Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies for Diverticulitis Relief: Safe & Effective

| Modified on Jun 22, 2024
Grapefruit Seed Extract

Diverticulitis, a condition marked by inflammation in the digestive tract, often requires a multifaceted approach for effective management. In addition to medical treatment, several natural remedies can offer significant relief and support. This comprehensive guide explores a range of natural solutions, including grapefruit seed extract, aloe vera juice, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and an acid/alkaline diet. Each of these remedies has unique properties that can aid in alleviating symptoms of diverticulitis, from antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects to promoting digestive health and balancing gut pH levels. Delve into how these natural remedies can enhance your overall well-being and provide a holistic approach to managing diverticulitis.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit seed extract is renowned for its antimicrobial properties, making it a valuable natural remedy for those with diverticulitis. Its ability to combat infections is particularly beneficial, as diverticulitis can be associated with bacterial overgrowth in the gut. By boosting immunity and fighting off harmful pathogens, grapefruit seed extract can help reduce inflammation and infection in the diverticula, aiding in managing diverticulitis symptoms.

Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera juice, derived from the inner leaf gel of the aloe plant, offers soothing and healing benefits for diverticulitis sufferers. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce gut inflammation, a key aspect of diverticulitis. Additionally, aloe vera juice's gentle laxative effect can aid in easing constipation, a common issue in diverticulitis, while its rich nutrient content supports overall digestive health.

Sea Salt

With its natural mineral content, sea salt can be a supportive remedy for those with diverticulitis. Its ability to balance electrolytes is crucial for maintaining proper hydration, which is essential in softening stool and preventing constipation, a common trigger for diverticulitis flare-ups. Furthermore, sea salt's detoxifying properties can aid in flushing out toxins that may exacerbate gut inflammation.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a versatile natural remedy that can aid in managing diverticulitis. Its acetic acid content has antimicrobial properties, which can help control harmful bacteria in the gut. Additionally, apple cider vinegar can aid digestion and maintain a healthy pH balance in the stomach, contributing to a less inflammatory environment in the digestive tract, which is beneficial for those with diverticulitis.

Acid/Alkaline Diet

The acid/alkaline diet, focusing on alkaline-promoting foods, can be particularly beneficial for individuals with diverticulitis. This diet, emphasizing the intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, supports a healthy digestive system and can reduce inflammation in the gut. By reducing the intake of acidic foods like processed grains and meats, which can aggravate symptoms, the acid/alkaline diet can help create a more favorable environment for healing in diverticulitis patients.

High-Fiber Diet

A cornerstone in the management of diverticulitis is a high-fiber diet. Fiber helps soften stool and promotes regular bowel movements, thus reducing the pressure on the colon. Fiber-rich foods include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. However, during acute diverticulitis flare-ups, a low-fiber diet is often recommended to allow the colon to heal before gradually reintroducing fiber.


Probiotics play a crucial role in maintaining gut health. They help balance the gut microbiome, which can be beneficial in managing diverticulitis. Probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods can be incorporated into the diet, or probiotic supplements can be taken.

Herbal Remedies

Certain herbs have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can help alleviate symptoms of diverticulitis. Aloe vera, slippery elm, and marshmallow root are known for their gut-healing properties. These herbs can be taken as teas, capsules, or tinctures. However, consulting with a healthcare professional before starting any herbal treatment is important.

Adequate Hydration

Staying well-hydrated is essential for digestive health. Adequate water intake helps in preventing constipation and reduces strain on the colon. This is particularly important for individuals with diverticulitis, as dehydration can exacerbate symptoms.

Gentle Exercise

Regular, gentle exercise can improve digestive function and reduce the risk of diverticulitis flare-ups. Activities like walking, yoga, and swimming are beneficial. Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, reduces pressure on the digestive system, and promotes regular bowel movements.

Stress Reduction

Stress can have a significant impact on digestive health. Techniques like meditation, deep breathing exercises, and mindfulness can help manage stress levels, which may alleviate symptoms of diverticulitis.


