Diverticulosis refers to irregular pouches or pockets that develop from the walls of the colon. These can lead to cramps and soreness in the areas involved. This is seen easily when an individual has been ordered a CT scan or a colonoscopy. Besides eating a healthy diet, what else should be considered? Traditional medical care does very little in taking a proactive role to decrease the chances of any complications or advancement of further gastrointestinal wall problems. Some people may prefer a “sit and wait” attitude, whereas most people are interested in optimizing function of the GI tract.
Testing is available to determine if nutritional deficiencies exist and what types of support in the form of nutritional supplements would be beneficial. Specific types of stool testing is available to determine if there is enough of the good bacteria, any abnormal levels of bad bacteria, any abnormal levels of fungus, as well as any parasites in the GI tract. Restoring the GI tract back to a healthier environment would decrease the chances of future problems.
Keep in mind that there is a connection between the brain and the GI tract. Any deficiencies in communication between the brain and the gut could lead to a decrease in function of the intestines. With any damage to the walls of the intestines, absorption of appropriate water and nutrition can also be decreased.
With proper evaluation, people who suffer with Diverticulosis will have an opportunity to understand the necessary dietary changes, as well as which nutritional supplements will be beneficial.