Okay . . . so the past few days we've been discussing fiber and its relationship with a bowel movement. So today we're going to talk about "diverticulitis".
Did you know . . . When the large intestine becomes clogged and you find yourself constipated . . . if not treated properly . . . over time you can form "diverticulosis". Which is the formation of small, bulging pouches called "diverticula" in the digestive tract. When one or more of these pouches become inflamed or infected, the condition is now called "diverticulitis".
"Diverticulitis" is the infection or inflammation in that pouch.
Now . . . normally these pouches at the stage of "diverticulosis" are harmless. And are developed when a weakness in the colon occurs and gives way under pressure. This causes marble-sized pouches to protrude through the colon wall unknown to the average person.
And "diverticulitis" occurs when the "diverticula" tears resulting in inflammation and in come cases infection.
So now you ask . . . how do we get a weakness in the intestinal wall?
Well . . . this occurs when a "low-fiber" diet leads to constipation, which in turn . . . increases the pressure within the digestive tract wall, which strains during a bowel movement . . .
Or, lack thereof one. . .
Now, once the small pouches of "diverticulosis" occur . . . science states there's no way to reverse them. But people can live for years with them and have no symptoms at all.
You see . . . it's not the pouches that cause you pain and discomfort . . . it's the infection and inflammation that can occur "in" them.
So first . . . how do we prevent the intestines from forming these pouches?
Simply said . . . by eating a higher fiber diet and making sure we don't become constipated. You must poop "every" day.
Okay . . . so the next question is . . . how do these pouches get inflamed and infected?
Well . . . that would be when "undigested" food gets stuck in a pouch. If it doesn't get flushed out . . . it becomes inflamed and infected. And as we spoke of yesterday . . .
This is just another reason we need to keep the intestines "hydrated" . . . to flush undigested food out of the intestines.
So what are some natural ways to help get some relief from inflammation and/or infections in the case of "diverticulitis"?
Well . . . there are several herbs that work well for relieving the pain of "diverticulitis" such as . . .
Garlic, green tea, ginger and turmeric . . .
But one of the best is "Slippery Elm".
"Slippery elm" contains a type of fiber known as "mucilage". Mucilage traps and absorbs water, forming a gel-like substance that can coat mucous membranes, providing short-term relief from pain and inflammation.
Now . . . another key element is to get rid of the infection. And to do that conventional medicine gives you an "antibiotic". Which as we know from previous Health tips . . . they also kill our "good" bacteria.
So instead . . . using a "natural" antibiotic would be best because they only kill the "bad" bacteria causing the infection and leave our "good" bacteria alone.
And again . . . just as a reminder . . . one of the reasons we can get "diverticulosis" in the first place is due to lack of "good" bacteria in the intestines.
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