When a diverticula becomes inflamed, it can also be infected and left untreated, may rupture into the abdominal cavity. As a person ages, the large intestine walls often weaken. Through years of frequent constipation and inadequate fiber to keep stools soft, this pressure causes diverticula to develop. They themselves do not cause any symptoms unless inflamed, but never go away either. My years of not maintaining a good diet brought me to this situation. Two months later, I had my first colonoscopy and it confirmed the condition. The list given to me about foods to avoid was extensive and discouraging including; corn, popcorn, nuts, seeds, whole grains. While the list of foods to eat was more like baby food and using over the counter fiber powders was suggested. That was it! There was no talk of anything to possibly sooth the digestive tract, the benefits of probiotics or a healthy diet for regular elimination.
A wonderful product, DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) has also been a daily addition to my routine. A chewable tablet, I use the German Chocolate by Enzymatic Therapy DGL. Licorice is helpful for so many reasons. But I like the fact that it is beneficial to the mucus lining of the digestive tract and actually promotes healing of gastric and duodenal ulcers. Peppermint tea is my "go to" for aiding in digestion and soothing bloating/gas. Putting a little ground flax on my breakfast English muffin is a good and easy source of fiber with a nutty flavor. There are so many supplements/herbs available for good digestive health and we each have to find what works best for us. I just know that what I have been doing works for me, keeping me regular and protecting my digestive tract. And yes, I do eat nuts, seeds and popcorn and have not had another bout of diverticulitis since the first time, seventeen years ago.
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I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one. These are just my experiences and conclusions.