Don't turn Diverticulosis into
It is that dreaded colonoscopy. You aren't worried
about cancer and you have heard such horror stories. Yes
pre - exam the prep is literally a pain in the butt, but the
exam itself is under anesthesia and you have no pain.
Look at the example of a person at 50, first colonoscopy. No
sign of cancer or polyps but there is indications of the early
stages of diverticulosis which could easily turn into
Instead of polyps, which stick out from the colon wall,
diverticulosis is small pockets in weak points in the colon
About half of all people over the age of 60 develop
diverticulosis, but many people are unaware they have this
condition because there are usually no symptoms until
diverticulosis turns into diverticulitis (also known as
The rise of diverticulitis cases closely parallels the
rise in consumption of processed foods that are stripped of
natural fiber. This may be a coincidence, but researchers have
also found that diverticulitis is most common in industrialized
countries where processed foods make up a large part of the
When fiber intake is reduced, the bowels have to work
harder to keep food moving. This puts excess pressure on the
colon. Eventually, weak spots on the colon wall develop into
If a food particle gets lodged in one of these pockets,
infection and inflammation may prompt fever, abdominal pain and
cramping, as well as constipation or diarrhea. In severe cases
bleeding may occur.
This results in a liquid diet and a round of antibiotics.
Surgery can become necessary if the condition becomes
But many doctors overlook the effectiveness of dietary
detoxification procedures that focus on cleansing the colon. In
some patients, a proper detox can successfully address
diverticulitis without antibiotics or surgery.
Not all fiber is equal.
Prevention of diverticulitis is fairly simple: Add more
fiber to the diet. Focus on fruits, vegetables and
grains. That's what most doctors tell their patients and
leave it at that. The problem is that some high-fiber
foods may actually make the problem worse.
In a report about diverticulitis on a local NBC
affiliate in Baltimore, a gastroenterologist pointed out
that seeds and nuts might trigger diverticulitis.
The seeds in blackberries and strawberries or tomatoes and
cucumbers, for instance, can easily cause problems. Generally,
you want to avoid these fruits and vegetables if you have been
diagnosed with diverticulosis or diverticulitis.
Whole grain products can cause problems too. UK nutritionist
David Crawford warns that wheat and rye (along with dairy
products) prompt mucous development in the digestive tract.
Pressure on the colon wall increases when mucous builds up and
And there's one more problem with wheat products. Many people
are sensitive to the gluten in wheat and don't even know it.
They react to the consumption of pasta, bread and cereal with
symptoms that may include anemia, fatigue, sinusitis, insomnia,
autoimmune problems and digestive disorders such as diarrhea,
constipation and...diverticulitis. See Celiac for more information.
If you're interested in treating diverticulitis with a colon
cleansing detox, talk to a healthcare practitioner who's
knowledgeable about natural detox methods and is also aware of
the specifics of your condition.