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25 Foods To Eat To Heal Diverticulitis

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25 Foods To Eat To Heal Diverticulitis

And 7 Things To Avoid
Liana Werner-Gray
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Jul 24, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Treat diverticulitis naturally and avoid surgery and antibiotics by following this regimen.

Nature's medicine is the fastest way to ensure your digestive tract gets proper cleansing and can rebuild itself with new walls. By following a liquid diet as much as possible, with the occasional boiled or roasted vegetable and raw whole foods such as avocado and cucumber, you will get a powerful dose of the nutrients and vitamins the body and intestines needs. Liquid foods give the bowels time to recover and heal which is crucial with diverticulitis.

Live on the following list until the diverticulitis is completely healed. It could take 3-12 months – but it will be worth it. If you fully cleanse the intestines it is possible to completely heal diverticulitis and restore the intestine tract, and never suffer from it again. Many people just live with it, without fully healing it because they aren’t willing to cleanse and change their diet. If you are willing to go deeper within yourself and change your diet you can completely heal.

Firstly, if you have diverticulitis consider yourself on a liquid diet from here on until your intestines are healed. If you can have a majority liquid diet, it will accelerate healing and provide relief. Liquids like juices, smoothies and herbals tea provide us with high amounts of nutrition, and the body actually gets more out of it because nutrition from liquids are much easier for the digestive system to absorb than solid foods, especially when one has diverticulitis. Only eat solid foods when you absolutely must, when you are really craving them.


  1. Start the day with Lemon Water
  2. Green juice (Recipe in my book)
  3. Beet Juice (Recipe in my book)
  4. Smoothies (ideally cucumber, celery, lettuce, cilantro, lemon, ginger, green apple – it’s basically a salad in a smoothie)
  5. Ginger tea (at night time before bed)
  6. Aloe Juice which stimulates cellular health (do not drink aloe juice with sugar or preservatives. Check out this aloe 1 product it’s the only aloe in USA with absolutely no preservatives. Aloe will fast track healing results and create a lot of soothing in your intestines).
  7. Soups
  8. Bone broth
  9. Veggie broth

When you must have solid foods EAT THESE:

  1. Cherries
  2. Watermelon (be careful not to swallow any seeds)
  3. Potatoes (organic not GMO), roasted or boiled
  4. Sweet potatoes, roasted or boiled
  5. Pumpkin, roasted or boiled
  6. Carrot, roasted or boiled
  7. Garlic, roasted
  8. Onion, roasted
  9. Cucumber without the skin
  10. Avocado
  11. Quinoa
  12. Eggs, boiled or poached

Incorporate these supplements daily:

  1. Activated charcoal
  2. Bentonite clay (checkout Redmond Clay)
  3. Colloidal silver is very effective when treating diverticulitis or any other infection. Colloidal silver, known as nature`s antibiotic, effectively kills bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens, even at times when antibiotics fail. Additionally, colloidal silver reduces inflammation and repairs injured tissue.
  4. Slippery Elm 

Ideal DAILY DIET for diverticulitis:

  • Lemon water to start the day after rising
  • Drink colloidal silver and aloe together 45 minutes before food
  • Juice breakfast (eat eggs if still hungry)
  • Green smoothie for lunch (you could also do cacao/chocolate smoothies with cherries and berries for a dessert type tasty smoothie)
  • Dinner a soup with vegetable or bone broth, roasted root vegetables
  • Light ginger tea before bed (not too potent)
  • If you must have sweets, make your own chocolate brownies, cookie dough etc using almond flour and maple syrup or honey. Recipes in my books.

Do NOT eat:
(As these can cause instant inflammation and cause the diverticulitis to worsen.)

  1. No gluten
  2. No dairy. Dairy, which contains proteins like casein and whey that can irritate and inflame your gut, is another common culprit.
  3. No refined sugars (white sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar and corn syrup). If you can only source sugars from fruit that would be ideal. If you have to choose a sweetener, go for honey, maple syrup or dates. But fruit is the best option.
  4. No meat
  5. No nuts
  6. No seeds
  7. No corn

Other Practices:

  1. Bowel Rest. We are programmed to eat so much food, we don’t have to eat if we aren’t hungry, and the body will show us if it wants to rest on the eating. Drink a liquid meal instead.
  2. Louise Hay’s affirmation for “Bowel Problems” is ‘I freely and easily release the old and joyously welcome the new.’
  3. Low fiber diet. Check out my book for an abundance of recipes to support your new lifestyle!
  4. Breathing into the gut, place hands on gut and do deep breathing. Visualize healing.
  5. Gut chakra focus and work.
  6. Visualize. See your digestive tract as healthy and beautiful. Print out a picture of a healthy digestive graphic from the internet and stick it somewhere you see every day to create those powerful visualizations for creating the digestive tract you want and deserve.
  7. Anti-inflammatory diet for the rest of your life.
  8. Practice mindfulness and meditations, diverticulitis is a dis-ease and the more you are at “ease” in your body the better. Bruce Lipton writes about how when we are joyful, happy and peaceful, it influences the trillions of cells we have, which boosts our immune system and creates healing in the body. Stress weakens the immune system, and this is where disease thrives.
  9. Oxygen, checkout an oxygen chamber. I wrote a Huff Post piece on the oxygen chamber if you want to learn more.



Diverticulitis is a digestive disease inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches in the digestive tract.

Interesting fact: There are more than 200,000 cases reported per year in the United States and is most common for people between from 40-60 years onwards. In 2003 in Europe, it resulted in approximately 13,000 deaths. Costs associated with diverticular disease are around $2.4 billion a year in the United States as of 2013.

Possible causes for diverticulitis:

  • Nutrition deprivation / poor diet
  • Eating too much meat
  • Consuming dairy
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Family history

The good news is, it can be treated and healed with diet. If it’s not taken care of it can lead to serious issues including surgery or cancer. People with diverticulitis can experience relief within days to weeks by following the protocol above. However, the patient will need to ensure a healthy anti-inflammatory diet for the rest of their life. 

Even if you have already treated diverticulitis with antibiotics or surgery, it is still important that you follow the above protocol to ensure no new flare ups.

About Author
Liana Werner-Gray
Liana Werner-Gray is an advocate for natural healing using a healthy diet and lifestyle. After healing herself of many health conditions through embracing a natural lifestyle, she began lecturing and teaching about the Earth Diet internationally. Continue reading