Diverticulitis is a disease found in the digestive tract. It is most commonly found in the colon, or large intestine. Pockets, known as diverticula, form in the wall of the colon where they become inflamed and often infected. It can be a serious condition that may lead to other health issues also.
The symptoms of Diverticulitis are often:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain in the abdomen
- Possible rectal bleeding
- Diarrhoea and constipation
- A general feeling of tiredness
- Needing to urinate more often
Although the exact cause of the disease is not officially known, it has been linked to being older and genetics. However, diet and lifestyle are also likely factors; such as smoking, being overweight, not having enough fibre and regular use of painkillers.
Once diagnosed, having a low fibre diet and eating cautiously to avoid further inflammation is advisable. As with all digestive disorders, nutrient deficiencies occur; therefore, a comprehensive nutritional test is highly recommended and will often provide results that will give important recommendations for health and well-being.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of diverticulitis, it is important to get a professional opinion. To find out more, such as which tests, supplements or approach is most appropriate, book your free 15 minutes pre-consultation here.