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how can a person with diverticulosis eat fiber if the fiber gives you gas?

i was told to eat more fiber in my diet due to diverticulosis diagnosed during my colon test. the foods that are high in fiber, i.e. vegs and nuts and beans, cause stomach gas so what do you do?

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Originally published December 21 2006
A Holistic Approach to Treating the Symptoms of Diverticulitis
by Frank Mangano

(NewsTarget) There is often confusion surrounding the difference between two conditions known as diverticulosis and diverticulitis. I'm going to explain the difference and reveal how to treat the symptoms of diverticulitis naturally.

Diverticula are small, pea-sized, bulging pouches in the digestive tract. While diverticula can form anywhere, most occur in your large intestine and are many times found in people that experience frequent constipation.

Having diverticula in the intestines is known as diverticulosis. This condition is many times unrecognized by the person affected because diverticulosis seldom causes any problems. Every once in a while however, diverticula can become infected or inflamed. This condition is called diverticulitis.

Many experts believe that a low-fiber diet is a key contributor to diverticulitis. Reason being is lack of fiber in the diet can make stool sometimes harder to pass. The excess pressure can result in certain areas of the colon to become weakened and collapse. This results in marble-sized pouches (diverticula) protruding through the colon wall. These pouches, which are small at first, but become larger gradually; typically develop in the sigmoid and descending colon. These are the lower portions of your large intestine just above your rectum. They are often the result of straining during bowel movements over a number of years.

Sometimes stool can become lodged in one of the pouches and the result can be an infection. Small tears or perforations can also develop in an infected pouch, which can lead to an infection within your abdomen (peritonitis). A person may also develop a collection of pus called an abscess if the infection is limited to an area around the wall of your colon where the diverticula are inflamed.

Diverticulitis can be acute or chronic. The majority of people affected are usually between the ages of 50 and 90. One reason that older people are generally more affected is that the walls of the large intestine tend to weaken with age.

For many people, symptoms are non-existent or mistaken for simple indigestion. For those who do experience symptoms, a pain in the lower left side of the abdomen is common. The pain is typically severe and surfaces rather abruptly. However, sometimes a person can experience a mild pain that can worsen over several days and have a fluctuating intensity.

Other typical symptoms include abdominal tenderness, fever, nausea, and constipation or diarrhea.

Less common signs and symptoms of diverticulitis may include:

* Vomiting
* Bloating
* Frequent Urination
* Difficulty or pain while urinating
* Rectal Bleeding
* Tenderness in the abdomen
* Blood in the Stool

While the reason is not exactly known, there is some evidence that links smoking & stress to symptoms becoming worse. Other factors that increase risk of diverticulitis are disease in the genes, gallbladder disease, obesity & coronary artery disease.

The best steps you can take in treating diverticulitis have to do with your lifestyle.

A high fiber diet has been shown to be protective against diverticular disease. You'll need at least 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day to help prevent problems from diverticulosis. Consume fresh fruits and vegetables, cereals that are high in fiber and bran. Be sure to drink plenty of pure water each day, as a high fiber diet will not be effective without adequate water consumption.

Studies have also shown physical activity, specifically jogging or running, to protect against symptomatic diverticular disease.

Avoid foods such as celery and corn as these foods contain indigestible roughage and use bran to prevent constipation.

Eat a diet with your primary source of protein being from fish & vegetables. Stay away from grains, seeds or nuts, as these foods can be hard to digest which results in bloating & gas. Other foods that should be avoided include dairy products, red meat, fried foods, spices, sugar products as well as processed & refined foods.

Also remember to:

* Try not to strain during bowel movements
* Avoid alcohol
* Exercise moderately
* Drink at least eight glasses of pure water a day
* Avoid smoking

Establish a regular bowel routine by spending at least 10 minutes a day trying to have a bowel movement at approximately the same time.

Avoid extremely hot or cold foods and fluids (which cause gas).

When you feel an attack or pain coming on, give yourself a cleansing enema with 2 quarts of luke-warm water mixed with the juice from a fresh squeezed lemon. This will aid in ridding the colon of undigested food that has been trapped and will also relieve pain.

Aside from lifestyle changes, supplementing with the following can also be helpful:

Acidophilus (Take as directed on label) - Helps support a healthy intestinal tract (gut) and replaces the flora in the small intestine, primarily to improve assimilation.

Fiber (Take as directed on label) - Helps prevent constipation. Also prevents infection.

