Diverticulitis is the more serious form of diverticular disease. It starts as “diverticulosis” due to a weakened digestive system. The “pouches” that formed from intestinal weakness trapped food and waste materials for a long time. This is a fertile breeding ground for bad bacteria to exponentially increase. Infection happens and results in full-blown inflammation.
What the person is eating immediately before can trigger an attack. Some types of food can irritate the inside of the bowels. An example of these is very strong spices like pepper or hot chilis. Coffee and alcohol can overstimulate and irritate. Common causes also include foods that are too hard to digest such as seeds, nuts, or made into products like popcorn. Food materials with too much fiber like whole-wheat bread, fruit skins, and products such as dried raisins and plums can also cause complications. Meanwhile, certain types of food that enter the pouches are what bad bacteria love to feast on. Their population explodes because of this to cause an infection and end up as diverticulitis. Very rich foods like milk, milk products, and fatty fast food are included. Patients must watch out and avoid these to keep away unwanted attacks.
Diverticulosis is a long-term disease. Diverticulitis can attack numerous times during this. It can leave patients feeling exhausted and frustrated. The inflammation and infection may be stopped, but the “pouches” will still be there. It is like the scar which remains after a deep wound heals. The best that can be done then is to manage the condition. It will help prevent diverticulitis attacks from happening again. It will also help the patient to live a more comfortable and stress-free life. If the sufferer can alter his or her lifestyle in time, then the illness could be managed with the patient having a relatively comfortable quality of life. Lifestyle change includes regular meals of healthy, natural, fiber-rich food supplemented with multivitamins, minerals, and other anti-oxidants.