It’s good to have pockets full of money, but if a packed pocket develops inside your body, but not containing money, then there may be a major problem in your system. The pockets that I’m referring to are diverticula, which often develop in the large intestine or the sigmoid colon’s inner lining. This medical condition is called diverticulosis.
Diverticulosis usually occurs in people above 50 years old. Most people do not usually experience early signs and symptoms of diverticulosis, but others are experiencing abdominal cramps, pain, and tenderness in the areas that have been affected by the condition. Diverticulosis can also lead to inflammation of the diverticula. Risk factors of this condition include old age, persistent constipation, low dietary fiber, high fat diet, and uncontrolled intake of meat. Even if we age, we should still keep our body and system in shape. In order to maintain a healthy colon, we must be careful with our diet. Know the foods that are advisable and those which are contra-indicated for diverticulosis.
Fatty foods are not advisable if you’re experiencing diverticulosis. Foods that are high in fat are often difficult to digest in the stomach and trigger inflammation of the abnormal colonic pockets or diverticuli. Avoid consuming meat that have high fat contents.
You can have lean meat instead, where fats are trimmed off from meat or contain only small amounts of fat. You can also take lean protein foods such as chicken breasts and skinless chicken, turkey breasts, egg whites, and tofu. Low-fat or non-fat dairy products such as milk and yogurt which contains healthy bacteria that help in digestion and stop bacterial infection. Fishes like tuna, salmon, and mackerel are also good sources of omega-3 fatty acids which aid in relieving your colon’s inflammation.
Bulk stools and constipation often causes tension in the colon. A high-fiber diet is advised for cases of diverticulosis. This is often found in many fruits and vegetables that are easy to digest. Vegetables are also good sources of low-fat, high-fiber contents. Foods that are rich in fiber include cabbage, broccoli, carrots, spinach, mushrooms, potatoes, sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts, eggplant, beans, and pumpkins.
However, if the pockets have reached the point of inflammation, high-fiber diet is not recommended. Fiber helps in our digestion. The more fiber we get in our system, the more digestion occurs in the stomach. To let the inflammation heal and relax, fibers are not usually advised to ease the tension. Avoid certain foods like berries and coconut, nuts, corn and medications that might stir up constipation.
Water is still advisable for conditions like diverticulosis. There are lots of foods that you should avoid but still you can have some healthy options as substitutes. Never compromise your health by consuming foods that usually cause adverse medical conditions, especially when it comes to your stomach. Avoid the foods mentioned above to soothe your pain and relieve yourself from diverticulosis.