Manage Diverticulitis Naturally

You can manage diverticulitis naturally without the use of drugs by changing some aspects of your diet and lifestyle.

Read on to find out how you can manage diverticulitis naturally.

Diverticulitis is a common disease in many people today. The condition is when small bulges form in the large intestine. It is believed that these bulges form when pressure builds up in the colon. Sometimes the bulges can tear the wall-lining of the colon causing inflammation and potential infection. [1]

Symptoms of diverticulitis

If you have developed small bulges in your colon, then you may not experience symptoms. It is only when these bulges become inflamed or infected that you symptoms may show themselves. [2]

  • tummy pain, usually in your lower left side, that tends to come and go and gets worse during or shortly after eating (emptying your bowels or passing wind eases it)
  • constipation, diarrhoea, or both
  • occasionally, blood in your poo
  • If your diverticula become infected and inflamed (diverticulitis), you may suddenly:
  • get constant, more severe tummy pain
  • have a high temperature of 38C or above
  • have diarrhoea or constipation
  • get mucus or blood in your poo or bleeding from your bottom (rectal bleeding)

Causes

Bulges in the colon are caused by pressure. Pressure may come from the pushing down when trying to pass faeces. This can be troublesome if you are not drinking enough water, having enough fibre in your diet or are experiencing high levels of stress. Therefore taking an immediate approach to reducing these causes could help to reduce your symptoms.

Treatment

If you have developed an infection in your bulges, then you may need a short course of antibiotics. However, a natural approach to treating diveriticulitis could give better results in the longer-term

  1. Focus on an anti-inflammatory diet by eating certain foods that can help to reduce inflammation, such as bone broth and purple foods in particular. For further information about anti-inflammatory diet, visit here.
  2. It would be advantageous to start including a high strength probiotic, as increasing your number of friendly gut bacteria will help to digest fibre in the large intestine, in turn this will help to reduce inflammation of the digestive system. Look for a probiotic tablet with the strength 50 billion CFU per tablet.
  3. Consider taking a digestive enzyme with each meal to help digest your food and also a wormwood tablet may help for a while. Many people can have intestinal parasites, which are going undiagnosed. Taking wormwood supplements are natural, so there is little effect on your body.
  4. Other supplements you could consider are B12 and also magnesium. If you have been suffering from fatigue, then it might be worth having a blood test to check your iron levels, or even start taking an iron supplement. Anaemia of inflammation is common and has strong links to auto-immune diseases. [3]
  5. Remove sugar, gluten and dairy from your diet. Cut back on alcohol.
  6. Reduce your stress. Practicing meditation is a really good way to manage your stress.
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