The journey through natural remedies for diverticulitis highlights the power of holistic health strategies in managing this condition. From the antimicrobial strength of grapefruit seed extract and the soothing benefits of aloe vera juice to the balancing effects of the acid/alkaline diet and the gut-healing properties of probiotics and herbal remedies, these natural approaches offer a comprehensive toolkit for those seeking relief. Coupled with lifestyle modifications like adequate hydration, gentle exercise, and stress reduction, these remedies can significantly improve digestive health and quality of life.

Continue reading below to learn which natural remedies helped Earth Clinic readers and please let us know what worked for you!

Acid Alkaline Diet

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Posted by Erica (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) on 09/15/2011

My mum has been following an acid alkaline diet which has really helped heal not only her diverticulitis but ulcers too. She no longer takes any medicine and is can even eat foods that she couldn't tolerate before - though in moderation!

Replied by Suhas
(New York)

What is acid alkaline diet for diverticulitis? What to eat, what not to eat.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

Just search online for a list of alkaline foods. Search EC for Ted's alkalyzing remedies.

Aloe Vera Juice

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Posted by Nancy (Los Angeles) on 04/24/2023

I want to thank the original poster who recommended Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharrides. I'm convinced this helped speed up the recovery for my SO who just got his second bout of diverticulitis. The first time, he got antibiotics....unfortunately, that led to c.diff, and a subsequent fecal transplant. It worked and got rid of the c.diff.... now 3 years later, the diverticulitis came back, he recognized the pain immediately.

We're convinced, after reading some of these other posts, that the cause for him was eating pumpkin seeds and popcorn, because it was literally the next day he started feeling a certain familiar discomfort that got increasingly more painful. I came on here and bought the Serovera AMP on Amazon for a crazy $143, the Physician's Choice 60 Billion 10 Strain probiotics, and slippery elm by Horbaach. The Probiotics came first, but it didn't really help with the pain. The next day, the Serovera AMP and slippery elm came...the day after that, his pain was reduced dramatically. I'm writing this post on Monday, April 24th, 2023. The discomfort began for him last Sunday, April 16th. He went to work the next day and came home unusually early. I asked why he was home early, and he said he thinks the diverticulitis came back. So within a week from discovery, it's essentially gone. I'm going to have him finish all 3 bottles. I hope this post helps someone in the future, like all of the other posters here have helped me. :)

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Marsh (Colo) on 03/01/2022

Have several in-laws who suffer from diverticulitis attacks. I have them keep George's aloe vera juice on hand. It was recommended on a special diet for me after suffering from a parasite that damaged my intestines. It's distilled and tastes like water. It can cause loose stools so 1/4 cup in the AM and another before bed should be good for most. It's also important to stay hydrated (with electrolytes) if the diverticulitis medications cause diarrhea. Slippery Elm and Licorice help coat and calm stomach cramps. I hope EC allows the brand of the aloe as we've found other brands taste foul, or are too rough on the stomach.

Replied by Madelyn

Hello Marsh,

What have you found that the aloe does for diverticulitis? Does it soothe the intestines or does it actually help get rid of the infection? Thank you :)

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Alyson (Leesburg, Va) on 02/15/2016


I have been taking Aloe Vera Juice (Whole Leaf) for over two years for diverticulitis. I was just in the ER twice in one week with heart issues, low potassium and electrolyte imbalances. The cardiologist suggested it could be the Aloe Vera juice and had me read a few articles, including one from the Mayo clinic, that have severe warnings about internally taking it which described almost all of my symptoms. I'm wondering if anyone has heard any dangers about it? I was happy taking it and really thought it worked; now I'm not so sure.

Replied by Robert H.
(Mount Pleasant, Sc)

Look for Aloe that is made from the fillet and NOT "Whole Leaf" The latex lining of the green outer skin contains laxative ingredients and the side effects listed by the Mayo Clinic. Almost all Aloe on the market is processed with activated charcoal to remove the latex component.

