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If your diet has come up short in the roughage department over the years, you may notice the
effects sometime after your 60th birthday. As you get older pea size pouches aka diverticula start
to form in the walls of the intestines, often in the lower section of the digestive tract. By the time
we turn 85, 65 percent of us will have developed diverticula, a condition called diverticulosis. Just
like when your hair turns gray, diverticula will come with age. Having diverticulosis usually doesn't
involve pain. Most people only realize they have the condition when the pouches are found on an
x-ray or during an exam of the intestines.
For an unlucky 10 to 25 percent of those with diverticulosis, though, the condition worsens to
diverticulitis. This means that the usually benign pouches become infected and inflamed, causing
rectal bleeding, constipation, and severe abdominal pain. Between 15 and 30 percent of people
with acute diverticulitis require surgery.
Diverticulitis is clearly a serious condition. You might want to try out these suggestions and tips to
Eat more fiber. You develop Diverticula from not eating enough low fiber food, and eating too
much high processed foods. You will minimize the likelihood that diverticula will form by getting
more fiber in your diet. Even if you already have diverticulosis, eating fiber-rich foods can help by
relieving the constipation that is often a symptom of the condition. To reduce the pressure inside
the colon, eating fiber will help dilate the colon.
Among the best food sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain breads and cereals.
Add these to your diet slowly to minimize the gas pain that often accompanies an increase in fiber
intake. Any discomfort that you do notice should only be temporary. You should try and eat 25
grams of fiber per day. Do not worry yourself about the numbers. Just eat a whole-grain bread at
lunch and add fresh fruits and vegetables to each meal.
Try not to be seedy. Foods that contain seeds like popcorn and tomatoes, and spices such as
cumin and sesame should be avoided. These seeds can get lodged in the diverticula and cause
Avoid eating red meat as part of your diet. It was found that the higher the intake of red meat, the
greater the risk of diverticular disease. Neither chicken nor fish appears to produce a similar
increase in risk.
Increase your water intake. Fluid makes the contents of the gut moister and lessens the pressure
inside the colon, which may be responsible for the formation of diverticula. Every day drink at
least eight 8 ounce glasses of water.
Keep moving, stay active, this will minimize the risk you will develop diverticular disease. It has
been found that there is a link between diverticular disease and the exercise. In terms of reduced
risk, the best results were associated with activites like jogging and raquet sports.
Try tranquility. When it comes to your digestive health, it is not only what you eat but how you eat
that is important. Take meals without stress or distraction, never eat while standing up, and
observe a moment of silence before eating say a prayer or just close your eyes for a moment.
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