Natural Remedies for Diverticulitis

When small pouches are formed in the wall of the colon and become inflamed and infected, this is called diverticulitis. It can be very painful, with symptoms that last from a few hours to longer than a week, and must be diagnosed by blood tests and scans such as x-rays or CT scans. Infection is caused when bits of feces get trapped in the pockets, known as diverticula, and bacteria grows.

 

How can I tell if I have diverticulitis?

  • Belly pain specifically on the left-side that worsens when you move
  • Fever and chills
  • Bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomitting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain when touched
  • Fever
  • Blood in stools
  • Fatigue

 

How can I prevent diverticulitis?

Though doctors aren’t sure what causes diverticula to form in the colon, the best way to avoid diverticulitis is to get plenty of fluids, get regular exercise, and eat a diet high in fiber to keep the colon clean. Avoid red meats as much as possible. Avoid fats.

 

How can I treat diverticulitis?

  • Eat barley; it’s a digestive anti-inflammatory.
  • Brown rice is rich in fiber, calms inflammation, and soothes spasms.
  • Garlic is an excellent way to prevent infection; but avoid having it in pasta sauces as pasta sauce can aggravate symptoms.
  • Papaya soothes diverticulitis. Enjoy it often during a flare-up. Pears are another great option.
  • Potatoes are a great food when suffering from diverticulitis. They are easy to digest and are an anti-inflammatory.
  • Avoid dairy, but do eat yogurt with live cultures. These probiotic bacteria are a great way to help rebalance the colon.
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