If you’ve ever been afflicted with an attack of diverticulitis, you know how uncomfortable it can be: diarrhea, nausea, chills, and cramps are the tell-tale signs that something is definitely out of order. However, diverticulitis may be mistaken for the flu, and that’s why many of us end up in the emergency room before getting a definitive diagnosis.
Diverticulitis occurs in the pockets of the large intestine when feces become trapped. The result? Bacterial growth develops, and the large intestine becomes infected or inflamed. When left untreated, this condition can perforate the intestine.
Although diverticulitis can cause lifelong issues, the good news is that with proper nutrition during your recovery period, you can make the attacks more bearable.
The Diverticulitis Diet
Although the diverticulitis diet may not prevent this condition – or treat it – it will give you a chance to give your digestive system a reprieve.
According to the Mayo Clinic, individuals with mild to moderate diverticulitis should see their medical health practitioner to get a prescription for antibiotics and follow a restricted diet (listed below.)
When you have a diverticulitis attack, Mayo Clinic suggests that you follow this diet for a few days:
- Fruit juices without pulp
- Ice pops without bits of fruit or fruit pulp
- Tea or coffee without cream
You may also find it helpful to chew on ice chips during this time. Within two or three days, your doctor will suggest that you add low fiber foods to your diet. The key to a quicker recovery time is to give your digestive system a break.
Keep in mind that the diverticulitis diet is just a short-term solution. Since it is low in caloric content and much-needed nutrients, you may feel tired or weak. That’s to be expected, and your energy levels should return to normal once your condition has healed and you’re eating normally again.
When to Call the Doctor
If the pain does not subside within a few days – or if you feel nauseated and/or unable to keep down food – you’ll want to call your physician. While most diverticulitis attacks will subside with treatment, 6 out of every 100 individuals will require surgery.
If you have repeated attacks, complications, or an infection that has spread, chances are that the surgeon will remove part of your colon to prevent further attacks.
There are other chronic conditions that may replicate the symptoms of diverticulitis. The MAP can help uncover undiagnosed health problems.
The MAP uses a saliva and urine test to determine the root cause of symptoms and then provides a series of recommendations using natural home remedies to improve your overall health. The MAP is an important tool to identify underlying health issues and recommend nutritional supplements and other lifestyle changes to maintain optimal health.
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