It is generally
accepted that problems associated with diverticulitis
are rooted in today's common diet. Most diets
consist of highly refined & processed foods
that have a tendency to 'slow the flow'. For our
bodies to operate optimally a crucial factor is
transit time, the time that lapses between eating
food & the elimination of it's waste products.
If transit time is prolonged, harmful toxins will
form. If fecal matter is not successfully evacuated,
the remnants collect & harden on the walls
of the colon.
Over a period
of time the insider diameter of the colon
becomes smaller. Greater effort is required by
the colon's circular muscles to move this compacted
waste material. This internal pressure causes
small packets called diverticula to develop along
When these pockets become inflamed & infected
the condition is called diverticulitis. About
half of all people over the age of 60 have this
condition. Diverticulitis is extremely painful
& requires emergency medical treatment when
complications such as perforations, tears, blockages
or bleeding occur.
The best way to
prevent this condition is to eat a high fiber
diet, drink plenty of water & maintain a healthy
functioning colon. If you already have this condition,
is advised only when the colon is not currently
infected or inflamed.