Diverticulosis occurs when pouches form in the wall of the colon. If these pouches get inflamed or infected, it is called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can be very painful.
Symptoms of diverticulosis may include abdominal pain, particularly in the belly, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, and cramping. You might also see blood in your stool and get chills. Vomiting may occur.
Serious complications could arise if this illness is not addressed, which is why, if you experience diverticulitis symptoms, you should consult a health care professional to get a proper diagnosis.
Diverticulosis is thought to occur when a person eats a diet low in fiber for an extended period of time. Most doctors recommend patients eat a diet high in fiber. Sometimes in severe cases, a patient will be advised to go on a liquid diet for a while to clear up symptoms before going to a high fiber diet. Some doctors may have you slowly increase your fiber over time.
Some food recommendations from doctors and health sites we researched recommend things like bone broth to help heal leaky gut syndrome, boost your immune system and heal the digestive tract.
High fiber foods include items such as beans, quinoa, brown rice, fruits, including raspberries, blackberries, pears, apples, and avocados. Green vegetables may be the better choice than fruit as you get fiber and less sugar which causes inflammation and might aggravate your symptoms. Broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, lettuce, and spinach all contain high sources of fiber.
For a time most doctors recommended avoiding nuts and seeds as they thought they might get inside the pouches, but recommendations have changed as there may not be any evidence to support this particular stance. Still, it's probably a good idea to avoid tiny seeds and ask your doctor what their opinion is on the matter.
A heating pad may help with belly pain. Some sites recommend acetaminophen for pain, but acetaminophen has a very bad reputation for ruining livers.