Diverticulitis is a digestive disorder that starts with a pinching pain in the lower, left abdomen. The sensation then begins to build through out the body, causing the individual to experience nausea, fever and a slight metallic taste in the mouth.
These are common diverticulitis symptoms. Diverticulitis usually develops in the last portion of the large intestine and makes its way down to the sigmoid colon. When the diverticula, or pouches that form within the intestinal wall, become inflamed or infected, an individual experiences symptoms of diverticulitis.
Cases of diverticulitis have risen since the 1920s because of the development of refined foods and flours. To counteract this disorder, physicians have routinely recommended a high-fiber diet that is rich in roughage. Though this diet has sometimes been proven as beneficial, it has, at other times, been proven to promote intestinal infection.
What You Need to Know About High-Fiber Diets
High-fiber diets are also considered high-residue diets, which means that, when ingested, a lot of residue is left behind after the small intestine has completed its digestive role. This residue is then forced to travel into the large intestine where it becomes a food source for the microbes living there.
The digestion process of the small intestine is a big indication of how healthy the large intestine is. You can tell if your diet is too high-residue if you experience lower abdominal bloating, gas and constipation or diarrhea.
How to Naturally Treat Diverticulitis
There are natural remedies that may help reduce diverticulitis symptoms. Follow these five tips to help restore your gut health!
1. Rebuild balance within your gut: You can rebuild this balance by consuming the right type of probiotic.
2. Avoid consuming vegetables: Vegetables are extremely high in fiber, therefore high in residue. Any consumption of these foods may aggravate the condition.
3. Stay away from fiber that may cause additional irritation: There are many colon products and probiotics out there that contain inulin or an FOS, which can ultimately aggravate the condition.
4. Steer clear from all forms of sugar: Sugar has the ability to affect the immune system response time and it also feeds pathogenic bacteria.
5. Ensure that your bowels are moving: Constipation or sluggish bowels will keep the area infected and slow down the healing process.
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