How To Treat And Prevent Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis, or Diverticular disease, is a disease of the colon which is diagnosed by the occurrence of abnormal sacs or pouches on the walls of the intestines. These pouches are called “diverticula.” When they become inflamed as a result of an infection there can be symptoms such as nausea, fever and severe abdominal cramping. It can be life-threatening if it is not dealt with. Generally antibiotics are prescribed to treat the infection. In order to prevent a recurrence, it is essential to focus on healing and maintaining a healthy colon.
There are several natural supplements that can help promote and maintain a healthy colon. One of the most common, and thereby most effective, ingredients in these products is psyllium. Psyllium is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. It swells and produces a gel covered mass which easily glides through the intestines, cleaning them along the way. If the colon is kept clear of waste matter and undigested food there is less likelihood that an infection will ensue. Most colon cleanse products contain psyllium as their main active ingredient.
Two other natural products that are essential in maintaining a healthy colon are aloe and probiotics. Aloe has healing as well as nutritional properties that are especially beneficial if the colon is inflamed. Probiotics replace friendly bacteria into the system after they have been depleted by the antibiotics. Probiotics should be taken on an ongoing basis, not only after antibiotics. It is essential to good digestion to continually replenish the organisms contained in probiotics.
Whether you are looking to treat or prevent diverticulitis, supplements that contain psyllium, aloe and probiotics are essential.