Replied by Lee

Yes, anyone can have an allergic reaction to any herb or plant that will detox you. Aloe is a very strong detox - makes me sick * don't listen to what the masses out there say -most are wrong even the docs and super food guru's -- ask within for guidance --psyllium will heal the divertic but small amounts at once.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Kteachernc (Charlotte, Nc) on 12/22/2015

Aloe with AMP (Aloe Mucilaginous Polysaccharides) works so far! It caused the cramping, burn and PAIN to leave within 1 and 1/2 hrs.....wow....taking Turmeric with it also. I was on two rounds antibiotics and desperate when I read this site.....thank you, thank you.....I want to tell EVERYONE it works.....Aloe Vera Juice with AMP "nasty taste" but worth it.....got overnight order for a different brand now because people posted it tastes better....Praise God for answers online....suffered for so many years, so grateful....thank you everyone!!

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Lisad (Cirencester, Uk) on 10/15/2014

I've suffered with Diverticulitis for a number of years now as it comes and goes in severity. About 18 months ago, I had a particularly bad bout and it was time to see the doctor. He gave a course of antibiotics which I admit did make me feel worse before I felt better. I'm certainly not a fan of antibiotics but occasionally they are needed.

Obviously, a good course of high quality probiotics are indicated after using antibiotics... and of course anything that is going to improve digestive health with this condition is a positive thing. I personally like the Odos Choice as there are 30 billion viable organisms per capsule, about 8 different strains and they have to be kept in the fridge which for some reason makes me feel more confident about it - but I digress.

I have always been a fan of Aloe and I spend alot of time in France. They have a drink there in most shops that is basically just water and aloe and everyone drinks it for their overall gut health (presumably because of a rich food diet). I found though that it works miracles if you just use it (well Aloe in general) all the time, rather than when you are feeling under the weather as it's also a powerful preventative measure rather than a treatment.

I get very few problems these days as a result (although Aloe isn't the only thing I use every day but it one of the main things).

Yay for Aloe Vera - which tastes nice and sounds nice. :)

Replied by Timh
2063 posts

To help empower your probiotic and get more bang for your buck, it is recommended to take a natural antibiotic like Grapefruitseed, Olive Leaf, or Oregano Extract before retiring and take the probiotic first thing when awakening. FOS or Inulin is also recommended as a pre-probiotic as it helps the digestion environment for proper colonization.

Another critical nutrient for colon health is Butyric Acid. Butyric Acid is found most abundant in Butter and gives it the kinda rotten smell. B.A. is rarely available in supplement form but is effective and would be highly recommended during flare-ups. Also the body makes B.A. as a byproduct of incomplete digestion of Wheat or Oat Fiber.

Back to Aloe Vera. I have been using Aloe on-and-off for yrs. I currently take two soft gels once per wk as a maintenance dose.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Gg (Denver, CO) on 10/09/2014

One of the best aloes that was recommended (by Jini Patel Thompson who healed her crohn's disease) is George's aloe which helped heal my IBS along with licorace, marshmellow, slippery elm and Natren probiotics. Country Life Papaya Enzymes were my favorite but since healing my gut, I've not needed any for 10 months (before I averaged 10-20 a week). God knows these sources were so much better than what the docs suggested. If you have stress in your life, consider adrenal support products. Tumeric (1/4 - 1/2 t for smaller framed person; 3/4 t for larger) works amazingly well to eliminate boils or fistulas. Not only did I drink it (in almond milk but not necessary) but applied it as a paste. By next morning, gone. It may cause your heart to race, so start small. Back to the aloe, it was explained to me that one should only drink the purest form of aloe, esp if there are stomach or intestinal issues. George's is pure, tastes like refreshing water and take approx 1/4 cup before meals.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Prioris (Fl, US) on 09/19/2014

When push comes to shove, one can try a more expensive option for ulcers when lower cost options don't work. It cured my diverticulitis within two months. I used Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharrides. It did cost me $126 at full dose per month at 9 capsules per day. I was able to cut down to 2 capsules per day after 2 months. How fast it works depends on severity of ulcers. Some people can have results in a week. Once you get better, you can cut down your dosage.

