DIVERTICULOSIS / DIVERTICULITIS
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis'?
If you have diverticulosis disease, it means you have small, marble-sized pockets in the walls of your colon called diverticuli. Nobody knows why these pockets form, but doctors suspect chronic constipation, gas and bloating as the primary contributing factors. When fecal matter gets stuck in these pockets, diverticuli have a tendency to become inflamed and infected, a condition called diverticulitis.
Diverticulosis is an epidemic affecting 35-45% of Americans over the age of 60. This disorder primarily affects an aging population in industrialized countries. As in all geriatric disorders, metabolism should be rekindled with mild spices.
Ayurvedically, diverticulosis is a sign of high Vata in the colon resulting from poor digestion and elimination. Avoid all difficult to digest food and any food that causes gas. Since gas increases colon pressure, you may notice more pain and discomfort when gassy. If stools are dry and hard - avoid dry food like bread, popcorn, dried fruit, and granola bars that absorb moisture. Instead, favor sour foods that soften stool like applesauce.
EliminationAvoid straining to eliminate stools. Modify your toilet so that you can poop while squatting, a more natural position for the colon. Contraction and release of the anus (a practice called the root lock), and lower abdominal stretching are key therapies for retoning the colon.
HerbsAmalaki is an Ayurvedic herb that helps retone your colon. It is found in the formula triphala. Avoid stimulant laxatives and enemas that increase pressure in the lower colon. Adequate fiber, osmotic laxatives and stool softeners may be gentle enough to resolve constipation.
Disclaimer: 'Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis' could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
STAGE OF DISEASE 4 - TISSUE DISEASEIf you have symptoms in this category it means your imbalances have overwhelmed your body's resistance causing a full-fledged disease. Once imbalance reaches this stage it is more likely to cause acute or chronic conditions. You might be tempted to focus your attention on fighting symptoms in this category, but dismiss earlier warning signs of imbalance - i.e. symptoms in the stage 1 category. It is ideal to find and address the root causes weakening your system and remove them first. This ensures you are not adding fuel to the fire of disease. Once the root causes are removed, you can work on addressing the disease head on along with strengthening your body. This typically yields a quicker recovery and prevents recurrence. Ayurveda's preventative approach suggests you pay careful attention to every stage of disease development.
ARE YOU NEW TO AYURVEDA?Are you wondering what Ayurveda is and how to use it for 'Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis' and health in general? LEARN MORE
REBALANCE YOUR BODY WITH DIET, LIFESTYLE & HERBS HAVING THESE QUALITIESEverything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using gunas. Gunas are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis', you should select foods with the following qualities (gunas). Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance. For best results, get a one on one consultation.
QUALITIES THAT MAY CORRECT IMBALANCESRELATED TO DIVERTICULOSIS / DIVERTICULITIS
To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.
FAVOR HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL PROPERTIESIngredient and herbs each have unique effects on the various organs of your body. Herbalists study these effects and categorize them, so it is easy to identify which foods and herbs are most helpful for your unique body type. Click on the medicinal properties below to learn more about them, and to figure out which recipes, ingredients and products will be a good match for you. Individual results will vary depending upon the root cause of your imbalance. The following medicinal properties are useful for a general case of 'Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis'. You must independently verify whether these medicinal properties address the root causes of your case of Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis.
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
ANTIMICROBIALAn agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
FLUSHES-MEMBRANESHerbs in this category stimulate mucus membranes to release fluids, flushing them out.
Lung and Sinus:
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
MUSCLE-TONICHerbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
STOOL-SOFTENERAn herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
DIET REMEDIES FOR 'DIVERTICULOSIS / DIVERTICULITIS'
PRODUCTS REMEDIES FOR 'DIVERTICULOSIS / DIVERTICULITIS'
REMOVE THE CAUSES OF YOUR IMBALANCE
DIVERTICULOSIS / DIVERTICULITIS USUALLY MEANS THESE
|GUNA||DO YOU HAVE THIS IMBALANCE?|
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Toxic' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Dry' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you need to decrease Difficult to digest foods
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Astringent' taste
To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.