A low-residue diet is recommended during the flare-up periods of diverticulitis to decrease bowel volume so that the infection can heal. An intake of less than 10 grams of fiber per day is generally considered a low residue diverticulitis diet.
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- soothes and heals bowel inflammation
- detoxifies the stomach and other digestive organs
- heals intestinal wall damage through rebalancing cells and regenerating tissue
- stimulates the stomach’s production of pepsin (digestion enzyme)
- strengthens immune system to restore intestinal health
- helps reduce the likeliness of future flare-ups
- helps to keep you in remission, longer
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SEROVERA® AMP 500 is powerful in relieving symptoms in most diverticular cases. Sometimes an attack of diverticulitis is serious enough to require a hospital stay and possibly surgery. You may help minimize the risk of severe attacks by consuming SEROVERA® AMP 500 in adequate dosages on a regular basis. SEROVERA® may help to reduce the likeliness of a diverticula by coating and nourishing the colon.
Diverticulitis and your colon
Food is digested and nutrition absorbed in the twenty feet of small intestine. This is the long, thin segment of bowel that begins at the stomach and ends in the right lower abdomen. After the digestive process is complete, the liquid waste enters the five feet of large intestine, or colon, which ends in the rectum. Just above the rectum is the sigmoid (s-shaped) part of the colon where Diverticulitis usually occurs. About two gallons of liquid stool enters the right colon each day where excess water is purified and recycled back into the blood stream. The remaining solid waste, or stool, eventually enters the rectum where the waste is stored until it is convenient to have a bowel movement.
What is Diverticulitis?
Diverticulitis is a condition that affects the large intestine, or colon. A normal colon is strong and relatively smooth. A colon affected by Diverticulitis has weak spots in the walls. These defects allow the development of balloon-like sacs or outpouches - much like a bubble forming on a worn inner tube. These hollow pouches, - about the size of a large pea - called diverticular, occur when the inner intestinal lining has pushed through weakened areas of the colon wall. A single pouch is called a diverticula. Although Diverticulitis can occur anywhere in the colon, 80% are found in the lower left side - called the sigmoid colon - because that is where the colon is the narrowest and the inner pressure the highest. The presence of these pouches on the colon is called Diverticulitis. When the pouches are inflamed or infected, it is called diverticulitis.
What are the complications of Diverticulitis?
Diverticula usually don't cause any symptoms unless they become inflamed or infected. In fact, most people with Diverticulitis experience no symptoms at all. However, complications do occur and can be serious. These may include abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, and diverticulitis.
- Abdominal Pain
Most diverticular pouches are painless. But, if you have enough of them, they can cause thickening and narrowing of the sigmoid colon. This results in painful spasms in the lower left part of the abdomen. When Diverticulitis is far advanced, the lower colon may become narrowed and distorted. When this occurs, there may be thin or pellet-shaped stools, persistent bouts of constipation, and an occasional rush of diarrhea.
- Rectal Bleeding
Bleeding occurs from a ruptured blood vessel in one of the pouches. This may produce a gush of red blood from the rectum or maroon-colored stools. The bleeding is usually self-limited and stops on its own, but requires careful evaluation and usually a brief hospitalization. Occasionally, emergency surgery is necessary to stop the loss of blood.
Diverticulitis is a complication of diverticulosis. The colon is home to many beneficial bacteria - helpful as long as they stay within the colon. Sometimes, one of the diverticular pouches becomes thin and ruptures allowing bacteria normally contained inside the colon to seep out through the wall and cause infection on the outside of the colon. When this occurs, it is called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can be mild with only slight discomfort in the left lower abdomen - or it can be extreme with abscess formation, severe tenderness and fever.
Diagnosis of Diverticulitis
To diagnose diverticular disease, the doctor asks about medical history, does a physical exam, and may perform one or more diagnostic tests. Because most people do not have symptoms, Diverticulitis is often found through tests ordered for another ailment. For example, Diverticulitis is often found during a colonoscopy done to screen for cancer or polyps or to evaluate complaints of pain or rectal bleeding.