You should be on a high quality pro biotic. Probiotics has also cured this condition. I assume you have tried that.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Wholly Holistic (Little Rock, Ar) on 10/04/2013

AMP-ed up aloe vera likely saved my life. Physician had me on two strong antibiotics to cure diverticulitis leaving me with strict instructions to take ALL doses. Within two days, I was having what I call rigors (muscle rigidity) and felt close to death! When by the grace of God, I awakened that next morning I told my husband I would NEVER take another antibiotic in my life. After researching on earthclinic.com, I dispatched my husband to the health food store to buy several items! But the one that made the most immediate impact was ALOE Vera juice with AMP. Within 1 hour I was better and by the afternoon I was 2000% better!!!!! It is now a part of my daily regime, although it does taste like drinking hydrogen peroxide.

Replied by Prioris

I took the AMP capsules so the taste was irrelevant. Most AMP products come with 270 capsules although slightly different strengths but I did find one with 90 capsules and good strengths so lower cost for less severe condition. I had to take AMP capsules for a month and half before I found relief but many people find immediate relief within days or weeks. It depends upon the severity of the problem. Here are comparisons of some products: aloereviews.com/Reviews.aspx

Replied by Peteremond
(Mobile, Al)

What brand of Aloe with the high levels of AMP did you use to heal your diverticulitis? I'm using Lily of the Desert aloe gel, but I'm still having pain in my lower left abdomen. Before I make an expensive purchase, I'd like to learn what is working for other diverticulitis patients.

Replied by Prioris
(Fl, Usa)

I used Aloe MP PLus. The capsules are pure AMP. I'm sure other brands will work.The chart on reviews will point out things to look for in an AMP product. It probably comes down to getting the most bang for your money.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Mdepaul (Philadelphia, PA) on 09/02/2013

Diverticulitis: Fourteen years ago I had terrible pain in my intestinal tract. I could not go to the hospital because of no insurance and I praise the Lord to this day that he sent me to the computer where I discovered a site, do not remember which one but they all had serious problems with their intestines, ulcerative colitis, bleeding etc. One of the common things that was working for many of them was an aloe product which was a fortune but supposedly was better because they had elilminated things which could be harmful to you. I could not afford the two hundred they were charging and decided to go and buy regular aloe. I had been suffering for about a week or more with horrible pain. I went and purchased the aloe capsule in herb form not gel, the gel did not work for me. Within a day my pain had gone. I stayed on this everyday and have not stopped. It has been fifteen years and I still take it and will not stop. I praise the Lord for showing me the way to healing.

Replied by Peteremond
(Mobile, Al)

What brand of aloe did you use? Dosage?

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Prioris (Fort Pierce, Fl, Usa) on 05/23/2013

Remedy: Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide (AMP). I am surprised AMP isn't mentioned. The best Aloe Vera is a very highly concentrated and purified form of the active ingredient called Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide. This not only does not contain any toxins and side effects but solves a large number of intestinal and bowel disease problems. Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide is a natural antibiotic. It is kind of expensive but after it works, you can taper down. There is a chart which compares the Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide products on the internet somewhere.

Also Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide will heal the little sacs in the intestine. Doctors say they won't heal. That is baloney. With the right nutrients, your body will heal.

The regular Aloe Vera would not work on my diverticulitis. It was too weak. Plus it caused nausea. It took 2 months for it to work. You will also figure out which foods are causing it after a while. They may not be the ones that get listed either. I do take a small amount of fiber to clean my intestine a little also.

Replied by Alyson Linville
(Leesburg, Va)

I have been taking Aloe Vera juice (from Amazon) - two or three "shots" a day, with papaya tablets after every meal. I also take L-glutamin 500 mg a day. Since May I have been off the Flagyll and Cirpro. So far it's working and I thank this website. No more popcorn or fried chicken:( But for me - better than the antibiotics! ) and I still can have my wine:)

Replied by Prioris
(Fl, Usa)

Noticed you had "Better but not cured" label. You may need a stronger version of aloe vera. Try the AMP tablet version.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Cc (Fort Worth, Tx) on 03/30/2013

I have not been "officially" diagnosed by a doctor as to whether I have diverticulitus or not - it could be IBS but my symptoms for diverticulitus are nearly exactly what others have suffered, so I tried aloe vera juice and grapefruit seed extract and probiotics (kefir). I was completely amazed at my relief after just a couple of days. I am fairly convinced it was the aloe vera juice for the most part because kefir and other probiotics have been part of my daily life for 10 years and I was still suffering. I will be consuming 8oz or so of the aloe vera juice daily for a while to see if I can avoid flare ups. I may add papaya enzyme as well. I was totally thrilled when my symptoms completely disappeared and felt normal for the first time in nearly a decade!

