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Diverticulitis


About
Diverticulitis is a common disease of the bowel, in particular the large intestine. Diverticulitis develops from diverticulosis, which involves the formation of pouches (diverticula) on the outside of the colon. Diverticulitis results if one of these diverticulum becomes inflamed. In complicated diverticulitis, bacteria may subsequently infect the outside of the colon if an inflamed diverticulum bursts open.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Antibiotics may be necessary if infection is present. Soured products and nondairy acidophilus should be incorporated into your daily routine while you are taking antibiotics.
  • Consider being tested for food allergies to determine if that may be the cause of diverticulitis.
  • Fasting is recommended.


Advice
  • A low-carb, high-protein diet is recommended. Protein should come from a plant source or from fish. Stay away from nuts, seed, and grains other than brown rice. The following foods should be avoided: red meat, dairy products, sugar, fried foods, spices, and processed foods.
  • An enema made of fresh lemon juice and 2 quarts of lukewarm water can be beneficial in times of pain or during an attack.
  • At times it is necessary to go on a temporary low-fiber diet until inflammation clears.
  • Attempt to keep yourself on a regular schedule for bowel movements. Consuming fiber twice a day - once at breakfast and once right before bed - will aid in regularity. Fiber should be taken at a different time than all other supplements or medication.
  • Charcoal tablets taken with water will help relieve gas by trapping it. Take four tablets with a large glass of water. Since charcoal absorbs other nutrients, take it apart from other medications and supplements.
  • Garlic enhances healing and detoxification.
  • Green, leafy vegetables are recommended as they provide vitamin K which is helpful for those with intestinal problems.
  • Include plenty of fiber and water in your diet. Thirty grams of fiber daily is recommended. A bulk product or stool softener with methylcellulose or psyllium is great for preventing gas. Eight glasses of water or other acceptable liquids are required daily. Other acceptable liquids include broth, herbal tea, and live juices. This fiber and water regimen will help stop inflammation and keep the colon clean.
  • Liquid vitamin supplements and liquid vegetables (vegetables put through a blender) are recommended during severe attacks. Baby foods and steamed vegetables are also acceptable. Fiber can be added to baby food. Eventually you can begin to eat raw fruits and vegetables again. Cabbage juice, carrot juice, and green drinks are good. Chlorophyll liquid or liquid alfalfa in juice are also recommended.
  • Since laxatives can bother the colon wall, they should be used sparingly.
  • Stretching exercises can be helpful in alleviating pain. Massaging the left side of the abdomen can also help.
  • Try taking clay tablets on an empty stomach when you get up.
  • Watch for blood in stools. Take a sample in for analysis if stool is black.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Fiber
Importance: Very High
Comments: Stops constipation. Inhibits infection by removing accumulated wastes in pouches on the colon wall.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Beneficial for all enzyme systems. Aids in proper digestion. Hypoallergenic form is recommended.


Multienzyme complex with pancreatin
Importance: High
Comments: Helps digest proteins. A formula with high amounts of pancreatin is recommended.


Proteolytic enzymes
Importance: High
Comments: Beneficial for healthy digestion. Decreases colon inflammation.


Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil, primrose oil, and salmon oil are recommended)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances lymphatic function. Keeps intestinal lining safe and healthy.


Garlic
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps with digestion. Kills bad bacteria and parasites. Yeast-free formula is recommended.


L-glutamine
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Keeps villi (absorption surfaces of the gut) healthy. Provides metabolic fuel for intestinal cells.


Vitamin K
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Lack of vitamin K can contribute to intestinal disorders.


Alfalfa
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides vitamin K and needed minerals. Also provides chlorophyll to promote healing.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Alfalfa
Type: Internal
Purposes: Alfalfa has a high vitamin K and needed mineral content that is helpful in the treatment of intestinal disorders as the patient is usually deficient in Vitamin K. Good source of minerals that have a neutralizing effect on the intestinal tract easing digestive problems. Also is an excellent source of chlorophyll that is beneficial in healing.
Dosage: Take 2,000 mg daily in extract or capsule form

Aloe vera
Type: Internal
Purposes: Known as one of the best body cleansers and colon cleansers and aids in reducing inflammation.
Dosage: Drink 1/2 cup aloe vera juice in the morning and evening. Can be mixed with a herbal tea if desired.

Licorice
Type: Internal
Purposes: Bio-Rizin Glycyrrhizin (derived from Licorice) is beneficial in treating viruses as it exhibits a natural nontoxic cortisone-like effect that relieves allergy symptoms.
Dosage: Take 10 to 20 drops twice daily

Pau d'arco
Type: Internal
Purposes: Pau d'arco has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and has proven healing benefits. Can be made into a tea.
Dosage: Drink two cups of Pau d'arco tea daily.

Cayenne (capsicum), Chamomile, Goldenseal, Papaya, Red Clover, and Yarrow extract or tea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Cayenne has been beneficial in relieving cramping and gas pains. Chamomile is effective as an anti-inflammatory and soothing herb. Goldenseal, Papaya, Red Clover and Yarrow have been helpful in treating diverticulitis.
Cautions: Chamomile should not be taken on an ongoing basis. Do not use Chamomile if you are allergic to ragweed. Goldenseal is not to be used if you are pregnant. Goldenseal should not be taken for more than one week at a time. If you have the following conditions: history of heart disease, diabetes or glaucoma consult your physical before using the herb Goldenseal.