When taking a medical history, the doctor may ask about bowel habits, pain, other symptoms, diet, and medications. The physical exam usually involves a digital rectal exam. To perform this test, the doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to detect tenderness, blockage, or blood. The doctor may check stool for signs of bleeding and test blood for signs of infection. If diverticulitis is suspected, the doctor may order one of the following radiologic tests:
Abdominal ultrasound. Sound waves are sent toward the colon through a handheld device that a technician glides over the abdomen. The sound waves bounce off the colon and other organs, and their echoes make electrical impulses that create a picture—called a sonogram—on a video monitor. If the diverticula are inflamed, the sound waves will also bounce off of them, showing their location.
Computerized tomography (CT) scan. The CT scan is a noninvasive x ray that produces cross-section images of the body. The doctor may inject dye into a vein and the person may be given a similar mixture to swallow. The person lies on a table that slides into a donut-shaped machine. The dye helps to show complications of diverticulitis such as perforations and abscesses.
Treatment of Diverticulitis varies. If there are no symptoms, treatment is usually not necessary, but a high fiber diet is important in preventing future diverticular attacks and taking a supplement like SEROVERA® AMP 500 may help prolong remission.
When diverticulitis occurs, simple bowel rest and antibiotics can usually abort a mild attack. In severe cases, patients may need hospitalization and intravenous antibiotics. While most people recover from diverticulitis without surgery, sometimes it is necessary to remove the affected portion of the colon - the healthy ends are then rejoined. The most common reason for surgery is to stop repeated episodes of pain, bleeding, or diverticulitis. A low-residue / low fiber diet may be recommended during the flare-up periods of diverticulitis.
Low Residue Diet during Diverticulitis
enriched refined white bread, buns, bagels, english muffins
plain cereals e.g. Cheerios, Cornflakes, Cream of Wheat, Rice Krispies, Special K
arrowroot cookies, tea biscuits, soda crackers, plain melba toast
white rice, refined pasta and noodles
avoid whole grains
fruit juices except prune juice
applesauce, apricots, banana (1/2), cantaloupe, canned fruit cocktail, grapes, honeydew melon, peaches, watermelon
avoid raw and dried fruits, raisins and berries.
potatoes (no skin)
well-cooked and tender vegetables including alfalfa sprouts, beets, green/yellow beans, carrots, celery, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms, green/red peppers, squash, zucchini
avoid vegetables from the cruciferous family such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, Swiss chard etc
Meat and Protein Choice:
well-cooked, tender meat, fish and eggs
avoid beans and lentils
Nuts and Seeds:
Avoid all nuts and seeds, as well as foods that may contain seeds (such as yogurt)
High Fiber diet for Diverticulitis
An inadequate diet is considered the leading cause of Diverticulitis. Most health experts agree that the lack of fiber and bulk in the diet is the major cause of chronic constipation and diverticular disease. As our foods are becoming more highly refined, more of us are suffering from symptoms of diverticular disease. Once diverticula have formed there is no way to reverse the process. The pouches are there for the rest of your life.
Chances are you are not getting enough fiber in your diet. In fact, most people in the United States average only 10 to 15 grams of dietary fiber a day. Most dietitians, however, use 35 grams of fiber a day as the minimum benchmark for a high-fiber diet.
Adding fiber and bulk to your diet helps promote regular bowel function and is very important in controlling and minimizing this disease. Foods rich in fiber, such as bran cereals, whole wheat breads, a variety of beans, and fresh fruits and vegetables help keep the stools soft and bulky. We all should make an effort to include more fiber, or roughage, in our diet. But, don't be too enthusiastic. That is, do not add too much fiber too soon. Otherwise, troublesome side effects, such as increased gas and bloating, may occur. The golden rule regarding fiber is to go slow. Start with small amounts and gradually increase the extra fiber in your diet.
The following list shows various categories of foods that are high in dietary fiber. The examples given for each category are not all inclusive and similar foods may be substituted. You should try to include foods from each group in your daily diet:
- Bran cereals
- Shredded Wheat
- Grape Nuts
- Whole wheat
- Whole rye bread
- Graham crackers
- Puffed Wheat
- Green peas
- Winter squash
- Brussel sprouts
- String beans
- Sweet potatoes
- Lima beans
Disclaimer: Statements on this page have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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