Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a common form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) caused when small bulging sacs or pouches called diverticula form in weak spots in the lining of the colon. Small pieces of food and feces can become trapped in these pouches, most often in the large intestine. These diverticula can then become inflamed and/or infected – causing the bowel condition called diverticulitis.
 
Diverticulitis is often confused with diverticulosis, which is simply the condition of having diverticula, or pouches. Diverticulosis only turns into diverticulitis if the diverticula become inflamed or infected. About 10 percent of Americans over age 40 have diverticulosis (increasing to about half of all people over 60), but only ten to 25 percent of these people develop both diverticulosis and diverticulitis.
 
The most common diverticulitis symptom is abdominal pain. Other frequent symptoms of diverticulitis include constipation and/or diarrhea, cramping, bloating, fever, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms of diverticular disease may worsen as the day progresses.
 
 
DIVERTICULITIS TREATMENT 
 
Four Steps to Treat Diverticulitis
 
Long-term diverticulitis relief involves a 4-step process:
 
  1. Healing intestinal inflammation and eliminating infection.
  2. Restoring a beneficial gut flora (good bacteria and reduction/elimination of bad bacteria, fungi, yeast, etc.).
  3. Restoring intestinal tissue (tone, structure) and mucosal lining.
  4. Normalizing digestion, nutrient absorption (throughout the gastrointestinal tract) and bowel movements.
 
Detailed instructions, explanations and dosages for each of these healing protocols are outlined in gastrointestinal disease expert Jini Patel Thompson’s book, Listen To Your Gut
 
 
DIVERTICULAR DISEASE DIET
 
For the best management and treatment of diverticular disease, your diet should vary according to your symptoms. During good times, it's best to eat a diet that promotes easy digestion and absorption and tones the intestinal wall. But during a diverticulitis flare-up, it's best to stick to a liquid diet to provide bowel rest, flush the colon, and to prevent a blockage or obstruction. It is also easier to heal intestinal inflammation or infection while on a highly nutritious liquid diet.
 
Additional natural healing substances like wild oregano oil, aloe vera juice, probiotics and MucosaHeal can be used to eliminate the infection and heal intestinal inflammation during this time. Again, full usage and dosage details for these natural remedies are given in Jini’s book, Listen To Your Gut.
 
There are three forms of liquid nutrition that work very well to treat diverticulitis symptoms:
  1. Raw vegetable juicing – juice primarily vegetables, with only enough fruit added to make them palatable (or sweeten with stevia instead).
  2. Raw (unpasteurized) cow or goat milk – from pasture-fed animals only (not barn-raised and grain-fed).
  3. Absorb Plus elemental nutrition and protein shakes
 
ABSORB PLUS ELEMENTAL NUTRITION LIQUID DIET
 
Absorb Plus is probably the easiest way to achieve optimum nutrition on a liquid diet during a flare up of diverticulitis symptoms. Since it was specifically created for people with all forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), it contains many natural healing substances targeted to calm intestinal inflammation and promote mucosal healing.
 
The whey protein isolate in Absorb Plus is also an alkaline food, so it's ideal for counteracting the usually hyper-acidic body pH levels of people with gastrointestinal and colon and bowel problems. If you have heartburn, don't be surprised if it lessens or disappears after using Absorb Plus regularly - especially if you drink 3 or more shakes a day.
 
How Much Absorb Plus Should I Take?
 
If you're using Absorb Plus during a flare – or when you're under stress, or likely to develop a diverticulitis flare – you should drink the number of shakes you require for your specific caloric needs each day.
 
Each Absorb Plus shake (blended with 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed flax or Udo's Choice oil) equals roughly 480 calories. Normally, people require 15 calories per pound of body weight. So a 100-pound person needs 1500 calories per day to maintain his or her weight (3 Absorb Plus shakes a day).
 
If you want to use this time to drop a few pounds, figure out how many calories you need to take in to maintain a weight that is 20 pounds less than your current weight – and consume the number of shakes needed to maintain that lower weight.
 
If you are malnourished or underweight, you can use this period of liquid nutrition to gain weight). In that case, you would take your ideal weight and multiply it by 20. So if you want to weigh 170 pounds, you need to consume 3400 calories per day (7 Absorb Plus shakes per day).
 
How Long Should I Use Absorb Plus?
 
Ideally, it's best to stick to only liquid nutrition for the entire duration of your flare-up. For some people, this means three days, for others, it means a few weeks. Since your diverticulitis flare-ups will depend on the severity of your disease, your stress levels, other healing strategies you are using, and your foundational level of health, your healing may be a lot faster - or a lot slower - than someone else's.
 
So, it's recommended you listen to your own body and stay on Absorb Plus shakes for as long as your infection is acute and you are at risk of a blockage. It's also best to alternate your Absorb Plus shakes with bone broths (see the Chicken Broth Recipe at the end of the Diverticulitis Treatment and Relief Report (sign up for this report in the purple box on the left hand side of this page) since the gelatin in the broth is very healing for the gut and the savory soup provides needed taste variety.
 
When you're ready to introduce solid foods again, start with pureed foods and soups to gradually ease yourself back into solid foods. You may want to stay on a mix of Absorb Plus shakes and soft foods for an additional week or two, just to be sure you are well over the flare and to give your body the best opportunity for healing.
 
 
Ongoing Diet for Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis 
 
Sign up for Jini Patel Thompson’s Diverticulitis Treatment and Relief Report (sign up for this report in the purple box on the top left hand side of this page) for dietary guidelines to maintain good bowel health, including which foods to eat, which foods to avoid, and the two best dietary changes you can make to improve diverticulosis and diverticulitis symptoms. 

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