Diverticulitis is a painful condition in which tiny bulging pouches, diverticula, form in the walls of your colon. The formation of these pouches is known as diverticulosis and if these pouches get infected or inflamed, the condition is known as diverticulitis. Your risk of developing diverticulitis grows as you get older. Even if it starts off small, it can be extremely uncomfortable, and it can develop into something much more serious.1
What Causes Diverticulitis?
Doctors are unsure about what causes diverticula, but suspect a low-fiber diet is to blame. Without enough fiber, your colon has to work extra hard to push the stool forward. This may build up immense pressure inside your colon, which can push against weak spots in the colon wall, causing diverticula formation. When these pouches get infected by bacteria and get inflamed, it can lead to diverticula.2
What Are The Symptoms Of Diverticulitis?
Diverticulosis is quite common and almost half of all people over the age of 60 have it. And most of them may not even know they have the condition unless it shows up in a routine colonoscopy because it usually causes no symptoms. Only about 10 to 25 percent of the people with diverticulosis go on to develop diverticulitis as waste tend to accumulate in the pouches over time and lead to the growth of bacteria.
Diverticulitis does have a few symptoms:3
- Abdominal pain triggered by touch
- Abdominal cramping on the lower left side
- Very thin or liquid-y stools
- Blood in stool
How Is Diverticulitis Diagnosed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is advisable that you go and get yourself checked
How Can You Prevent And Treat Diverticulitis Naturally?
There are many natural ingredients you can have to heal your gut and to make it healthy again. Here are some of the foods you should eat.
- Barley: Barley has anti-inflammatory properties that will reduce the inflammation in your gut.4 You can add it to soups and stews so that your digestive system does not have
- Brown Rice: Since fiber is important in ensuring a healthy bowel movement, you should try having foods that are rich in fiber. So if you consume white rice on a regular basis, you should switch to brown rice, which is rich in fiber that will help make your bowel movements easier.5
- Papaya: If your diverticulitis is very uncomfortable, you can have ripe papaya straight out of the fridge to soothe your gut. You can cut it into chunks and have it or blend it and have it as a juice.
- Garlic: Garlic has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It will help prevent infections in your gut and will relieve diverticulitis. You can chew a clove of garlic 3 times a day, or you can add it to your foods.6
- Potatoes: Potatoes are not only tasty and nourishing but
The Other Treatment Options For Diverticulitis
- You may need to consume only liquids for a certain period of time until you start feeling better.
- Your doctor may also prescribe painkillers to numb the pain and antibiotics to reduce the infection in your gut.
- You should also try to relax by meditating and breathing slowly so that
- You may need a surgery if your diverticulitis does not get better with other forms of treatment or if you are suffering from chronic pain, a bowel obstruction, or a fistula.
|↑1||Diverticular disease and diverticulitis. National Health Service.|
|↑2||Symptoms & Causes of Diverticular Disease. National
|↑3||Diverticular disease and diverticulitis. National Health Service.|
|↑4||Kim, Mee-Kyung, and Dae-Yong Kim. “Anti-inflammatory effect of barley leaf ethanol extract in LPS-stimulated RAW264. 7 macrophage.” Korean Journal of Food Preservation 22, no. 5. 2015.|
|↑5||Yang, Jing, Hai-Peng Wang, Li Zhou, and Chun-Fang Xu. “Effect of dietary fiber on constipation: a meta analysis.” World journal of gastroenterology: WJG 18, no. 48. 2012.|
|↑6||Ankri, Serge, and David Mirelman. “Antimicrobial properties of allicin from garlic.” Microbes and infection 1, no. 2. 1999.|
|↑7||Boynton, Wen, and Martin Floch. “New strategies for the management of diverticular disease: insights for the clinician.” Therapeutic advances in gastroenterology 6, no. 3. 2013.|
|↑8||Elisei, Walter, and Antonio Tursi. “Recent advances in the treatment of colonic diverticular disease and prevention of acute diverticulitis.” Annals of gastroenterology: quarterly publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology 29, no. 1. 2016.|