How to Eat More Fiber
Combine Fiber With Fluid
If you wish to prevent or reduce symptoms of diverticular problems by increasing fiber intake, it’s important to increase your fluid intake at the same time. Insoluble fiber requires fluid in order to form stools that are easy to pass.
Increase Fiber Consumption Gradually
A sudden increase in dietary fiber intake can cause temporary digestive discomfort, including bloating and flatulence. To minimize these symptoms, it is best to increase your fiber intake gradually, over a period of time.
Increase Both Insoluble and Soluble Fiber Intake
Insoluble and soluble fiber offer differing benefits. Many high fiber foods contain a combination of both, although one usually predominates. Good sources of the less well known soluble fiber include: beans, apples, citrus fruits and oats.
If you suffer from diverticulitis your doctor may also recommend taking a fiber product such as Citrucel or Metamucil once a day. These products typically provide 2-3.5 grams of fiber per tablespoon, mixed with 8 ounces of water.