Natural Diverticulitis Remedy: A High-Fiber Diet May Not Be the Answer

Posted February 7, 2012. There have been 12 comments

What is diverticulitis?

It begins with a pinching pain in the left lower abdomen. Around the pelvic bone and sometimes a little beneath, a throbbing and painful sensation begins to build. This pain can even extend into the lower back.

If you are a woman, you may think that the pain is related to your menstrual cycle. Or, whether you are a man or a woman, you may wonder if you have moved your bowels properly.

Then you feel nausea, and a slight metallic taste develops in the mouth. You may lose your appetite, and you may even begin to feel feverish.

These are the classics signs and symptoms of diverticulitis.

Diverticulitis typically develops in the last portion of the large intestine.

In every human being, this last bit of the colon winds its way down the lower left side of the abdominal cavity. This region is called the sigmoid colon. It is where most cases of diverticulitis develop.

Diverticulitis is an infection that happens in the large intestine.

Up to 65% of people 85 years or older suffer from the condition of diverticulitis - an infection of the large intestine. Tackling diverticulitis naturally starts with balancing the intestines with healthy bacteria, found in probiotic beverages.

Diverticula are pouches that form within the intestinal wall. They look like small balloons hanging from the exterior of the colon. These small pouches can sometimes become infected and inflamed. When this happens, it is called diverticulitis.

The less movement the bowels experience, the more prone they are to developing diverticula.

This is because the final portion of the colon is narrower than the rest of the large intestine. Sometimes the equivalent of a traffic jam can happen in the sigmoid colon.

Since the 1920s, the incidence of diverticulitis has risen. This has happened concurrently with the development of refined foods and flours, all which can gum up the intestines, give rise to the balloon-like diverticula, and promote intestinal infection.

  • Some researchers speculate that 65% of those who are 85 years old or older are affected by diverticulitis. Other researchers suspect that this number is greater.
  • Over half of Americans over 60 have developed small pouches in their intestinal wall. Not all of these people will go on to develop an intestinal infection, or diverticulitis.
Eating a diet full of roughage may not always be good for your gut.

Physicians routinely recommend a high-fiber diet that is full of roughage, or insoluble fiber, in order to keep things moving along. While this can be helpful, in some cases a high-fiber diet may actually promote intestinal infection.

High-fiber diets are also high-residue diets. High-residue means that a lot of material is left behind after the small intestine has done its digestive duty. This material, or residue, travels down to the large intestine, where it becomes food for the microbes living there.

How well the small intestine digests food is a big indicator of how healthy the large intestine is. For this reason, not everyone reacts in the same way to the same high-residue foods. Signs that your diet may be too high-residue:

  • Lower abdominal bloating
  • Gas
  • Constipation or diarrhea

Several common greens, vegetables, and roots are high-residue. Many legumes, or beans, are high-residue. Popular grain replacements that are used in baking, such as coconut flour and almond meal, can also be high-residue foods.

Is it possible to improve diverticulitis without the use of antibiotics?

Because diverticulitis is an infection in the intestines, your doctor will suggest rest, antibiotics, and sometimes prescribe medication to relieve the pain. Often, the conventional remedy requires several days of bed rest while waiting for the infection to subside. 

It may be possible to relieve the pain associated with diverticulitis within hours, rather than days…

An infection of the diverticula is an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria. All bacteria compete for space in the intestinal tract. The more friendly bacteria that are present in the gut, the less prone you are to developing an infection.

In order to help remedy diverticulitis at home, it is important to:

  • Quickly restore balance within your gut. You can do this by consuming the right type of probiotic. The Body Ecology Innergy Biotic is designed to rebuild the beneficial bacteria in your gut.
  • Do not consume any vegetables. Because veggies are fibrous, and therefore potentially high-residue, they may aggravate the condition.
  • Avoid fiber that may cause additional irritation. Many colon products and probiotics contain inulin or an FOS, which can aggravate the condition. Body Ecology fermented beverages are a safe source of good bacteria that can effectively remedy a gut infection of diverticulitis.
  • Avoid all forms of sugar, even natural sugars. Sugar affects the immune system’s response time. Sugar also feeds pathogenic bacteria.
  • Make sure your bowels are moving. Constipation or sluggish bowels will predispose the area to remain infected and slow down the healing process. If you are not having a complete bowel movement, take 4 capsules of LivAmend concurrently with your probiotic formula, which will prompt the bowels to empty.

While diverticulitis is a condition that can be easily managed, it can also become life threatening if the wall of the intestine actually perforates, or bursts.

A perforated intestine is most likely to occur when the infection rages out of control and when there is severe constipation or bowel impaction. As soon as you suspect diverticulitis, manage your diet and increase the amount of probiotics that you consume. You will be amazed at how quickly you may be able to get relief!

What to Remember Most About This Article:

Diverticulitis is an infection in the large intestine, where small pouches are formed along the intestinal wall. Without regular bowel movements, the risk of developing inflammation and an infection in the large intestine is greatly increased. Cases of diverticulitis have risen since the 1920s, mainly due to the increased consumption of refined foods and flours.

Although many doctors prescribe a high-fiber diet to remedy diverticulitis, a high-fiber diet could actually promote intestinal infection by leaving extra material behind in the small intestine after digestion. 

