Diverticulosis is a disease that affects the bowels and mimics Irritable Bowel Syndrome with stomach pain and cramps. When food debris is left in the colon it causes inflammation, weakens the wall of the colon, and can even cause infection. This is what causes the stomach pain, cramps, and bloating.
Diverticulosis is linked to a diet of heavily refined foods, low fiber foods, and chronic constipation, according to studies. And, it affects people over the age of 70 at a higher rate than those who are younger.
What may be more interesting is the fact that most people that have Diverticulosis don’t even have any symptoms…they don’t know they have it until they have some type of test run, like a colonoscopy. Having said that, I don’t think that you should run out and have tests run just to check to see if you have this condition. But, I do think that if you know you are eating a diet as described above, that you making a choice to eat differently would be to your best benefit.
If, by chance, you do happen to have symptoms and discomfort associated with Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis, check out these natural remedies:
- Add oat or rice bran to diet.
- Add fruits and veggies that are high in fiber, like potatoes, yams, broccoli, prunes
- Eat foods with live culture, like yogurt, kefir, miso; or take Probiotics
- Eliminate foods that cause constipation, like dairy, fried foods, red meats, sugary foods
- Drink plenty of fluids, including water, apple juice, and cranberry juice
- Take an enema twice a week (peppermint, fenugreek, or catnip)
- Get massage therapy treatments
- Get active (i.e. walk daily)
- Apply wet hot ginger compresses to abdomen and lower back
- Heal bowel tissue with Evening Primrose Oil
- Ease gas and bloating with GastroZyme
- Reduce inflammation with slippery elm tea
- Control infection with garlic extract caps
- Reduce undigested food debris with Digest