Diverticulitis is a form of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. Specifically, diverticulitis occurs when small pouches, called diverticula, bulge out of the intestine. When this occurs consistently and becomes inflamed and irritated, this is considered diverticulitis.
Symptoms of diverticulitis include abdominal pain, gas, nausea, fever and chills, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. If you or someone you know suffers from diverticulitis, the good news is that is can be cured naturally and simply.
Below you will find eight crucial steps that will allow you to heal your intestine, and cure your diverticulitis for good.
1. Rest Your Bowels
Going on a healthy liquid diet can help your bowels rest and “reset,” especially if there’s some sort of blockage in your intestine. An elemental liquid diet will provide your body with nutrients without irritating the bowel, and allow the intestine to build back its strength. It’s a great idea to pair this liquid diet with regular colonic massaging.
2. Get Rid of the Bad Bugs
Parasites and yeast can enter the body in various ways. To get rid of these bad bugs, first, they must be killed, then flushed from the body, and finally, the body must be supported in replacing its good bugs. Diatomaceous earth, apple cider vinegar, probiotics, oregano oil, and coconut oil are all natural treatments to help kill and remove parasites and yeast. Also, stay away from artificial and processed foods that upset the balance of natural flora in your gut.
3. Put in Good Bugs
Out with the bad and in with the good. Replacing the bad bugs with balanced, healthy flora will help heal your diverticulitis and prevent future intestinal damage/irritation as well. However, eating a cup of yogurt everyday isn’t going to do the trick; for diverticulitis, you’re going to need some probiotics that are powerful and easily absorbed by the body.
You may need to discuss with your physician how much probiotic you will need to take to be sure that you’re getting enough for your good flora to be replenished. You want to be sure that you include adult flora species such as L. acidophilus, B. bifidus and L. bulgaricus, but you may need to work your way up to them slowly.
4. Heal Ulcers
It’s important that you address inflammation and other side effects of inflammation, like ulcers, while treating diverticulitis. Aloe vera juice can be used in conjunction with an elemental liquid diet to help heal and prevent ulcers. Also, avoid spicy and irritating foods, which when consumed regularly can lead to or exacerbate ulcers.
5. Check Your Nutrition
Perhaps the most important aspect of healing and preventing diverticulitis revolves around your diet. First and foremost, it’s important to get back your nutrients, since you often lose many important nutrients due to diarrhea from diverticulitis. It’s best to get them from foods by juicing fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid foods with small seeds and tough skins since they can accumulate in diverticula sacs.
Vitamin C, vitamin D3, cod liver oil and grapeseed extract are also important elements to include in your diet as they are helpful for treating diverticulitis. You will get the most benefit if you can include all of these nutrients into your day as they work better together.
6. Detox Your Environment
It isn’t just what’s inside that matters, but what’s outside as well. Pay attention to your external environment and any triggers that may cause or increase inflammation and irritation in the body. Don’t overlook things such as what pans you cook with, how you store and heat leftovers, and what household cleaners you’re using.
7. Deal with the Emotional Causes of Diverticulitis
It’s well known that stress and anxiety wreak havoc on the body, and often times this can lead to intestinal damage and diverticulitis. Emotional Freedom Techniques and craniosacral therapy, both performed by a professional, are good treatments for emotional causes of diverticulitis. You can also try meditation and deep breathing to help ease the pain.
8. Reverse Your Constipation
Chronic constipation is a common cause (and symptom) of diverticulitis. Constipation causes stress on your intestines thanks to constant straining as well as a backup of waste. To remedy this constant constipation, improve your intake of fiber-rich foods, exercise regularly, do a complete detox, and take a high-quality probiotic. These remedies/protocols will help relax the colon and stimulate bowel movement (without the straining).
To effectively treat diverticulitis naturally, it is best to follow all of these eight above steps simultaneously. Because diverticulitis is a reaction to inflammation in the body, primarily the digestive tract, it is best to treat the issue as naturally as possible to avoid increasing inflammation from pharmaceuticals.