Preventing Diverticulosis And Diverticulitis

Today’s Healthy Diet Podcast, the 50th podcast by the way, is about preventing diverticulosis and diverticulitis by getting more fiber in your diet.

Show notes:

  • We had out cholesterol tested and Jean’s came in at less than 120 and mine was in the high 150’s.
  • Half of people over 60 years of age have diverticulosis and it runs in Jean’s family. Jean’s father died of it.
  • Diverticulosis is a disease of the large intestine that forms pockets in the intestine. When those pockets become infected and inflamed this is diverticulitis.
  • If you have the symptoms of diverticulosis which are bloating, cramping and constipation, please see a health care practitioner.
  • Diverticulitis symptoms are abdominal tenderness, fever, nausea, vomiting and cramping and you need to see a doctor or get to the hospital immediately!
  • The disease develops in people who eat a low fiber diet like in the United States and doesn’t show up in societies that eat a high fiber diet. It seems fairly simple to get to the root of the problem.
  • One of the first books Jean read on health was The Save Your Life Diet that suggested a high fiber diet was good for you.
  • Hospitals scare me because the typical way of treating a disease is a mix of prescription drugs and processed food. Alan’s criteria for going to the hospital – I must be unconscious and in more than one piece.
  • Fiber in whole grains is important because it contains the nutrition and the bulk, the good stuff.
  • Food needs to move through your intestines and colon so you will keep from getting constipated. That’s why we need fiber.
  • What can you do about getting enough fiber? Eat a whole food diet that contains fruits, vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, whole grains, flax seed and more.
  • When we make smoothies with our new Vita Mix you can add the whole seed because the Vita Mix grinds it up.

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Alan LeStourgeon

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