Diverticulosis is a condition in which pouches, called diverticula, form somewhere in the digestive system. Although they can appear in the esophagus or stomach they are most commonly found in the large intestine. Normally diverticulosis does not have symptoms; however, if diverticula become infected, it can develop into diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is a more serious condition that usually requires antibiotics and, in severe cases, surgery. With proper preventative measures you can greatly increase the chances of averting this.
The most effective way to prevent diverticulosis from becoming diverticulitis is by eating a high-fiber diet. When there is adequate fiber in your diet, waste material is soft and passes through the digestive system quickly and easily. This keeps diverticula from becoming irritated and inflamed. If your fiber intake is low, your stool is hard and small. It is more likely to rub against the walls of your colon and press against the diverticula. When this happens they become infected and cause diverticulitis.
Your daily fiber intake should be between 20 to 35 grams. This will prevent hard stools and constipation. Add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans to your diet to make it easier to reach this amount. If you are not used to eating this much fiber, increase the amount gradually over a period of a few weeks so your body can adjust naturally.
Another way to keep diverticulitis at bay is through food combining. This system for eating focuses on healthy, wholesome foods that are consumed in specific combinations. By eating foods that are compatible in digestion, your stomach only needs to produce one type of acid.
This prevents excessive, incompatible acids from causing symptoms such as heartburn, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. All of these things can contribute to irritating your colon and by extension increase the chances of diverticulosis. Learn more about food combining to find out how you can experience relief in as little as 24 hours.