Super Greens Formula - Garden of Life provides an excellent greens formula that is high in chlorophyll, which is extremely beneficial for this condition. Diverticulosis sufferers also seem to do better when chlorella is part of the diet. Chlorella will provide you with all the benefits of magnesium, carotenoids, chlorophyll and much more.

Vitamin B Complex (100 mg 3 times daily) - Aids in proper digestion.

Proteolytic Enzymes (Take as directed on label, between meals) - Aids in digestion & reduces inflammation in the colon.

Essential Fatty Acids (Take as directed on label) - Aids in protecting the cells that line the wall of the colon.

L-Glutamine (500 mg twice daily. Take with water or juice but never with milk) - Maintains the absorption surfaces of the gut called the villi.

Vitamin C - Anti-inflammatory and boosts immunity. I recommend a minimum of 3,000 to 8,000 mg daily in divided doses.

Garlic - Aids in digestion and is a natural antibiotic. I personally use Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract by Wakunaga, which is a high-quality odorless organic supplement. Take 2 capsules 3 times daily.

Alfalfa (2,000 mg in capsules or tincture) - Natural source of vitamin K and essential minerals that most people with intestinal disorders are lacking. Also contains chlorophyll, which aids in healing.

Aloe Vera Juice (Drink ½ cup 3 times a day) - promotes healing of the inflamed areas.  (+ info)

If fiber supplements cause blockage, what else should I take for my diverticulosis?

I also have lesions all over my stomach, so I am not always able to take some meds or treatments. When I take FiberCon or Metamucil, they bloat me and I become swollen because the fiber builds up and is not easily released.

Make sure you drink alot of water after taking your supplements. You need to have moisture in your bowels to move the fiber on through.  (+ info)

What are high fiber foods if someone has Diverticulosis and Ulcer's?

My mom's wondering, and I want to know high fiber foods since she has Diverticulosis, but only foods that are also safe to eat that won't cause pain in her stomach since she has Ulcer's.
Dr Q I want to know more detail, as in what type of fiber jar you mean. And that product you listed, the site won't show it. Thanks for your great answer :)

Hi, Great Question..With colon problems on the rise due to not eating right, this is an excellent question..Diverticulosis is one of many results of an unhealthy colon..Our colon can become clogged due to eating too much meat, flour containing foods, white bread, and pork, and most of all from not drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day..Pork food is trully unhealthy for the colon..Having a clogged colon can cause other problems such as gas, migraine headaches, skin rashes, bad breath, portruding abdomin, and etc..For best results your mother should Purchase a jar of fiber, because the body does not know the difference between grain fiber, and fiber from food..Fiber can fill in the pockets of the colon to help her heal..I have found a product that not only help the colon to eliminate waste, but it also has fiber that help cleanses the colon walls..
look up drnatura fiber..You can find it cheaper on ebay  (+ info)

Things to help ease pain from Diverticulosis?

My mom's stomach is really bothering her because of her Diverticulosis. She is literally bending of in pain. She says that if it's not better by tomorrow, she is going to have to go to the hospital, which she is trying to avoid because she doesn't think my dad could run the house without her. haha. i was just wondering is there was anything she could eat, or drink that could help ease the pain?

The important thing is to get enough fiber but stay away from things like sesame seeds which lodge in the diverticuli.Check for blood in the stool as a sign of deeper trouble.
An infected diverticuli can abcess and puncture,allowing intestinal waste into the body cavity.This can lead to peritonitis etc.Try a fiber capsul ( Walmart Equate brand are cheap )  (+ info)

Is irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis the same thing?

I was diagnosed with diverticulosis, after a colonoscopy. The symptoms I have are chronic constipation with bloating. I see that the symptoms are the same for IBS. I am wondering if there are two different names for the same condition?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal condition. Its cause is unknown and there is currently no cure. IBS is characterized by abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, gassiness, nausea, and other symptoms.

What is diverticulosis?
The colon (large intestine) is a long tube-like structure that stores and then eliminates waste material. As a person ages, pressure within the colon causes bulging pockets of tissue (sacs) that push out from the colon walls. A small bulging sac pushing outward from the colon wall is called a diverticulum. More than one bulging sac is referred to as diverticula. Diverticula can occur throughout the colon but are most common near the end of the left colon called the sigmoid colon. The condition of having these diverticula in the colon is called diverticulosis. A patient with diverticulosis may have few or no symptoms. When a diverticulum becomes infected and ruptures, the condition is called diverticulitis. A patient suffering from diverticulitis will have abdominal pain and tenderness, and fever. When bleeding originates from a diverticulum, it is called diverticular bleeding. A patient who suffers the consequences of harboring diverticulosis in the colon is referred to as having diverticular disease.

