Diverticulitis


Diverticula are small, bulging pouches that form in the lining of the digestive system.

Usually in the lower part of the large intestine. Diverticula are common after the age of 40. Sometimes one or more of the pouches tear and become inflamed or infected; this is known as diverticulitis.  Diverticulitis can cause severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea, a change in bowel habits.


One of the causes of diverticulitis is eating a low-fiber diet, largely consisting of processed foods. Constipation and hard stools occur when one does not eat enough fiber. Straining to pass stools increases the pressure in the intestines, Which may lead to the formation of these pouches.

                  

Tips to prevent diverticulitis


* Eat high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains the sitoindosides in dried, unripe bananas are good as they increase mucus in the digestive tract.


* Probiotic foods like oatmeal, yogurt, and buttermilk are excellent for maintaining a balance of beneficial bacteria in the bowels.

                                  

* Drink plenty of fluids, at least 10 glasses of water. Fiber works by absorbing water and increasing the soft, bulky waste in the intestine.        

 But if one doesn’t drink enough liquid to replace what’s absorbed, fiber can be constipating.


* Avoid caffeine which stimulates the intestines and can make diarrhea worse. Avoid carbonated drinks as they produce gas.


* Avoid eating heavy meals late at night; finish the last meal 2-3 hours before bedtime.


* Exercise regularly. Exercise promotes normal bowel function & reduces the pressure inside the colon. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes on most days.


* Get enough sleep so the body has time to repair and regenerate damaged cells without the demands of digesting food.