We, at The Balance You Need, have put together an article that covers an ailment that millions of people suffer from across our great nation and world; Diverticulitis. We will cover what Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis are, the symptoms, the causes, and the medical and alternative natural treatments available.
Diverticulosis is the precursor to Diverticulitis. Diverticulosis occurs when people develop small pouches in their colon that bulge outward through weak spots in the intestine (the section of large intestine that runs from the cecum to the rectum) or colon. Unfortunately, over time, most of us Americans develop these small pouches in said areas. These pouches within the colon are called diverticula. Once the diverticula become inflamed and then infected, it is considered Diverticulitis. The infection occurs because the diverticula provide places where pieces of fecal matter and undigested food can lodge, hence developing an infection or inflammation. This set of circumstances occurs in 10 to 25 percent of people with Diverticulosis and can develop without any warning.
Disappointingly, there may be no warning signs with the onset of Diverticulosis. Yet at other times, bloating, mild constipation and cramps can give one an indication that Diverticulosis is possible. To make it more confusing, these symptoms can be symptoms for other conditions as well.
Once Diverticulosis turns into Diverticulitis, one particular symptom starts to present itself. The symptom is sudden and sharp pain in the lower left part of the abdomen which is tender to the touch. The pain tends to start out mild and then become progressively worse over a period of just days.
After the initial symptom and internally, there becomes a higher risk of infection, which includes an elevated white blood cell count along with a fever, chills, nausea, and vomiting. Added to the infection, bowel routines can change and can go back and forth between diarrhea and constipation. Usually, cramping is also linked with the bowel problems. Depending on the extent of the infection, the symptoms can be severe or not as severe.
Again, other diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and ulcers can present the same symptoms and none are to be taken lightly.
Furthermore, when a Diverticulitis related infection or inflammation spreads outside the colon, the colon’s tissue can stick to nearby tissues, causing a fistula. A fistula is an abnormal connection of tissue between two organs (usually bladder, small intestines, and the skin). When the two organs stick together and stay that way, a fistula forms. These fistulas can be long lasting infections which can be very detrimental to the whole system. Bottom line is; do NOT take this condition lightly. If you have Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis, start treatment now to eradicate it!
There are several causes that have been targeted, but the main cause of Diverticulitis disease seems to be a low-fiber diet. The reason for this assumption is that the Disease was not found in USA until the early 1900s right when processed foods were brought into to the American diet. Processed foods, in general, contain refined, low-fiber flour, containing no wheat bran. Therefore, dietary changes are the first natural treatment for Diverticulitis when surgery is not the preferred treatment.
Added evidence to this assumption is that Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis diseases are much more common in developed or industrialized countries (i.e. United States, England, and Australia), where low-fiber diets are common than the countries of Asia and Africa, where people eat high-fiber vegetable diets.
Fiber is the part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that the body cannot digest fully. One type of fiber dissolves easily in water and is called soluble fiber. Soluble fiber becomes a soft texture in the intestines. The other type of fiber passes almost unchanged through the intestines. This type is called insoluble fiber. Both types of fiber help make stools soft and easy to pass. If the stools are not soft, this can lead to constipation which makes the muscles strain to move the stool that is too hard. This creates pressure in the colon and the excess pressure causes the weak spots in the colon to bulge out and become diverticula, the beginning stages of the Disease.
The MEDICAL treatment for Diverticulitis focuses on clearing the infection and reducing inflammation by use of anti-inflammatories AND surgery. The medications really only cover up the symptoms, but, are there other forms of natural alternative treatments for Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis? Many doctors and researchers believe there is.
First of all, getting ample amounts of fiber (30 grams/day) is important and as noted prior, lack of fiber causes constipation, which makes abdominal muscles to strain to move stool, therefore creating increased pressure in the colon and forming diverticula that can later become inflamed and infected. Adding exercise is also suggested. With the fiber working through the intestines and the increased circulation from exercise, the systems of the body tend to function better and can help mild cases of the disease. This is a long term solution, so don’t stop once you start feeling better, but continue on the fiber you have chosen and exercise program.
Along with fiber helping to mitigate Diverticulitis flare ups, research has shown that fiber can help regulate the bowels, aid in the prevention of heart disease, and also contain cancer fighting nutrients, such as vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and selenium. As usual, NUTRITION does not act as a band aid, but something that can provide a multiple of benefits.
Another aspect to this natural treatment is drinking enough water. Without enough of this precious nutrient (yes nutrient), you can become constipated. 8 – 10 8 oz glasses a day is suggested. Water not only helps the body rid toxins in the bloodstream, but also helps to keep the pouch-like areas clean of toxic wastes and thus helping to prevent inflammation.
In addition to a high-fiber diet and exercise, mild pain medications can help relieve the symptoms of mild Diverticulitis, as can muscle relaxants. The problem, once again, is that medications are only covering up symptoms.
Foods to avoid include high-fat items, most cheeses, red meat, refined flour, and sugar products. Nuts have also shown to aggravate the symptoms.
Unfortunately, repeated attacks of Diverticulitis may require surgery. The surgery removes the damaged sections of the colon and then reattaches the non-damaged ends. If the Diverticulitis is severe enough, the harmful bacteria can spill into the abdominal cavity and cause peritonitis, which requires immediate emergency surgery. Therefore, do NOT wait, get seen immediately if severe attacks persist.
Another possible natural way to treat Diverticulitis is by ingesting Aloe Vera. The Aloe Vera plant is said by many to be one of nature’s most incredible healers. It has been used for centuries to treat cuts and burns, and has been used in other products such as natural lip therapy, shampoo, and sunscreen. The concentrated form is also used to treat auto-immune disorders and diseases such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and digestive tract disorders such as Diverticulitis.
Contained in the concentrated form of Aloe Vera are compounds named; Aloe mucilaginous polysaccharides. These polysaccharides are long-chain sugar molecules which have been effective for some people in reducing symptoms connected with Diverticulitis. In other words, just as Aloe can help with the treatment with the inflammation from burns, it can also act the same way internally, thereby decreasing the inflammation and possibly helping to control infection.
As you can see, this disease can be very detrimental to one’s well-being and finding a solution is not always easy, but our experience has shown us that natural methods for combating Diverticulitis are possible.
There are two natural products that Life Force International produces that contain the above stated nutrients to possibly treat Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis; Fiber and Aloe Vera. Life Force makes an all natural Colon Cleanse that is made up of the highest quality fiber one can find. This is a supplement that should be used on an every 2-3 month cycle to clear out the intestinal tract and colon. Secondly, Body Balance consists of two super foods; Aloe Vera and Ocean Botanicals. This powerful product gives you body the whole spectrum of nutrients you need on a daily basis along with this concentrated form of Aloe Vera.
Also note that, even if you do not have Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis now, as stated at the beginning of the article, many of us will contract the disease simply because of our diets. Therefore, do not weight for the beginning stages and start taking action now by supplementing your diet with Fiber and Aloe Vera!
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Thank You-The Balance You Need Team
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