To improve diverticulitis naturally, you can use the following tips at home today:

  • Restore balance to your gut by drinking probiotics.
  • Don't eat any vegetables, which are high in fiber and could aggravate the condition.
  • Avoid high-fiber products that could further irritate the intestine.
  • Eliminate all sugar from the diet, even natural sugars.
  • Keep your bowels moving to prevent constipation, which will slow down the healing process.

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12 Comments

  • Please explain something if we who are infected all in side are not to eat roughage because it can set it off why is it OK to drink smoothies made from greens confused and very sick respond asap thanks .

    Posted on Jun 7 at 9:30 pm

  • My friends mother has been diagnosed as having diverticulitis.

    Since this is an infection and I expect it would be similar to an ulcer and using commonsense, I suggest the following;

    1) minimize irritation to allow healing to occur
    - 3~5 days of juicing/blending and no food

    2) boost immune system
    - Add antioxident powders such as maqui berry and green powders such as barley grass into your smoothies or juice.

    3) cleanse the colon so that fecal matter will be removed aiding in repair
    - Blessed Herbs has a gentle cleansing solution. Using psyllium husk and bentonite clay mix this with your fresh organic apple juice (ideally no food as it swells up and you do not feel hunger) which has a high pectin content, will result in soft stools that will expand to fill your colon and be expelled in one long piece of soft jelly like substance. It picks up old matter which is stuck in pockets like diverticulitis (just like washing a wound after falling over - it will help the body to repair)
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    4) There is good and bad bacteria in your gut - you need more good than bad
    - After the cleanse in point 3, take a good probiotic such as Dr Ohhira because it has 12 beneficial bacterial strains. There is some evidence that suggests it is not good to have over population of only 1 or 2 good bacteria.
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    5) Finally, stop drinking chlorinated water.
    - Get a good water purifier because chlorine kills bacteria - good and bad and so it plays havoc with the balance of bacteria in your gut

    This protocol, I believe will help anyone with this condition. I look forward to any feedback or suggestions.

    Thank you and God bless!

    Posted on Jun 1 at 6:27 pm

  • I recommend green juices (24-32 oz a few times a day) (kale, cucumber, celery, parsley, ginger, spinach and lemon). Drink at room temperature. Eat as alkaline as possible. No sugars. Little to no animal protein. Take your oral, non-dairy (drinkable) probiotic and also one in capsule form. Start your day with warm lemon water. Alkaline is key.

    Posted on Apr 27 at 11:30 pm

  • The problem with relying on dietary sources of fiber is that most people don’t eat a diet high in fiber. For people like me whose diets are less-than-rich in fiber, I recommend the Lady Soma Fiber Cleanse. Its a fiber supplement (not a cleanse) because its all-natural and has natural (herbal) sources such as ground flaxseed and psyllium husks, and provides at decent amount of fiber per serving. This product saved me. You should give it a try - I dont get the fiber that I should when I dont use it.

    Posted on Sep 28 at 9:38 pm

  • I have been suffering with diverticulitis now i am afraid to eat fiber.

    Posted on Sep 4 at 12:19 pm

  • What about colonics and home enema use to help clean out the constipated person with Diverticulosis? I would love to know if Donna recommends them for this condition.

    Posted on Jun 23 at 2:09 pm

  • Please tell us what we should eat. I started a cleanse of eating pretty much a high fiber, fruit and veggie diet. I have also been eating a lot of nuts and seeds. I have been very constipated, gassy, and bloated. I do not eat much meat, and generally never cook it at home. I have been taking a probiotic and started sipping a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar a day. I also start the day with water with a 1/2 lemon squeezed in it. I have not been diagnosed with diverticulitus, but I have had digestion issues for years. I believe it was started due to stress and then a diet not high enough in fiber. Any suggestions would be great on what we should eat.

    Posted on Feb 16 at 8:31 pm

  • From what I have read, the Gut and Psycology syndrome is supposed to heal the intestinal tract including diverticulitis. There are similiarities in the BED diet and GAPS diet but of course differences as well. I know with the GAPS diet the author suggest that a two year commitment is necessary for healing.

    Posted on Feb 9 at 5:05 pm

  • I agree with Jan. Does this also exclude your "potent proteins" or your green vitality drinks?

    Posted on Feb 9 at 5:56 am

  • The insoluble fibers (undigested plant parts that are not water soluble) are the greatest irritant or threat to a gut inflamed by IBD or diverticulitis. For some people dealing with these conditions, fruits and vegetables are tolerable as long as they are peeled, deseeded, cooked, and pulverized to the smoothest possible consistency (such as you can only get using a Vitamix). Extra caution must also be taken with nuts and seeds. Serving size is also important. Smaller, more frequent meals are preferable to 3 large meals. If you suspect you have IBD or diverticulitis, it is essential that you work with an integrative gastroenterologist and nutritionist or health coach specializing in digestive healing.

    Posted on Feb 9 at 5:29 am

  • I agree with the above comment. It would be good to be told what to eat not just what not to eat. Glutamine is good, bovine colostrum is good, protein and certain veggies but when does one resume the fruit, grains etc....?

    Posted on Feb 9 at 5:16 am

  • If you are not supposed to consume any vegetables while healing diverticulitis, and you are not supposed to consume sugars (fruit), what DO you eat? What is the recommended menu for someone who is trying to heal an inflamed intestine?

    Posted on Feb 9 at 4:58 am

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