes sense we need to drink plenty every day. The average amount of water should be 8-10 glasses per day.



Blogger Blah! Blah! Blog! said...

I like this blog, I suffer from Diverticulosis, and this is very helpful, with out the fear.
Thanks, ALewis

October 28, 2009 4:23 PM  

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