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Gary (Stuart, Florida) on 02/17/2013

After a flare up of diverticulitis symptoms, I am convinced the aloe vera juice was the greatest factor in significantly reducing my symptoms within 24 hrs. I also took papaya enzyme, grape seed extract, and probiotic complex. Was hospitalized 2 years ago, and do not want to go that route again. Will start doing the fiber again as prescribed. There is a " gummy bear" like chewable on the market now that does not require that you have to drink water with it.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Brenda (Fort Worth, Texas) on 04/10/2012

Well I am on my third bout of diverticulitis and my friend found this site. We went out immediately and bought aloe Vera juice. Today I was totally miserable for hours then remembered. I have the aloe Vera juice. I drank down an ounce and I am telling you in seconds I started to feel better. That was at 10 :33. It is 10 50 and for the last 10 minutes I have felt so much better!!! Lord I hope this is real.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Johanna (Colorado Springs, Colorado) on 08/06/2011

Diverticulitis: Been doing the Aloe Vera juice, but never thought about adding papaya. My first bout with diverticulitis happened after I gorged on raspberries from my back yard. After waiting all summer, they seemed to ripen overnight, and I indulged a little too much. After 7 weeks of anti-biotics and still in pain, the Dr. suggested surgery. I went straight to the internet for alternative remedies and found Aloe Vera juice listed. That was 6 years ago. Now, when I feel a twinge, I hit the juice!

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

Johanna, can one really get diverticulitis because of eating too many raspberries? I thought that were terribly healthy and the only thing you could get from eating too many was diarrhea? But diverticulitis, if I understand well, comes from constipation. I am interested in this subject because we are intending to grow raspberries in our new house so I might be tempted to eat a lot more of them but I don't want to get health problems!

Replied by Mary
(San Carlos, California, Usa)

I believe it is the seeds from the berries that get caught in the pockets of the diverticulitous in the colon that cause the problem, along with nuts and seeds like sesame seeds and so forth. This is what a Dr. told my friend who had a severe case of diverticulitis.

Replied by Laurie
(Atlanta, GA)

Seeds, nuts, etc do not cause diverticulitis. Look at the mayoclinic.com or clevelandclinic.com and you will see that although Dr's told people with diverticulitis not to eat popcorn, seeds or nuts for years, recent studies show no correlation. I've also been told that not enough fiber causes diverticulitis, but since I grew up eating from an organic garden, and still eat a lot of fiber and not a lot of processed foods, I don't think that is the cause either. My grandmother had it and never ate processed food in her life. Had raw veggies with every lunch and dinner. So in my opinion, we don't really know what causes diverticulitis.


They say nuts, seeds, and high fiber don't cause diverticulitis but if you do have it, you shouldn't eat them because they can cause a flare up. They are small enough to get caught in the sacs and cause inflammation or infection.


Nuts and seeds is what brings on my diverticulitis and sends me to the Dr office every time...Everyone is different...The foods that cause me a flare up are popcorn, any type of nuts or seeds, strawberries, blue berries, raspberries, jerky and pepperoni. All of these foods have caused me flareups.

Replied by Sheila
(Egg Harbor Township, NJ)

Seeds do not CAUSE diverticulitis. A low fiber diet can cause it to develop. Once you have the condition, you need to eliminate things like seeds from your diet as they will cause a flare-up, because they get caught in the pockets in the colon which causes inflammation and pain.

