Functional medicine aims to identify whats causes illness and deal with it. Diverticulosis is caused by pouches formation in the intestines. In which food can be trapped and starts to rot. So, Functional Medicine’s goal is to shrink those pouches and prevent new ones from forming.
Why pouches are forming in the intestines?
The occurrence of some pouches in our bowels is a normal part of aging. However, their severity can be greatly changed between people. The pouches are formed (among other things) because the body lack ingredients needed to form strong collagen tissues. The tissues that are formed, lack the strength and elasticity. Under pressure, they bend and deform onto pouches.
So, the first thing is to prevent pressure on the intestines. You can read how to do that in this post.
The second thing we should do is to feed the body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to create strong tissues. The main ingredient that most people lack is Vitamin C. This can result in many illnesses in the body depending on the person’s genes. From blood vessels calcification, through heart disease to Diverticulosis.
Most people also lack Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has its own impact on the body.
So, the approach of functional medicine is to supply the body with the Vitamins and Minerals it needs. Letting it make it magic – become healthy.
For a person who has pouches, functional medicine aims to lessen the number of inflammation flare-ups. And prevent them from complicating our daily life. Having a high-fiber diet is thought to reduce the risk of food being trapped in the pouches. And inflammation from developing. Consuming non-fatty food will help prevent waste by-products from building-up and getting trapped. This will also keep away bad bacteria from multiplying among the food waste particles. So, the chance for Diverticulitis (inflammation) to develop is lower.
Better eating habits will also help. Smaller amounts of food eaten will help to not burden our digestive and allow our bowels to rest. Drinking plenty of liquids like water and soups will also assist the passing of food through our bowels. This will avoid stressing our digestive organs. You can read our diet recommendations in the “partial fasting” post.
Following the pressure prevention method will allow you to reduce the symptoms of Diverticulosis. To get better health, you should follow the nutrition protocol. Presented in the “Preventing Diverticulosis” booklet.