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Diverticulitis

Getting enough fiber in your diet (30 to 35 grams daily) is the most important thing you can do to treat and prevent diverticulosis, but thanks to processed foods, the average American gets about 16 grams of fiber daily, or only half of what he should be getting. Bran fiber appears to be the most effective.

Fiber draws water into the stool, making movements smoother. Whole wheat bread and all-bran cereals are excellent sources of bran. Sprinkling raw bran over foods is also an option.

Vegetables and fruit are other good sources of fiber.

Increase your fiber intake slowly. Here are some tips for making the transition to a high-fiber diet.

  • Make a habit of eating whole-grain bread instead of white bread.

  • Answer your sweet tooth with fruit desserts—berries, bananas, peaches.

  • Eat more vegetarian meals.

  • Leave the skins on apples, peaches, and pears when you bake them.

  • Add dried fruits, such as raisins and apricots, to your meals.

  • Substitute beans for beef in chili or casseroles.

  • Add barley to vegetable soups.

You can expect bloating and gas the first few weeks, but those should go away.

Other items and suggestions which can help:

  • Garlic: Garlic has this property of helping and improving the digestive system. It is also useful to remove harmful substances from the body when taken in adequate quantity.

  • Taking a clove of garlic for 1-3 times a day will soothe and help to prevent your condition from worsening.

  • Papaya is another home remedy for diverticulitis which is commonly used for helping in digestion. This fruit is the only one containing a natural digestive aid known as papain, which cleans the digestive track. Take a good ripe papaya from the market and you can use it in different forms like a juice, with honey, along with other fruit etc.

  • Pear: You can use this fruit to soothe the inflammation. Usually they are eaten just like that but you can bake them or drink juice.

  • Lemon juice and pineapple juice are also helpful.
    Brown Rice: Most people in the world eat white rice but brown rice is far better for your digestive system if you care. It is also rich in fiber and helps to reduce the inflammation in the colon. So you should start taking brown rice for your own good.

  • Digestive Enzymes. If you eat cooked food Digestive Enzymes are definitely required to help maintain health. Digestive enzymes are present in raw food, but destroyed by cooking, in order to digest and absorb food, the body has to work hard.   Typically by the time we reach our 40's our internal glands and organs are beginning to fail to produce enough enzymes.

  • Barley Grass Juice. Cereal grasses are high in chlorophyll, vitamins, protein, minerals, and unique digestive enzymes.
    Wild Yam helps to maintain a balance of hormones in the body.

  • If you can't get enough fiber in your diet, take a supplement. Take psyllium seed supplements (such as Metamucil). They're natural, too.

  • Drink a lot of liquids. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. The liquid is an important partner to fiber in combating constipation, which is associated with diverticulosis.

  • Go when you have to go. If you don't yield to nature's call, you defeat the purpose of adding more fiber to your diet and drinking more liquids. Avoid straining when going to the bathroom, as that may ten to expand the little diverticula sacs through the muscle walls of the colon.

  • Exercise. It tones more than your legs and hips. Exercise also tones the muscles in your colon and helps bowel movements where you don't have to strain as much.

  • Don't use suppositories. While they may offer a quick fix to constipation, they aren't the best choice for stimulating bowel movements and you can get addicted to it to the point that you NEED suppositories to have a bowel movement.

  • Go natural. Prunes, prune juice, and herbal teas are very effective natural laxatives. Specifically formulated teas can be found in most health food stores.

  • Don't smoke. Harmful in so many ways, smoking also may aggravate diverticulosis.

  • Eat highly processed foods only in moderation. If you eat a lot of processed foods, you won't have room to eat the high-fiber foods you need.

  • Chew seeds extra well. Foods such as nuts and popcorn contain seeds or other hard particles that could become lodged in the diverticula and cause inflammation. If you've ever had an acute attack of diverticulitis, you should probably keep away from foods that have seeds."

  • Drink only in moderation. Alcohol in moderation—a drink or two a day—will actually relax spasm of the colon and could improve the situation a little bit.

  • Avoid caffeine. Coffee, chocolate, teas, colas—all tend to irritate.

  • Look for a pattern. Certain foods may disrupt your bowel habits. 

 

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