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What Is Diverticulitis and What Causes It?

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What Are the Symptoms of a Diverticulitis Flare-Up?

Health Tips To Avoid Diverticulitis


What Is Diverticulitis?  What Causes Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a common digestive disease which occurs when small pouches (diverticula) which have developed along the wall of the colon become infected and inflamed.

As you age, the walls of your colon (large intestine) weaken. This increases the likelihood of diverticula forming when too much pressure is placed on the colon walls, such as when you pass hard stools.

The formation of the pouches themselves, known as diverticulosis, can be benign at first — until the diverticula become inflamed.

It is estimated that 30-40% of 60-year-olds have diverticulosis (pouch development). Cases of young people developing diverticulosis, and in some cases diverticulitis, are on the rise as well.

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What Are the Symptoms of a Diverticulitis Flare-Up?

Common symptoms associated with diverticulitis include abdominal pain and tenderness, constipation, cramping, bloating, fever, and occasionally rectal bleeding.

Consult your doctor at the first sign of fever or rectal bleeding.

What Are the Best Treatments for Diverticulitis?

A common principal cause of diverticulitis is a diet that is too low in fiber, which can lead to hard stools that put increased pressure on the colon walls as they pass. Therefore, the best way to prevent both diverticulosis and the diverticulitis flare-ups that may follow is to strive to maintain regular, soft bowel movements.

Health Tips To Avoid Diverticulitis

  • High-fiber diets are best to help reduce your chance of diverticula forming in your colon.  View Chart of High-Fiber Foods
  • If you have trouble including enough fiber in your diet, consider a soluble fiber supplement such as Acacia Fiber Powder to help support intestinal regularity. Acacia fiber is generally well-tolerated and can be used daily to support intestinal health.
  • Reacted Magnesium
  • Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
  • Some doctors recommend avoiding nuts and seeds.
  • Probiotics may help by improving the overall health of your colon. Use a probiotic such as Ortho Biotic that is broad-spectrum and includes the Saccharomyces boulardii yeast strain.
  • Maintaining balanced magnesium levels is important to ensure that your stools are soft. Reacted magnesium can help with this. Taking a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) can provide you with more information about your body's magnesium levels.
  • To ensure regular, soft bowel movements and a healthy colon, try our 3-step enema series 1 to 3 times per week.

Home Remedies for Diverticulitis Symptoms

If you're already experiencing symptoms associated with diverticulitis, the following may help:

Summary

Diverticulitis is very common, but is also preventable in many cases. The most important steps you can take to prevent diverticulitis are maintaining a healthy colon and soft, regular bowel movements. Eating foods that are high in fiber, regularly cleansing your colon, and taking the right supplements can be the key to diverticulitis prevention.

DISCLAIMER: The material on this page presented for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or prescribing from a licensed healthcare professional. Consult with your doctor before altering or discontinuing any current medications, treatment, or care, or starting any diet, exercise, cleansing, or supplementation program, or if you have or suspect you might have a health condition that requires medical attention.


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Diverticulitis Prevention or Management?

For initial questions or help with product selection for your home enema program, please call the Optimal Health Network at (608) 242-0200.

If you have additional questions or concerns about home colon cleansing or diverticulitis prevention or management, I would be happy to assist via a scheduled phone consultation. I charge $1.80 per minute. First complete any relevant sections on my secure online intake form. Upon submitting the form, you will be prompted to set a consultation time with me via my online booking system. Please note that appointment times are USA Central Time.

By Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC
I-ACT-Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Certified Nutritional Consultant