Diverticulitis is a condition that affects the wall of the large intestines. Small pouches can form in the intestinal wall. So far there is no specific cause for the formation of diverticulitis but this disease seems to affect people who are over the age of 60 or who are overweight.
The formation of the pouches in the intestinal wall does not cause any noticeable symptoms. The problem come when the pouches become infected or inflamed. This can easily occur because the waste that flows through the intestines can enter into the small pouches in the intestinal wall and become impacted. Eventually the impacted waste will cause the area to become infected and inflamed. The result is diverticulitis, which means the inflammation of the diverticula. This is a very painful and serious condition that can cause additional problems in the intestinal area. Abscesses, intestinal obstruction, or perforation of the intestinal wall can occur. There are several common symptoms associated with diverticulitis that include abdominal cramps, gas, flatulence, fever, and rectal bleeding. A person with diverticulitis may also experience constipation and diarrhea.
High fat and low fiber diets are usually associated with diverticulitis. A high fiber diet can help to prevent hard stools that can cause constipation and the unnatural contractions of the large intestines. Five serving of fruit and vegetables should be eaten ever day to help prevent the development of this condition and many others.
If you have diverticulitis you should avoid eating refined carbohydrates, alcohol, high-caffeine drinks and foods that can irritate the colon. Nuts, seeds, hulls and stringy foods, like celery, should not be eaten because they can easily become trapped in the sacs that form in the intestines. Also, be sure to drink a lot of water when consuming a high fiber diet. This will help to keep your stools soft and able to pass easily through the intestinal tract.