What is diverticular disease?
Diverticulosis is a condition affecting the large bowel in which there are small out-pouchings or pockets of the lining of the bowel protruding through its muscle wall. The cause of this is largely unknown, but seems to be related to long term irritable bowel syndrome and long term constipation. Long term abuse of laxatives may also play a part.
Diverticulitis occurs when the necks of these pockets become obstructed by feces causing stagnation and an overgrowth of bacteria, producing inflammation. Diverticular disease is a term used to encompass both diverticulosis and diverticulitis. In the majority of cases diverticular disease causes no symptoms and is often just picked up incidentally. However, there may be some intermittent mild left sided abdominal pain associated with either constipation or diarrhea. Acute diverticulitis, on the other hand, tends to present as severe pain in the left lower abdomen, frequently accompanied by fever and constipation. It can be complicated by the development of an abscess, peritonitis or perforation of the bowel.
Treatment and general recommendations
- Moderate exercise, such as a daily walk, and some stretching exercises are beneficial. Try some gentle massage of the abdomen over the tender areas.
- During an acute attack of diverticulitis bed rest is advisable.
- Colonic irrigation and enemas may help but can only be used with caution under medical supervision, and not during acute inflammation.
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily.
- Avoid - nuts and seeds (unless passed through a grinder) and wholegrain breads, as hard little particles can become stuck in the necks of the bowel pockets and trigger off a bout of diverticulitis. However, ground nuts and seeds provide a tasty, nutritious powder that can be sprinkled on cereals or vegetables and won't aggravate the bowel.
- You need to avoid all dairy products and gluten as they are digestive irritants. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, oats and barley (and all foods containing these).
- It is essential that at least 40 percent of the diet is made up of raw fruits and vegetables.
- Include often - high fiber foods like fruits and vegetables.
During an acute attack a juice fast for three to four days is a good idea to rest the gut. Pureed vegetable soups can also be consumed.Recommended recipes from the"Raw Juices Can Save Your Life" book"Inflammatory Bowel Disease Juice" on page 105
- MSM Plus Vitamin C Powder 100 Grams
Take 1/2 teaspoon twice daily in vegetable juices or water - MSM is organic sulfur which will help assist in reduction of inflammation and also assist the liver with bile production, aiding digestion.
- Super Digestive Enzymes 100 Capsules
Take 1-3 capsules at the beginning of each meal - Digestive enzymes help with digestion and reducing inflammation of the bowel.
- Intestinal Para Cleanse 90 Capsules
Take 2 capsules twice daily with food. The herbs in this formula help to reduce the levels of pathogenic microbes in the intestines, which can promote infections and inflammation of the intestines.
- Glutamine Plus Colostrum Powder 500grams
Take 1 teaspoon once or twice daily. Glutamine is used as fuel by the cells lining the intestines. It helps to heal inflamed and irritated tissue.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.