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I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Is milk a low residue drink?

I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Is milk a low residue drink?

Yes: If you temporarily are on a low fiber diet, the easiest way to follow that diet is no fruits, no vegetables, no whole grains! Meat, fish, chicken and dairy are fine. You may have white rice and white bread. Only exceptions to fruit/veggies is mashed potatoes and non chunky apple sauce. Not a healthy diet in the long run but necessary in the short (4-6weeks) to allow the colon to heal and recover. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Is coconut milk ok?

I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Is coconut milk ok?

Yes: If you have diverticulitis, with pain and fever stay on a low fiber diet for 4-6 weeks to allow healing. If you merely have diverticulosis, then a high fiber diet is recommended and include 80-100 ounces of non cafeinated, non alcoholic fluid per day and this can include coconut milk. ...Read more

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I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Instead of dairy milk, is rice or almond milk ok?

I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Instead of dairy milk, is rice or almond milk ok?

Yes: The low residue diet is utilized while you recover from an acute diverticulitis infection. Rice of almond milk is low residue. Once recovered, one wants to consume a high fiber, high liquid diet. ...Read more

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Hi, do you think I can drink coffee with diverticulitis?

Hi, do you think I can drink coffee with diverticulitis?

That's OK.: Coffee shouldn't have any effect on your diverticuli. A low fiber diet is the main problem. ...Read more

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Can you drink regular coke when you have been diagnosed with diverticulitis?

Can you drink regular coke when you have been diagnosed with diverticulitis?

Yes: You may wish to mind your caloric intake so that you do not gain weight. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol with diverticulitis?

Can I drink alcohol with diverticulitis?

Still on Antibiotic?: While there is no general prohibition against using alcohol when dealing with acute diverticulitis, common sense would suggest that it may not be the best idea. Furthermore, many antibiotics can be affected by alcohol intake, so I would be especially cautious if you are still on antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol with diverticulitis.?

Can I drink alcohol with diverticulitis.?

Yes: Although some antibiotics treatment may interfere with your alcohol so check with your doc. ...Read more

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Can you drink wine and beer, while you have diverticulitis?

Can you drink wine and beer, while you have diverticulitis?

NO: Diverticulitis can lead to serious complication, some times even life threatening, you should follow your doctors advise take every measure to avoid complications, drinking wine and beer is not one it. ...Read more

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Is milk products bad for diverticulitis every night like sugar free, less fat ice cream in vanilla.

Is milk products bad for diverticulitis every night like sugar free, less fat ice cream in vanilla.

No: It is thought that foods that have small seeds or pieces, like peanuts or tomato seeds, can cause diverticulosis flare-ups. There is nothing wrong with ice cream, though ...Read more

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Is milk products bad for diverticulitis every night like sugar free ice cream and less fat in vanilla.

Maybe ok: It really depends on whether or not eating these causes the pain to get worse. If not, then they're ok. Make sure you have a follow up colonoscopy 6-12 weeks after the the diverticulitis gets better. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can drinking aloe vera juice daily help with diverticulitis?

Can drinking aloe vera juice daily help with diverticulitis?

Sorry, but no...: Diverticulitis is essentially a local infection where bacteria get trapped and fester inside a pocket (the diverticulum) of the gut (diverticuli can occur in any portion of the GI tract, but diverticulitis is most often described in the colon). This can lead to abscess, perforation, fistula formation, bleeding. Treatment is antibiotics (surgery if recurrent). Aloe vera is pretty useless here. ...Read more

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Hi doc I have diverticulitis and started drinking clear liquids the last 3 days but when I drink chicken broth it gives me the runs is that normal.

Hi doc I have diverticulitis and started drinking clear liquids the last 3 days but when I drink chicken broth it gives me the runs is that normal.

Not the soup: You probably have diarrhea because of inflammation around your colon. If this persists, you should see your doctor as it may be an indication that the infection isn't clearing. You may also become dehydrated. ...Read more

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Can a liquid barium drink for CT scan prep irritate the colon after a recent case of diverticulitis?

Can a liquid barium drink for CT scan prep irritate the colon after a recent case of diverticulitis?

Barium is a laxative: What do you mean by "irritation"? Abdominal pain? Increased output? Blood? Barium, for all its use in imaging, is also a laxative & often used as an enema. It will force the stool out of the intestines & colon as it makes its way out. Therefore, "irritation" of the colon (depending on how you define it) isn't uncommon after a barium-contrast CT. It shouldn't cause bleeding nor pain, however. TTYD ...Read more

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What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?

What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?

No: A low fiber diet is used to treat acute diverticulitis and is low in fiber foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables. It is only used for a finite period of time to allow healing of the inflammation. I high fiber diet is recommended for diverticulosi and may have protective features regarding colon cancer prevention. ...Read more

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Can a person on low residue diet b/c of diverticulitis eat watermelon?

Can a person on low residue diet b/c of diverticulitis eat watermelon?

Yes: Some current GI folks do not buy into the seeds restriction.
I general avoid most watermelon seeds - fun to spit at a tree!
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Could I drink full fat milk on a diet?

Could I drink full fat milk on a diet?

Sure: If trying to lose weight, eat the things you enjoy, but eat less. Whole milk is not necessarily a restriction. Of course, the question becomes HOW MUCH> don't want more than 20-30% of your calories from fat in a day. So if on a 1500 calorie diet- 300 calories from fat (each 8ounces of milk has about 80 calories from fat). Try not to have more than 4 glasses a day. Best to you and weight loss ...Read more

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Do I need to eat a special diet and drink extra milk to help my spine heal?

Do I need to eat a special diet and drink extra milk to help my spine heal?

Eat healthy: A healthy diet of fruits, veggies, protein, good fats, whole grains, dairy should be adequate for healing. If you have medical conditions that prevent your eating certain foods, discuss that with your doc to optimize your nutrition and healing. A daily multiple vitamin with vitamin d3, calcium and trace minerals might supplement the healing process. ...Read more

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I am 24 male. Do I still need to drink milk at night? That's for growing kid. Do I still need it? Isn't my diet& other fluids not enough?

I am 24 male. Do I still need to drink milk at night? That's for growing kid. Do I still need it? Isn't my diet& other fluids not enough?

No you don't: In fact milk is not necaessary after 6 - 12 months of age. It's a very convenient food and good source of calcium & protein. In fact may be an unnecessary source of fat for many people. Dairy industry has done a fantastic job in self promotion. Vegans remain perfectly healthy without ever consuming milk or any dairy products. ...Read more

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I bought 3, 4 books on breastfeeding and how to produce more milk with nutrition and drinking water + milk. I hope to b/f for2+ yrs, does diet help?

I bought 3, 4 books on breastfeeding and how to produce more milk with nutrition and drinking water + milk. I hope to b/f for2+ yrs, does diet help?

Kind of...: The absolute best way to make milk is to breastfeed exclusively! As a doctor AND a mom, I can tell you that breastfeeding is supply and demand. Some days you will feel like you breastfeed nonstop, then others it will be sporadic. Lots of fluids will help keep you hydrated to allow your body to keep producing, so water is a must! Drinking milk will not help you make more milk, breastfeeding will! ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches ...Read more