Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Fiber Helps Prevent Developing and Having a Diverticulitis Attack

I'm so happy today. I got my mom to eat a plum. It's so hard to get her to eat the right foods. She has been doing great and hasn't had another diverticulitis attack.

When I try to get her to eat fruit, she usually says, "Later." I don't like being the wicked witch from the West and keep harping on her so I just let things slide. Today, she agreed right off the bat.

Fiber is in plants and normally not digested or absorbed by the body. There are different types of fibers. They are usually grouped into two different categories. The two types are water soluble and insoluble fibers.

Water soluble fibers normally associated with treatment of diabetes, obesity, and also high cholesterol. Water soluble fibers are found in bran, potatoes, seeds, apples, oranges, and grapefruit to mention a few.

Insoluble fibers hold water which inturn produces a softer, bulkier stool. You can find these types of fiber in wheat or corn brans, nuts, and various fruits and vegetables.

Insoluble fibers have also been shown to help in preventing colon cancer.

The bottom line need to eat more than meat and potatoes. Keeping yourself regular will help prevent another diverticulitis attack. If you don't already have it, keeping yourself regular will keep you from ever getting diverticular disease.



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