Information and facts on Diverticulitis

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Diverticulitis is a condition where the muscous membranes of the colon lining become inflamed causing the formation of small pouchy areas called diverticula in the large intestine. Once these form they may not go away. It maybe caused by eating a low fiber diet and poor nutrition. Symptoms may include: bloating, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, there maybe blood in the stool. Diverticulitis normally affects people over 50 years old but as with other health problems the age seems to be lowering. Smoking and stress will probably make the problem worse and even trigger them. Poor eating habits and not getting the right nutrients also increase the chances of having both anemia and diverticulitis.

Diverticulitis is a health condition where the mucous membranes that line the colon become inflamed, causing the formation of small, pouch like areas called diverticula in the large intestine. When diverticula develop, they do not normally go away. The diverticula themselves may cause no symptoms, however when waste matter becomes trapped in them, they will become infected and inflamed, causing fever, chills, and pain. Diverticula normally form when the person with them is constipated. Eating a low fiber diet, as is typical in industrialized countries such as the USA, may contribute to the development of diverticulitis. Without the fiber to soften and add bulk, stools are more difficult to pass. Greatly increased pressure is required to force small portions of hard, dry stool through the bowel. This rise in pressure can cause pouches to form at weak points in the wall of the colon. Diverticulitis may be acute or may be chronic. Its symptoms include: cramping, bloating, tenderness on the left side of the abdomen that is relieved by passing gas or a bowel movement, constipation or diarrhea, nausea, and an almost continual need to eliminate waste.

There may be blood in the stool. Diverticulitis normally affects people between the ages of 50 and 90, however younger people may also be affected especially with their poor diet and nutrition. It affects millions of Americans, but many people do not even know they have the condition because they either experience no symptoms or think their symptoms are just simple indigestion. Exactly why is not known, but it is known that smoking and stress make symptoms worse. In fact, diverticulitis is a primary example of a stress related problem. Poor eating habits make the problem worse and may even be a major cause. A poor diet, a family history of the disease, gallbladder disease, obesity, and coronary artery disease all increase the risk of developing diverticulitis.

There are several diagnostic tests available to help diagnose diverticulitis. A barium enema is a procedure in which the colon is filled with liquid barium and x-rays are taken to reveal pouches in the colon wall, narrowing of the colon, or other abnormalities. With sigmoidoscopy, a thin, flexible lighted tube is inserted into the rectum to give the physician a closer look at the lower colon. If necessary, tissue samples can be removed for examination. To see into other parts of the colon, a colonoscopy must be performed. This is similar to a sigmoidoscopy, but allows a view of the entire colon. However, as always the best thing is prevention and the information and supplements on this webpage can help with preventing diverticulitis and related health problems.


Nutrient / Supplement Importance
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Helpful notes
Colon cleansing 10 a good colon intestinal cleansing may help to clean out toxins and to balance the lower digestive system. It is also very helpful if it also has ingredients like lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus rhanosus, bifidobacterium longum, and lactobacillus plantarum to help rebuild the good bacteria needed for proper digestion and absorption of your food.
Omega fatty acids 10 helps to improve lymphatic function and aids in the protection of the lining of the colon wall. Fatty acids are found in omega fatty acids from fish and flax and borage seed oils from plants.
vitamin C 8 helps reduce inflammation and boosts the immune system. Can be taken in a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement.
vitamin K 8 helps with all types of intestinal disorders
Alfalfa 8 herb that contains vitamin K
Aloe vera 8 herb that helps with digestive and intestinal health problems
Chamomile 8 herb that works with aloe vera for stress relief
Red Clover 8 herb that helps detox and heal the gastrointestinal system
Multi-vitamin & Mineral supplement 10 vitamin B complex, vitamin A, vitamin E, and other vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, all serve to help balance the body and provide nutrients to prevent diverticulitis and other realted health disorders. The nutrients found in a daily supplement are needed for good general health and well being.
Garlic 8 garlic has been shown to aid in digestion and also helps to destroy both bad parasites and bad bacteria.
Glutamine 8 an important metabolic fuel for the intestines
vitamin A 8 aids in healing the lining of the colon
vitamin E 8 powerful anti oxidant that helps to protect the mucous membranes


Other Changes To Make

  • drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or filtered water a day

  • eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)

  • nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good

  • juice is good (make your own with a juice machine)

  • do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods

  • carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack

  • a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)

  • do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks

  • do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...

  • use stress relief like going for walks in the park (or the 10/90 rule - see Stress)

  • brown rice is good to eat

  • avoid red meat and animal fats

  • reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others

  • fast a few days a month

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep 

  • exercise light to moderate amounts

  • avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet

  • do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke

  • do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal

  • do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry

  • do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else

All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or to administer to any physical ailments.
In all matters related to your health please contact a qualified, licensed Medical Consultant or Doctor.
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