Alternative natural therapy has a different principle compared with conventional medicine. It aims to manage the disease while helping the body to strengthen itself. A stronger body can do much to cure an illness. A strong foundation for this requires that natural, fresh and wholesome food be used as part of the treatment. “Food is medicine.”
Natural, healthy, non-fatty, and unprocessed food should always be the main part of our diets. This will help prevent waste by-products of digestion from building-up and getting trapped inside the intestines. There will be less chance for inflammation to develop.
Blended soups, liquid diet, and herbal teas made from herbs will help the bowels to rest and recover from the stress caused by diverticulosis. Some vegetables will help increase plant fiber content. This will help to clean the bowels and form stools that are easier to pass out. Use a blender or food processor to break down the fiber and make it easier to digest.
Adding vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant supplements will greatly help recovering patients. This is highly recommended through a protocol developed by Dr. Daniel Cobbs. This was created to help heal diseased arteries promoting the formation of collagen for healing. The same positive effect can happen to patients suffering from diverticulosis.
Some types of food have special properties to aid the patient’s recovery. These are the probiotics, prebiotics and herbs. Eating them regularly will help to reduce inflammation and control bad bacteria. The quantity and diet schedule can be adjusted depending on the patient’s preference and condition.
However, patients should avoid certain foods which produce the opposite effect. Factory-processed and fatty fast foods can worsen symptoms by sticking to bowel walls and get trapped in the “pouches.”
Some drinks like alcohol and too much coffee can also irritate the bowel walls and promote inflammation. Beer is made from grain can increase the build of gas within the intestines. Milk could produce the same result. This hinders proper digestion and further complicates diverticulosis.