Diverticulitis is preceded by diverticulosis.
The colon (large bowel) is a long tube-like structure that stores and then eliminates waste material left over after digestion of food. Increased pressure within the colon (often as a result of constipation &/or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), causes bulging pockets of tissue (called diverticula), that push out from the bowel walls like grapes. Diverticulitis typically occurs when these pockets become irritated, inflamed and infected.
It is extremely important to have a regular easy bowel movement every day! Even 2-3 times a day would be great as long as you are not cramping/pain, having loose stools or uncontrolled urgency.
Diet is very important.
- Eliminate all Dairy Products as they are very constipating. Instead use dairy substitutes like coconut milk, almond milk or rice milk products. Don’t eat a lot of bananas, they are constipating too.
- Drink plenty of clean water throughout the day, every day. It’s nature’s natural cleanser to flush out toxins and rehydrates the stools making them less hard.
- Eliminate white flour and limit wheat flour products like bread and pasta, instead eat other grains and incorporate more gluten free products like Quinoa pasta.
- Put more fiber in your diet, which acts like scrub brushes cleaning the colon lining. Eating green leafy vegetables are a good source of nutrition, fiber and are natural detoxifiers. Psyllium husk powder, ground chia seeds and ground flax seeds are an easy way to add fiber to your diet. Just be careful not to take too much or it can become irritating and cause inflammation, gas and potential constipation/diarrhea. It is best to start with a small amount such as ¼ tsp and gradually increase the dosage based on how you feel.
- Detoxing the bowel of potential pathogens and improving immune function is very helpful. Bowel Detox (Vinco) contains anti-pathogen herbs Olive Leaf, Cat’s Claw, Oregano Leaf, & Grapefruit seed extract.
- Taking a daily ant-inflammatory like Kyolic Curcumin (Kyolic) helps to heal the lining of the intestinal tract and decrease inflammation.
- Take a good probiotic 1-2 x day and keep 1 hour away from food (Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic) will help digest foods properly and improve immune system function within the colon.
- If constipation is a chronic issue taking magnesium is a natural stool softener. The dosage varies from person to person, so start low and increase until the stools become slightly soft. Omega 3 Fish Oil (Nordic Naturals) will also help soften the stools and keeps inflammation down.
If you are experiencing diverticulitis it is very important to see a Practitioner for specific instructions. Appointments are available at the Tree of Life Wellness Center (telephone or in-office) at 508-336-4242.
Jane Jansen Holistic Practitioner Tree of Life Wellness Center
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