What Is It?
The following are three names you may hear connected with this diverticulitis:
Diverticulosis: This is where small pockets or pouches have ballooned out of the large bowel but is showing no symptoms or causing discomfort.
Diverticular disease: Refers to anyone with diverticulosis who may be showing some symptoms.
Diverticulitis: Is where the diverticular have become inflamed and infected. This can worsen and lead to other problems. It can be a highly painful condition causing a heightened risk of peritonitis which may results in surgery.
Cause & Effect
Diverticulitis is more common in older people where the elasticity and tone of the bowel wall has been compromised and often follows chronic constipation. It is increasingly being seen as a problem in younger people.
Lack of Fibre
It is believed that insufficient fibre in the diet may be a major cause of diverticular disease and diverticulitis. We would recommend consulting with a Juice Therapist or Nutritionist to ensure you’re receiving enough fibre as part of your diet.
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As with smoking, being overweight or obese can have a massive effect on your health. It has been linked to increased risks of diverticular disease and diverticulitis.
Constipation can put a substantial strain on the bowel and can heighten the risk of weakness of the bowel lining.
Long-term regular use of painkillers such as ibuprofen or aspirin can cause digestive problems. The NHS recommend the use of paracetamol to relieve the painful symptoms of the condition.
What To Avoid
Avoid highly processed food which are often low in fibre, high in fats and low in nutrition. As mentioned above, painkillers such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen can also cause issues. Doctors may prescribe a low fibre diet when recovering from the condition to allow your digestive system to rest.
What To Include
Juices can be easily digested without causing any strain on the digestive tract and will minimise the amount of painful peristalsis triggered, so easing the pain.
A diet high in natural fibre is beneficial. An easy way to do this whilst minimising your intake of fats and refined sugars is to juice fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, with the aim of flooding the system with nutrients.
Drink at least 1.2 litres of mineral or filtered water each day to help flush out impurities. In hotter climates it’s important to drink more than this if required.
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- 1 Pear (Medium, any hard variety)
- 1/2 Cucumber (Medium)
- 1/2 Lime (Rind on)
- 2 Spears of Asparagus
- 1 Stick of Celery
- 1 Large handful of Spinach
- 3 Cubes of Ice
Juice all the fruit and vegetables, then either pour the extracted juice into the blender with ice blend or simply add ice to a glass and pour over.
Please note, it is impossible to give a definitive list as what supports one person can be a trigger food or allergen for another. You must stay your own juice detective at all times and listen to how your own body responds to certain foods and always consult with your healthcare provider when making changes to your diet which may affect your medication. Please be aware that we are not doctors, so it is important to consult with your GP or medical practitioner BEFORE making any changes to your diet. The suggestions above are not meant as an alternative to any current medical treatment so please DO NOT stop taking any medications you are on. They are also not an endorsement of their effectiveness, or a recommendation that they should be followed but instead, are provided for informational purposes. None of the information on the Natural Juice Therapy site is intended or implied to treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease.