Diverticular colitis is a form of chronic inflammation. It occurs in the colon (large intestine) and can be mistaken for ulcerative colitis. An endoscopy is usually the only way to confirm a diagnosis. Because this is a chronic inflammation, it is also often confused as being an inflammatory bowel disease. However, diverticular colitis is a unique case: though it is inflammatory, it is not considered a form of inflammatory bowel disease. There is no known cure for diverticular colitis, but it can be treated with medication and dietary changes.
In a patient that has diverticular disease, abnormal pouches called diverticula form along the walls of the colon. Although many people have diverticular disease and are unaware of it because they have no symptoms, many people have multiple symptoms including abdominal pain. These diverticula can become inflamed. When an inflammation in the colon occurs in the area that contains diverticula, the result is diverticular colitis.
Diverticular colitis can affect the body in many ways. In addition to inflammation and abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and vomiting can also occur. Unlike with regular colitis or Crohn’s disease, it is recommended for patients with diverticular colitis to maintain a high fiber diet in most cases. If the waste material in the colon sits too long due to constipation, this will inflame and possibly infect the diverticula and aggravate both the diverticular disease and the colitis.
One dietary change that you can make to help reduce the risk of inflammation or infection with diverticular colitis is to use the food combining method for eating. Food combining keeps your stomach from producing conflicting enzymes that struggle to break down and digest foods that are not compatible together. This conflict results in heartburn, gas, bloating and abdominal cramps that can aggravate colitis and diverticular disease.
Food combining makes digesting food gentle and easy. There are no added pressures on your system and feeling nauseous or having heartburn will disappear. Your stomach will begin to recover in as little as 24 hours when you eat using food combining. It is safe and simple and can be used by anyone. Try food combining and you will be amazed at the way it changes your digestive health and helps you feel better than ever.