IBS and Diverticulosis are two different diseases.  (+ info)

After a bacterial stomach infection that lasted 6 weeks, How long does it take for your stomach to fully heal?

I had two infections, Gastritus and H.Pylori on my stomach, lasting altogether 6 weeks. I lost a lot of weight but my antibioitcs are finished now. I feel so much better but how long untill my stomach will be bac to normal?

You poor thing!!
I'm not sure how long it will take for your stomach to get back to normal, but i would suggest you eat some live yogurt to get some good bacteria back in your gut. Antibiotics will have got rid of the bad bacteria and the good. Hope you get back to normal soon.
http://www.danone.co.uk/Health/YogurtBenefits/SevenGoodDeeds/  (+ info)

What stomach flattening exercises are their that can be done if you have a bad back?

I need to flatten my stomach a little, but I suffer from back pain and the longer I avoid doing exercise in fear of my back pain the worse my stomach muscles are becoming. I would appreciate any info on what are good exercises for the tummy area that do not trigger off back pain.

If you have problems with your back while doing ad exercises, try the

this one will do the best for you, see how you will be laying on your
back, legs in the air:


if you are ready to invest in a ball, try Russian twists, they make
waist smaller and abs harder, and your back lays on the ball:


Ball Knee crunches, where you support yourself with the hands:


abdominal dragon flags :


Abdominal Leg Raises:


they have animated photos, so it's easy to understand how to do them.  (+ info)

What causes stomach ulcers and how do you get rid of them naturally?

I think I have an ulcer in my stomach, I looked up the symptoms and they seem to match mine, I really do not like having to have to take anything perscibed by a doctor who isn't holistic. At the moment I don't have the money to spend on a doctor of any type. Is there anything I can do here at home that will help heal it? Also, what can cause stomach ulcers?

Stomach ulcers can be serious. I highly suggest getting checked out by a doctor. I know money is a big issue for many people right now, but there are many things that can cause symptoms of an ulcer, and untreated ulcers can lead to more serious problems. If your symptoms persist, see someone.

There are many factors that can contribute to ulcers: Smoking, alcohol consumption, irregular diet, and use of NSAIDs (asprin, ibuprofen). There's thought that H.pylori (a bacteria) plays a role in ulcer development. A stomach ulcer is essentially acid creating sores in your stomach lining.

Things that you can do at home are to stop smoking if you do, and to avoid alcohol. Eating yogurt can also help. However, you really do need to get this checked out, and treated.

Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for H.pyloric stomach ulcers, and acid in the stomach should be reduced by another medication (usually a proton pump inhibitor or H2 blocker),

I'm not very familiar with non-pharmacological options to treat ulcers.

I don't know what symptoms you're having, your pain level, etc. You are the judge of when to get checked out, but if anything gets worse, be sure to go in!  (+ info)

What is the proper way to do stomach crunches?

I went to a gym a few years ago and I cannot remember if the woman told me to suck in my stomach when I do them or if she told me not to....She said that you will get muscles in your stomach that bulge out and your stomach will not get flat if they are done improperly...Can someone please inform me of the proper way to do them for a flatter stomach? Do you suck your stomach in or no? Thank you!

you can suck in our tummy but make sure that you are breathing while you do the crunches. put you r hands behing your head and dont bend your arms try and make your elbows level with the ground if that makes any sense, and then look up and the ceiling and lift your torso up towards the ceiling. make sure that your shoulder bones come off the ground. think of lifting up not folding in half. hope that helps  (+ info)

How can i get rid of my stomach fat really fast?

I am so overweight but my stomach is the biggest part. My pants won't buttom because of my stomach and when i get a pair to fit over my stomach, then they won't stay on my behind? I need to know how to get rid of all this stomach fat really fast cuz it's gettin me really depressed.

You can't choose what part of your body you loose weight from though, you can tone that part. I recommend eating a little less and working out more, you sure you aren't getting bloated? To loose one pound you need to burn 3500 calories. Try eating lots of fruits and veggies and less meat, carbs. and junk food in general. Start running or working out and getting a little more exercise in, even if it is parking at the back of the parking lot at stores. Lastly, get a larger pair of pants. You need to feel good about yourself to loose weight and be accepting of your body, don't let those pants that shrunk in the wash get your down! You can do it!  (+ info)

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