Diverticulitis: Causes, Symptoms and Home Remedies

Is your tummy troubling you? Constant tummy woes, for example, intense abdominal pain and stomach upsets may be an indication that you are suffering from diverticulitis. Our article has gathered all the information regarding diverticulitis and home remedies to tackling it naturally.

Diverticulitis: Causes, Symptoms and Home Remedies

Diverticulitis: Causes, Symptoms and Home Remedies

What Is Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is the inflammation of sac-like protrusion on the walls of the digestive tract and most often on the walls of large intestine known as diverticula. These pouches are formed due to ballooning out of the weak spots on the walls of intestine. When these pouches get infected or inflamed the condition is termed as diverticulitis and causes the pain. Severe cases may also require hospitalization.
Before 20th-century diverticulitis was considered a rare disease, but today it is one of the most prevalent health problems.

What Causes Diverticulitis?

Although the exact cause of diverticulitis is not known doctors do agree that farcical matter that blocks the opening of the diverticulum is the root cause that leads to inflammation and infection. The reason for this blockage may differ,but several risk factors include heredity, low intake of fiber diet, obesity, smoking, lack of exercise,lack of vitamin D and certain medications such as NSAIDS.

What Causes Diverticulitis

What Causes Diverticulitis

*Diverticulitis is more common in men and women aged 50 or below 50 years.It is more common in females among people above 50 years of age.

What Are the Symptoms Of Diverticulitis?

The symptoms of diverticulitis range from mild to severe.Common symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and increased urge to urinate. Symptoms may also include bleeding from rectum and blood in the stool.
If you have mild abdominal pain that does not go away after 24 hours better see your doctor. If you have pain in abdomina with bleeding from the rectum, nausea, fever, diarrhea and vomiting better see your doctor immediately.
It is better to see your doctor to access the seriousness of the disease. Your doctor may give you antibiotics. You may also try natural remedies for diverticulitis discussed below to ease the condition and prevent future flare-ups.

Home Remedies For Diverticulitis

1. Rest And Liquid Diet To Treat Diverticulitis

Mild diverticulitis gets better on following a liquid diet for a while. This helps your colon to rest. Have clear soups, pulp less fruit juices, coconut water, broth and tea.

Rest And Liquid Diet To Treat Diverticulitis

Rest And Liquid Diet To Treat Diverticulitis

After a few days, start adding solid foods to your diet slowly. You may require antibiotics depending on the severity of your condition. Do complete the antibiotic course as your doctor prescribes. You may need to be hospitalize din severe cases.

2. Fiber Rich Diet To Treat Diverticulitis

Consume a fiber-rich diet to prevent flare-ups of diverticulitis. Fiber adds bulk to the stool and promotes the passage of stool through your digestive system. Vegetables, fruits, and whole grains are the rich sources of fiber. Increase the amount of fiber gradually because a sudden increase can cause problems such as cramps and bloat.
Also, increase the intake of water.

* During an attack of diverticulitis stick to a liquid diet for a few days and then go on a low-fiber diet while you’re recovering. When your symptoms abate, switch to a high-fiber diet.

3. Probiotics To Treat Diverticulitis

Probiotics or, good bacteria prevents the growth of harmful bacteria that cause inflammation.

4. Wheat Bran To Treat Diverticulitis

Wheat bran has a laxative effect. It contains fiber that absorbs water and softens stool.

Wheat Bran To Treat Diverticulitis

Wheat Bran To Treat Diverticulitis

5. Take Slippery Elm To Treat Diverticulitis

Slippery elm soothes the irritated digestive system. It is a demulcent that forms a protective film over the mucus lining your guts and protects irritated tissues and promoting healing. Mix a teaspoon of slippery elm powder with water and drink it 3 or 4 times a day.

6. Marshmallow Tea To Treat diverticulitis

Marshmallow roots contain mucilage that counteracts excessive stomach acids.
Steep 5 grams of the dried root of marshmallow in a cup of boiling water. Strain and drink the drink.

7.Flax seeds To Treat Diverticulitis

Flax seeds are rich in fiber. They promote the movement of stool through the intestine, softens stool and functions as a laxative. Consume about 15 grams of ground flax seeds everyday day to get back to the track.

8. Chamomile Tea To Treat Diverticulitis

Chamomile tea is anti-inflammatory. Consume 1 to 3 cups of warm chamomile tea per day

Chamomile Tea To Treat Diverticulitis

Chamomile Tea To Treat Diverticulitis

9. Avoid Red Meat To Treat Diverticulitis

Red meat increases the risk of developing diverticulitis. Substitute red meat with fish or poultry to reduce the risk of diverticulitis by 20%. When we eat red meat, the gut bacteria produce a “toxic metabolite” that weakens the wall of your colon and leads to the formation of sacs.

10.Exercise Regularly To Treat Diverticulitis

Rigorous cardio activities like jogging aerobics and running speeds up the movement of stool through your digestive system.
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Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.