What is diverticular disease?
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.
- Follow the principles of eating outlined on pages 20 -27 of ” The Healthy Liver and Bowel Book”
- 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.
“Ulcerative Colitis Juice” on page 138
- Take 1 – 2 tablets up to three times daily. Olive leaf is an effective natural antibiotic traditionally used for its anti-microbial actions.
- 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.
- Take 1-3 capsules at the beginning of each meal – Digestive enzymes help with digestion and reducing inflammation of the bowel.
- 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.
- 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.