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March 28, 2009, last updated February 4, 2013

By Natalia Real, Contributing Columnist

Diverticulitis is a pretty common phenomenon among people of
industrialized nations such as the US, Britain, and Australia.
About 10% of Americans over the age of 40 and 50% of
people over 60 suffer from this condition. The condition affects
more and more people as they age.  


Diverticulitis is a complication of diverticulosis, which is
common in people above age 40. The condition entails small
bulging pouches called diverticula in the intestinal wall, usually
the colon. Diverticulitis is the inflammation or infection of these
pouches.

A diet low in fiber puts pressure on the lower intestine as it
tries to push out the hard stools, making the tract susceptible
to developing diverticula and causing their infection. The diet
theory would also explain why this condition is common in
industrialized nations, where processed foods are ubiquitous,
and not in Asian or African nations. (Read more about
foods
high in fiber.)

[Update:

In addition to having a low fiber diet, studies have identified
other factors that put you at increased risk for diverticulitis. A
2012 study from  Danderyd University Hospital in Stockholm,
Sweden found  surprising links between sedentary lifestyles,
obesity and diverticulitis.  

After examining the health records of 36,592 women, the
researchers discovered that, compared with thin women (those
with BMI between 20 and 24.99), women who are heavier
(BMI between 25 and 29,99) have a 29% increased risk of
diverticulitis. And obese women (BMI over 30) have a 33%
higher risk for developing diverticulitis. Moreover, being
sedentary puts you at an even higher risk. If you exercised less
than 30 minutes a day, you face a 42% higher risk for
diverticulitis. (Read more about the
ideal weight for women of
different heights.)]


























Typical symptoms include severe and sudden (or mild and
gradually worsening) pain in the lower left side of the
abdomen, abdominal tenderness, fever, nausea, vomiting, chills
and constipation or diarrhea.   Since the primary culprit is
thought to be a fiber-deficient diet, many natural remedies for
diverticulitis are foods. (Read more about the
causes of and
remedies for constipation.)

As your digestive system will need time to adapt, increase your
fiber intake gradually over the course of 6-8 weeks. If you
experience gas or bloating, know that for most people, it
passes after the first few weeks.  Here are the top 10 natural
remedies:

1.        Papaya – this fruit soothes the digestive tract and aids in
digestion. Find a ripe, red-tinged papaya and eat it by itself, in
a salad, as juice, or in a smoothie with a little honey. Toss the
seeds if you like, as the part to focus on is the fruit’s flesh.

2.        Vitamins – take at least one multi-vitamin per day to
help balance out any nutritional deficiencies your body may be
suffering from. Vitamin C helps remove toxins, vitamin B
strengthens the nervous system, etc.

3.        Just say no to processed foods – stop eating white
bread, white sugar, white flour, etc. and replace them with
whole grains, brown sugar, and whole grain flours.

4.        Eat more vegetarian meals. This doesn’t mean pizza with
extra cheese and no meat. Put some effort into it. Make a thin-
crust whole wheat pizza crust, slather it with tomatoes, olives,
and vegetables and pop it into the oven. Make a monster salad
with everything from cucumber and sunflower seeds to flax
seed oil and quinoa. Use your imagination.

5.        Try anti-inflammatory and soothing herbs like Matricaria
recutita (German Chamomile) and Filipendula ulmaria
(Meadowsweet) and fruits like pineapple.

6.        Take some Ulmus fulva (Slippery Elm) and Sutherlandia
frutescens (Cancer Bush) for digestive pain and irritation.

7.        Drink plenty of liquids – including fruit juices, water, and
teas. At least 2 liters per day.

8.        Get your body moving – exercise tones the muscles in
your colon, not just your glutes! It will help your bowel
movements. Try walking and hatha yoga for a relaxing yet
toning workout fit for all body types.  

9.        Don’t use suppositories, as your body will get used to it
and have a harder time expelling stools on its own. Try natural
laxatives like prunes or especially formulated herbal teas
instead. (Although if you start eating raw and whole grain
foods every day, you won’t need them!)

10.        Lower your consumption of caffeine, alcohol, and
tobacco, as they are irritants and may even aggravate
diverticula, leading to their infection, possibly by weakening
your immune system.     











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