Sometimes small pouch like growth occur in the digestive tract. These pouches, known as diverticula, which largely develop after the age of 40, hardly cause any problem. Diverticula can develop in any part of the digestive tract. It can be found in the large intestine, small intestine, stomach and esophagus. Often individuals with diverticula do not feel their presence throughout their life. However, sometimes these diverticula are infected or become inflamed, causing a painful condition known as Diverticulitis.
Diverticulitis causes intense abdominal pain accompanies by fever, nausea, constipation or diarrhea, marked changes in bowel movement and abdominal tenderness. Sometimes bleeding and bloating are also symptoms of diverticulitis.
The exact reasons for the development of pouch-like diverticula are unknown. Inflammation of diverticula may be caused by obstruction in blood flow. Break down of the wall of the diverticula or accumulation of feces, might cause infection, leading to Diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is often associated with aging. Obesity, lack of exercise and fiber deficient diets increases the risk of this disease.
High fiber foods, which prevent accumulation of feces in the body, by easing bowel movement, could prevent this ailment. You should consume at least 20 grams of fiber each day. Eat plenty of whole grains, leafy vegetables and fiber rich fruits. Bran is especially beneficial for the digestive health of diverticulitis patients.
Mix two teaspoons of bran with a glass of milk or water, and have it two to three times each day to cure diverticulitis.
Remember to drink plenty of water to prevent constipation.
To prevent recurrent diverticulitis eat papaya. Papaya helps to flush out wastes from the digestive tract. Pear can be taken to reduce inflammation of the diverticula.
Wild yam can be taken to reduce Diverticulitis related discomfort. Pineapple is known to reduce diverticulitis inflammation. Bromelain, an enzyme present in pineapple, sooths the colon, promoting the healing process.
The acidophilus bacteria present in probiotic foods, such as yogurt could be beneficial for diverticulitis sufferers. People suffering from diverticulitis should take small meals to ease digestion and reduce any pressure on the colon.