Diverticulosis occurs when pouches form in the digestive tract, usually in the large intestine. Although the exact cause of diverticulosis is unknown, it is believed that pressure in the colon weakens spots in the colon walls and causes the diverticula to form. There is no cure known at present for diverticulosis, but it is treatable.
Doctors may prescribe pain medication or suggest over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen if your diverticulosis causes abdominal pain. Since there is usually no infection present with diverticulosis, additional medication is not normally needed for it unless the condition progresses into diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is when the diverticula become infected. If this occurs, doctors normally prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection. In severe cases, hospitalization may be required and antibiotics may need to be administered intravenously.
Another way to help with abdominal pain if you have diverticulosis is to eat using the guidelines of the food combining system. Food combining is a set of principles that explains what foods are best eaten together and what foods should be eaten separately. When incompatible foods are eaten together, your stomach has to work harder than it should to digest them. It has to produce multiple types of digestive enzymes, all of which wreck havoc on your stomach and can cause heartburn, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.
Food combining changes that. When you eat nutritious, healthy foods and follow the teachings of food combining, your stomach has an easier, less stressful time digesting food. The symptoms associated with an imbalance of enzymes will be greatly reduced or disappear along with the risk of aggravating diverticulitis that they cause. Food combining is safe and effective for your entire family. Learn more about how it can help you have better digestive health.