What is Diverticulitis?
Diverticulitis happens when pouches form in the wall of the colon. If these pouches get inflamed or infected then you can have an attack of Diverticulitis, this can be extremely painful.
Symptoms of Diverticulitis
Symptoms of Diverticulitis may last from a few hours to a week or more and include:
~ Abdominal Pain: usually in the lower left side, and sometimes feels worse when you move
~ Bloating and Gas
~ Diarrhea or Constipation
~ Nausea and sometimes vomiting
~ Fever and Chills
How to prevent Diverticulitis
- Constipation is thought to be a big factor in suffering from this condition. The rule is 1 meal in – 1 meal out, otherwise, you may be constipated. To avoid constipation, and ultimately diverticulitis, drink plenty of water, get regular exercise, and eat a high-fiber diet. A high-fiber diet includes whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
- Don’t hold it. Having the urge to have a bowel movement and not going, hold it instead is a factor that can lead to Diverticulitis. That feeling, the urge to go, it will eventually go away. What happened? Matter backed up and stretched a pouch, and now debris can get jammed in there and cause infection.
- Food sensitivities. You may be intolerant to certain foods that cause inflammation and other digestive and health issues. This is usually not obvious and needs to be sorted out with assistance from a health practitioner.
Do you drink enough water, exercise, and eat a high-fiber diet? Do you “go” when you get the urge, or wait until you get home?
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