Replied by Diana
(Washington State, US)

Yes, the Mayo Clinic. other sites, and even my doctor say nuts and seeds are ok. For me they are the kiss of death..I only have to look at a sesame seed, popcord, chunky peanut butter and I am sick! Trying aloe starting today...fingers crossed

Replied by Jean

I was just diagnosed with diverticulitis. Dr. gave me 2 shots in the rear.They gave me one bag of IV antibiotics and sent me home with Cipro and Flagyl oral antibiotics. Its day 4 since diagnosed and I feel better than when I went in but it still is hurting and I had alot of back and pelvic pain with mine. Did anyone else? My back still hurt and pelvis which is what I struggled with for months on end before my lower abdominals started really hurting. Actually my abdominals didn't start hurting until about 2 weeks ago but the backache has been 6 months at least. Just wondering if they are even related. I have to strain alot to pass stools whether they are hard or not. I always have to push to get out my BM's. I have internal hemorroids and that is part of the problem. But I wonder if scar tissue for passing too large BM has not happened. Anyway I don't know a cure for me as I will always strain and I think that is what cause the intestines to swell the pockets from pure pressure of straining at the bowel to empty. I need to fill up the pockets so nothing can get in. I heard Slippery elm helps coats the intestines and if the normal muscus coating fills in the pockets then nothing can get in. Short on me having them get rid of the hemorroids which is surgury that I don't want. I don't feel like I have a answer. Does anyone know of anything to get rid of internal hemorroids?

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn.)

HI U JEAN, , , , , , , , , most of us have Diverticulosis. Not an expert, but I thought this was a physical thing. So what has shots and antibiotics have to do with the problem? Your doctor need some jack?

My tractor driver had a bowel problem and she did a long colon cleanse and is now much better. We also do a colonic once a month. My suggestion is to research until you are sleepy and then research some more. Your solution is on the internet somewhere, your chore is to find it.


Replied by Timh
2063 posts

J: A common cause of Coon disorders is some type parasites. I would begin treatment for those higher up the chain than what the meds you got treat. The standard herbals are a combination of Black Walnut Hulls, Wormwood Bark, and Clove. You can find these in one supplement at most health food stores. In addition to these herbs I personally recommend adding Garlic and Oregano plus a spoon of Milled Flaxseed (cleans the colon from the inside out).

More info on your condition here https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/diverticulosis-diverticulitis-treatment.html

Replied by Jenjen

Regarding seeds - if you are forming normal stools, there should not be loose seeds and nuts floating around separately in the colon to get stuck anywhere - it should all be bound safely in the stool, which should slide through the colon with the natural mucuses smoothly past any imperfections.... That is why fiber is recommended - it helps the stool to form and bind correctly.

However I suspect, since clearly some people can't tolerate seeds/nuts, the differences between people may be due to some people not forming good stools, or not having normal mucus secretion in the colon, so loose bits might drift around or get caught up. So I don't think this is a yes/no issue. Just try to figure out for yourself what your risk factors are. In theory you should not have loose raspberry seeds by the time the food reaches you colon, but perhaps a few people do!

So I have not given up seeds and nuts, and will continue to work on having healthy stools to avoid future episodes. Glad to read about Aloe, I will add to the preventives. Thanks all.

Replied by Lynn
(Douglas, Ga)

You can't fill the pockets, that is what causes the problem, when something gets caught in there, it causes an infection to start. I read a lot on this, I have it and all things point to a low fiber diet.When you get an attack, stop eating solid foods and go liquid all day, let your intestines clear out. Probiotics, digestive enzymes, aloe tabs, help immensely .

Replied by Rhonda

It was determined from a colonoscopy that I have diverticulosis, and am experiencing a bout of diverticulitis right now, but I have rarely ever in my life been constipated, so I don't believe that constipation causes it.

Replied by Melinda
(North Carolina)

I had my hemorrhoids banded - no surgery. Easy, painless procedure. Ask your Gastroenterologist.

Replied by Bridge

Well I can't say that nuts and seeds actually “cause” diverticulitis; however, if you have an unknown flare up and consume these foods, the situation will be exacerbated. I can tell you my first flare up ever came after gorging on peanuts on a road trip and every other flare up I have had since then has been a result of eating cucumbers or popcorn, cashews, peanut m&m's, okra, corn, gumbo made with roux (oil and flour paste) tomatoes, raw broccoli, excessive roughage etc...I can also say this has been the same for my mother, oldest sister and only brother so this has been my experience and that of others. Also, I am a nurse and I have seen quite a few patients with flare ups caused by the same.