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Diverticular Disease (Diverticulosis)


...elusive dreamer
Apr 5, 2009
Demystifying Diverticulosis

About 10 percent of Americans over the age of 40 have diverticulosis. This is a
condition where the colon (large intestines) develops small pockets that bulge
outward through weak spots, similar to a hernia. About half of all people over
the age of 60 have diverticulosis. The pockets form when pressure inside the
intestines build up, usually because of constipation. This condition is called
Diverticular Disease.

Symptoms of diverticulosis are sometimes never experienced. Although they may
include mild cramps, bloating, and constipation. Other disorders, which mimic
these symptoms include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and stomach ulcers. These
symptoms do not always mean a person has diverticulosis.

When these pockets become infected or inflamed, the condition is called
diverticulitis. The most common symptom of diverticulitis is abdominal pain or
tenderness around the left side (quadrant) of the lower abdomen. Diverticulitis
can lead to bleeding, infections, perforations, tears, or blockages. These
complications always require treatment to prevent them from progressing and
causing serious illness. If infection occurs, the severity of symptoms may
include fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping, and constipation. It is not
known how infection can occur, but it may begin when stool or bacteria are
caught in these pockets. An attack of diverticulitis can develop suddenly and
without warning.

The most likely cause of diverticulosis is a low-fiber diet because it increases
constipation and pressure inside the large intestine. Increasing the amount of
fiber in your diet may reduce symptoms of diverticulosis and prevent
complications such as diverticulitis.

Other causes you should consider are bowel habits, related pain, diet and
medications. This is also considered a stress-related disorder. It is known that
stress and smoking make symptoms worse.

Dietary fiber is an important part of our daily diet. Although most fiber is not
digested, it gives us many important and healthy benefits. Fiber retains water,
which allows for softer and bulkier stools, lowers pressure inside the
intestines so that bowel contents can move through easily, which in turn
prevents constipation and hemorrhoids Fiber binds with cholesterol and
eliminates this substance from the body. A high-fiber diet can also reduce colon
cancer risk as well as keep our digestive tract clean. The recommended amount of
fiber is 25 to 35 grams each day.

You can increase your fiber intake by eating these foods: whole grain breads and
cereals such as whole-wheat bread, cooked brown rice, bran cereal, plain, cooked
oatmeal, cooked white rice; fruits like apples, pears, tangerines and peaches;
vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower,
carrots, spinach, squash and tomatoes; and starchy vegetables like kidney beans,
baked beans, lima beans and potatoes.

Foods such as nuts, popcorn hulls, and seeds including sunflower, pumpkin,
caraway, and sesame should be avoided.

In some people, the seeds in tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries,
raspberries and poppy seeds, may cause a problem.

People differ in the amounts and types of foods they can eat. Decisions about
diet should be made based on what works best for each person. Keeping a food
diary may help identify individual culprits in your diet.

Alfalfa is a great source of Vitamin K, which is often deficient in people with
intestinal disorders. 2,000 mg in capsules or tincture is recommended.

Aloe Vera promotes the healing of inflamed areas. Drink 1/2 cup of aloe vera
juice, 3 times a day. It can be mixed with 1/2 a cup of herbal tea, such as

Pau D'arco is an antibacterial and cleansing herb. Drink two cups of this herb
as tea, daily or as a tincture.

Green drinks or whole green food drinks contain chlorophyll and are extremely
beneficial for this condition.

To relieve pain, massage the left side (quadrant) of the lower abdomen. Stand up
and do gentle stretching exercises.


Florida Diver

New member
Jan 13, 2020
56yo male with painful diverticulitis for 2 years
Naturalist doctor told me yeast fosters infections, so cut out yeast (beer, wheat)
I went a step further and began taking Candida Cleanse tablets daily (garlic), plus Psyllium Husk to keep my stool well formed.
During 2019 I only had 2 mild attacks, and treated both with double doses of above supplements - and attack subsided same day.
VERY PLEASED TO SHARE WITH OTHERS, as I was unable to find any cures online.


Active member
Jul 11, 2011
Florida Diver, its good to see that those natural products work for you ,and thanks for sharing, Psyllium husk is also very good for getting rid of cholesterol,as well as Lecithin, I have a good tablespoon of Psyllium on my oats for breakfast.