Diverticulitis also called diverticula, is an inflammation or infection of small pouches that develop along the walls of the intestines. The formation of the pouches is relatively a benign condition to the intestine.
On this occasion, the subject that I am going to talk about comes from the request of the mother of a good friend. She is a lady of seventy years old. The lady started about two months ago with a series of discomfort in the lower abdomen. In addition, she had constipation problems.
In view of this situation, my friend took his mother to the gastroenterologist, who, after some studies, diagnosed diverticulitis. They came to my house, about three weeks ago. By that time he had begun his treatment. They told me that they indicated the use of antibiotics and some foods in liquid form. However, he felt that his digestive system worked improperly and sometimes he experienced nausea and vomiting.
Knowing my work with alternative treatments for health, she asked me to indicate some natural treatments, because she is a person who really believes in this type of medicine.
Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
It is very common, especially in countries located in the western part of the earth, to suffer from diverticulosis. When talking about it, we refer to the presence of intestinal diverticula at the level of the large intestine or colon.
Now, the diverticula are only small pockets or protuberances, which project outside the large intestine. These structures are concentrated most of the time in an area located on the left side of the colon, called sigma. The fact of his presence places us as people who suffer from the so-called diverticular disease. And I mention an important fact, 80% of patients remain asymptomatic.
However, 20% can develop symptoms due to the inflammation of the diverticula infection, giving rise to the so-called diverticulitis. Therefore, we should not confuse diverticulosis, which refers to the presence of the aforementioned diverticula and diverticulitis, which is the condition and all the associated symptoms.
What Are The Symptoms Of Diverticulitis?
- Usually, people with diverticulitis usually have acute, constant pain
- The most common is that this pain is present in the left iliac fossa,” therefore, some call it “appendicitis on the left side”, which produces reflex pain in the area of the back
- There are also febrile states, accompanied by chills
- There is also a change in the functioning of the digestive system, which may cause diarrhea or blood in the stool
- Constipation states may also occur
- Often cases of nausea and vomiting occur
- Very often there is distension of the abdomen and muscular fatigue
What Are The Causes Of Diverticulitis?
A high percentage of the diverticula generated by an increase in the internal pressure of the colon.
As we get older, the inner layers of the colon are more likely to form hernias or prolapse. That is why this disease is more frequent in people over forty years. However, it can be serious in people of any age. However, it can be more serious in elderly people, especially those who take corticosteroids, in addition to any medication that inhibits the immune system.
Inflammation of the Diverticula
It observed the inflammation of the diverticula, caused mainly by the effect of the retention of the feces inside. This retention promotes induration or hardening of the diverticulum, which produces an orifice that allows the intestinal bacteria to leave through it, producing infections
The most affected area is usually the sigmoid colon, the last part of the large intestine before the rectum
In addition to this effect, a decrease in the beneficial bacteria of the colon occurs, generating an imbalance of the intestinal flora.
What Can Be The Complications That Diverticulitis Causes?
As a consequence of the inflammation of the diverticula, fistulas can be produced. These are abnormal channels that can connect the colon with organs that are contiguous to it
It is very frequent that fistula formation occurs between the colon and the urinary bladder. However, women who have undergone hysterectomy also suffer from high risk. Mainly, because the separation that existed between both organs, due to the presence of the uterus, was suppressed due to the removal of the same
Fistulas, generally favor that the content originates infectious processes in the urinary tract. It is known that there is a lower incidence of fistulas between the large intestine and the small intestine. It has also been seen a low level of incidence of fistulas between the colon, uterus, vagina and abdominal wall
Natural Remedies for Diverticulitis
The treatment of diverticulitis should be performed in an integrated manner to achieve normal functioning and motility of the colon. And they must also fight infections and promote their detoxification, I will recommend various natural products that will help their recovery.
1. Regenerators, Anti-Inflammatories and Antistress Products
Aloe, already well known by all, is a plant that helps to reduce in a healthy way the inflammatory processes of the entire digestive system, its regenerative, laxative and prebiotic properties have already been studied for many years. It, as an excellent prebiotic promotes and helps re-establish the growth of beneficial intestinal flora.
Anthraquinone, a highly bioactive component of aloe, helps prevent constipation and intestinal obstructions. Anthraquinone is a phytochemical and is one of the most bioactive components of Aloe vera extracts. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory, laxative and prebiotic properties of aloe vera, it can help diverticulitis patients.
Slippery Elm Bark
The slippery elm bark has been used to address a wide range of health problems, such as cough, sore throat, irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions. It is very effective in soothing irritated tissue, with excellent emulsifying properties, which helps protect the intestinal mucosa.
