Are you troubled by sudden pain in the lower left abdomen, along with a feeling of bloating and gas, and nausea?
Sometimes, you can even have a fever and chills, and a loss of appetite at the same time. If that is so, you are probably suffering from Diverticulitis – but did you know that there are several natural home remedies available for getting rid of this problem?
Some modifications must be made in your diet and lifestyle to rid yourself of this prevalent condition.
When the lining of the large intestine, which forms part of the digestive system, has tiny bulging pouches or sacs formed on it, you are said to have diverticulosis. When these sacs get infected or inflamed, you are said to have diverticulitis.
The lower left abdomen becomes tender to the touch. The person suffers from fever and chills, nausea and vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, and a general listlessness and lack of appetite. Sometimes, instead of the left side, the right side is affected, but this is rare.
Diverticulitis is essentially a digestive disorder common among persons who do not get enough fiber from their meals – i.e., those who depend mostly on processed foods.
A CT scan or USG of the abdomen will confirm the presence of these infected pouches along with blood tests (white blood cell count rises substantially).
When there is insufficient fiber in the diet, the result is the hardening of the stools and incomplete evacuation of the bowels, resulting in small portions of feces getting trapped in the pouches in the lining of the large intestine, which then gets inflamed and infected, causing the pain that one feels.
If you have been diagnosed with diverticulitis, the best option for you would be to take some bed-rest and avoid eating solids for a day or so.
A hot water bag can be used to relieve pain. Once the pain subsides, you can slowly begin to eat some foods containing fiber, avoid caffeinated drinks, avoid beans, peas, nuts and seeds, cucumber, and the skin of fruits for some time.
Barley has got some anti-inflammatory properties, and it is also a good digestive remedy. Adding a few grains of barley to your meals or soup will help get rid of diverticulitis.
Pears are another excellent natural remedy for this condition. A good ripe pear eaten daily will soothe the stomach and intestinal linings and cure the pain.
Brown rice is particularly recommended for those suffering from diverticulitis, given its ability to calm spasmodic pain and also because of its fiber content. It can be mixed with honey in case found unpalatable by itself.
When baked, boiled, or cooked, potatoes are a good anti-inflammatory and soothing food, especially useful in conditions such as diverticulitis. Fried potatoes are, however, to be avoided.
Ripe papayas are another excellent source of fiber with certain enzymes that will help the digestive process and is very much recommended in the case of diverticulitis.
Another item readily available in the kitchen, which will soothe diverticulitis, is garlic. 2-3 cloves taken in the course of a day will give great relief.
Ginger, which is generally combined with garlic in cookery, is yet another useful digestive substance.
The condition is so common; there are several more natural remedies to get immediate relief from it.