How to Live with Diverticulitis – Lifestyle and Diet Tips
What is diverticulitis?
Diverticulitis is a digestive disease in which pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the colon and become inflamed or infected. Doctors are not entirely sure what causes the formation of diverticula, but many suggest that a low-fiber diet plays a crucial role because lack of fibrous food pressures the colon to work harder than normal in order to push the stool forward. The weak areas of the colon are most prone to being affected, and if bacteria start to grow in the pouches, it can lead to inflammation or infection.
Interestingly enough, the pain was usually felt on the left side in most North American and European cases, whereas in Asia pain usually occurs on the right side. The disease becomes more frequent with age, and people aged over 50 are the most common demographic which suffers from diverticulitis.
Diverticulitis vs Diverticulosis – How are they Different?
Diverticulosis is a condition where multiple pouches or diverticula are being formed through weaknesses of muscle layers on the wall of the colon. They typically do not cause any symptoms.
However, when those pouches of colonic mucosa and submucosa become ruptured, inflamed or infected, then an individual develops Diverticulitis – a condition associated with abdominal pain of a sudden onset. The cause is poorly understood, but it is estimated that it is 40% due to genetics and 60% due to environmental factors.
Diverticular Disease Diet
Improving Your Diet for Control Over Diverticulitis
Many people with Diverticulitis can manage their symptoms through a modified diet. You will need to identify which foods trigger your symptoms and eliminate those foods as often as you can.
You may be able to learn new ways of preparing a diet based on what your body can digest properly.
Diverticulitis Diet Foods to Avoid
- Carbonated beverages
- Caffeinated beverages
- Fruits that contain seeds
- Vegetables that contains seeds
- Legumes (Beans, broccoli and cauliflower)
- Sugary and starchy foods such as pastries, cookies, bread, pasta
These are common sources of inflammation and eliminating these foods may alleviate your Autoimmune Disease symptoms, especially when used with prescribed supplementation as a form of adjunct therapy.
Diverticulitis and alcohol – Is it Safe to Drink?
Alcohol is considered a risk factor when it comes to the development of Diverticulitis, especially if medication is being taken. The disease greatly affects how a person tolerates alcohol and drinking can lead to further complications. Only if the flare-ups have subsided for quite some time can an individual attempt to consume an alcoholic drink, but it should be taken in minimal doses and under close monitoring. Should symptoms worsen, it is a sign that drinking should be avoided at all costs.
While closely related to Diverticulosis- which occurs when diverticula form along the inside of the large intestine- Diverticulitis happens when those diverticula become inflamed.
The symptoms presented by patients with Diverticulitis are more severe:
- Pain in the lower abdomen (predominantly on the left side)
- Bleeding of the digestive tract
- Fever- with and without chills
- Constipation and/or diarrhea
Malnutrition resulting from reduced appetite, nausea, or vomiting can be a concern for patients suffering from Diverticulitis. A.M.P. Floracel has been shown to improve digestion, immune system function, and encourage tissue regeneration. Our all natural supplement also assists in rebuilding the protective lining of the digestive tract and works to repair damage resulting from inflamed diverticula.
Diet & Nutrition
Like Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis is also thought to be caused by recurring constipation. As a preventative measure, a diet of fiber-rich foods helps avoid complications from constipation. In addition, it’s important to maintain a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals to support proper immune system function.
Avoidance of lactose, caffeine, high-fat foods, fruit or vegetables with seeds, and starchy, sugary foods is important for symptom avoidance. Isolating foods that are known to be common irritants helps pinpoint what be irritating to your system.
Foods to be cautious of include:
- Fruits or vegetables that contain seeds
- Carbonated beverages
- Anything containing caffeine
- Foods that are high in sugar or starch content
Maintaining and improving the overall health of your digestive tract is key to treating Diverticulitis and preventing recurring symptoms.
Floracel capsules and powder may help to:
- Reduce stress on immune system
- Work to fortify damaged intestinal tissues
- Stop bleeding in the digestive tract
- Reduce inflammation
- Aid digestion
Supplements with a highly concentrated source of the Aloe Mucilaginous Polysaccharide molecule can be taken with any medications and other supplementation without interfering with their efficacy.
Foods to avoid with diverticulitis:
- Carbonated beverages and caffeine
- Raw and dried fruits, raisins and berries
- Greasy, fried and processed foods
- Gas-producing foods (lentils, beans, legumes, cabbage, and broccoli)
- Spicy and/or highly seasoned foods
- Dairy Products
- All nuts and seeds, as well as foods that may contain seeds (such as yogurt)
- Vegetables from the Cruciferous family
Foods that may be regularly eaten in any quantity:
- Ripened Bananas
- White rice
- Fish(broiled or baked-avoid shellfish)
- Chicken Soups (No Cream Soups)
- Fresh Chicken or Turkey
- Cooked vegetables
- English muffin
- Plain Cereals (e.g. Cheerios, Cornflakes,
- Cream of Wheat, Rice Krispies, Special K
- Ripened Banana
- Fruit juices (except prune juice)
- applesauce, apricots, banana (1/2), cantaloupe, canned fruit cocktail, grapes, honeydew melon, peaches, watermelon
- Enriched refined white bread or buns
- Alfalfa sprouts, beets, green/yellow beans, carrots,
celery, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms,
green/red peppers, potatoes (peeled), squash, zucchini
- Well-cooked, tender meat, fish and eggs
- Potatoes (no skin)
- Vegetable juices
- Arrowroot cookies, tea biscuits, soda crackers,
plain melba toast
- White Rice
For more information on diet restrictions and suggestions for your Autoimmune Disease, call A.M.P. Floracel® at 954 527-1004 to speak to a specialist today!
How to Live with Diverticulitis
The best thing you can do for your colon should you develop Diverticulitis is to switch to a diet which gives your gastrointestinal tract a chance to rest and heal. Mild cases are usually treated with antibiotics and diets which include low-fiber foods and clear liquids, whereas severe cases will require immediate hospitalization. The key is at least to prevent constipation with a high-fibre diet because piling up of undigested matter will cause pressure to the colon and create a breeding ground for bacterial colonies.
The Amazing Health Benefits of the Aloe Vera Plant
The Aloe Mucilaginous Polysaccharide molecule is an all-natural, non-toxic, organic molecule. The AMP molecule has been known to not only support but enhance the body’s immune system due to all the following properties: Anti-Inflammation*, Antioxidant*, Anti-Bacterial* and Anti-Viral*