Dehydrated fruits are a very important source of fiber, which helps to improve the problems of constipation, among them: grapes, plums, and figs. Also, the pear and apple casings work excellently. As well as flaxseed, avocado, green beans, sauerkraut, and olive oil.
2. Detoxifiers of the Large Intestine
It is very important to give respite to this important body. A natural way to do it is to avoid inflammation, not force its operation with heavy foods and maintain hydration and toning of the intestinal mucosa. A practical way to help our colon is through the intake of nutritional shakes. Some of the most recommended shakes are:
- Pineapple and blackberry
- Pear, banana, and kiwi
- Beet, apple and coconut water
- Swiss chard, parsley, and banana
- Parsley, green apple, banana, and dates
- Carrot, lettuce, garlic, and ginger
- Pear, pineapple, and papaya
3. Natural Antimicrobials
It is very important to get our large intestine to stabilize, therefore, you must fight infections naturally. Some of the natural antimicrobials are:
- Organic garlic
- Organic honey
- Oregano essential oil
- Thyme essential oil
4. Restores of the Bacterial Flora
The first line of alternative treatment to strengthen the beneficial intestinal flora is the intake of probiotics. Improving the intestinal bacterial balance with probiotics is crucial to prevent the recurrence of diverticulitis and to reduce the symptoms of abdominal pain and abdominal distension. In fact, some specialists in the gastric tract are telling their patients the use of probiotics to treat diverticulitis, given the evidence of their effectiveness and safety. Similarly, studies have verified that probiotics are as effective as the drug mezzaluna, widely used.
One way to ingest probiotics is through food, such as kefir, kombucha, kimchi or any fermented food. Research reveals that natural yogurt, Lactobacillus casei or Lactobacillus paracasei such as the Vegan Probiotics, are highly effective for the restoration of intestinal flora.
5. Balances of Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
The vitamins and minerals lost with frequent evacuations are to be replaced importantly. A healthy way to do it is through natural sources that are more digestible and tolerable by the body.
- Vitamin D: portobello mushrooms, almond milk
Precursors of vitamin A, or foods rich in carotenoids: Sweet potato, pumpkin, kale, mango, melon, and papaya
- Vitamin B: brown rice, barley, millet, sunflower seeds, avocados, and bananas
Minerals: spinach, green vegetables, whole grains, nuts, chickpeas, lentils
- Vitamin C: oranges, lemons, kiwi, guava, grapefruit, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and paprika
- Vitamin E: Wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, hazelnut oil, almond oil, mamey, pine nuts, avocados, and Brazil nutsAn interesting way to provide a healthy and nutritious way is to use Vita Green Energy.
6. Balancing Emotional Function
For many years, the role of serotonin in the balance of many bodily functions investigated. Scientific studies revealed serotonin as an important chemical mediator involved in intestinal function. Serotonin secreted in response to mechanical, chemical and noxious stimuli. Serotonin synthesized from the essential amino acid tryptophan. Therefore, an intelligent and natural way to raise the levels of tryptophan is by eating foods that contain it.
In addition, including sources of tryptophan, provides positive benefits in energy levels, mood, and sleep. Among the important sources of tryptophan, the following seeds mentioned: pumpkin, chia, sesame, sunflower, flax, pistachio, cashew, almonds, and hazelnuts.
You can also get it in whole oats, tofu, and tempeh. You can also use Ashwagandha, an extremely powerful and versatile adaptogenic plant. It helps regulate important neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin.
The moments when I reunited, with my friend and her mother, were really pleasant. Many of the things that day I exchanged with them, is what I present in the post.
My friend’s mother is one of those people, who sometimes like to please others without evaluating the consequences. This I mention, because, on many occasions, she seeks to feel closer to her grandchildren, sometimes incurring food disorders. Above all, with the intake of some foods classified as fast food, which provide few nutrients and little dietary fiber. This commenced on the day we met.
Of course, many elements emerged in our conversation. This allowed my friend’s mother to fall into account of certain key elements. Within them, food intake included, which sometimes not considered with all the seriousness of the case. A classic example is the consumption of seeds and the incorporation of some fruits, vegetables, and plants with bioactive nutrients.
Something that drew much attention to them, was the fact that it is on this side of the earth where that disease occurs most often. And they themselves could conclude why. They simply compared the way of feeding and the lack of tradition by the use of certain plants for the stabilization of many bodily processes.
The reflection is valid for all of us and we must always bear in mind that a healthy digestive system is the main strength of our immune system.
“The intestinal brain plays an important role in happiness and in human miseries, although few people know they have it”