Diverticulitis is nothing to laugh at or not to take seriously. Your colon is really have just pissed off your colon. Abused it and now its seeking revenge. It is being rebellious , where you must take heed and cautiously calm the inflamed lion back down but let this be a learning lesson too. You can’t abuse your body and keep on assuming nothing will happen. Also there are some of you who seem to be eating what they think are all the right foods and apparently your body doesn’t agree.
I’ve read that this is a common form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Many people develop small pouches (diverticula) in the lining of their colon that bulge outward through weak spots, usually in the large intestine. This is called diverticular disease. The condition of having diverticula is called diverticulosis. When the diverticulae become infected and inflamed, it’s called diverticulitis. Many people have this disorder for years before it becomes an issue and perhaps lands them in a hospital bed. Symptoms can range from abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, constipation, or loose bowel movements and include diarrhea. There have been times when doctors have confused Mild diverticulitis symptoms for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Everything has a root cause. We must stop abusing our bodies and think that their are no consequences to our actions. Here are some things you need to think about or put into action…
Interesting fact: There are more than 200,000 cases reported per year in the United States and is most common for people between from 40-60 years onwards. In 2003 in Europe, it resulted in approximately 13,000 deaths. Costs associated with diverticular disease are around $2.4 billion a year in the United States as of 2013.
Possible causes for diverticulitis:
- Nutrition deprivation / poor diet
- Eating too much meat
- Consuming dairy
- Lack of exercise
- Family history
- Heal your Gut-
Your gut is your portal to health. You must begin to heal any intestinal inflammation. Your gut houses 80 percent of your immune system, and without your gut being healthy it is practically impossible to have a healthy immune system. A leaky gut have been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimotos thyroiditis, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema and rosacea, and that is just to name a few. It is said that all disease begin in the gut. So you can understand why a properly working digestive system (your gut) is vital to your health. Contrary to what we use to believe. We now know that having a leaky gut is one of the main reasons, and probably the beginning stage, for developing an autoimmune disease. Having a leaky gut means that the tight junctions that usually hold the walls of your intestines together have become loose, allowing undigested food particles, microbes, toxins, and more to leave your gut and enter your bloodstream. This will cause your body to become full of inflammation, which in return will start to trigger an autoimmune condition and if you already have an autoimmune condition it will certainly make it worse. Luckily for you. Your gut is made up of wonderful cells that can turn over very quickly, so you can start to heal your gut in as little as thirty days, by following these 4 R guidelines: Remove, Restore, Replace and Repair
— Remove these inflammatory foods, household & body chemicals, drink filtered water( to avoid fluoride and chloride) , stop using aluminum brand deodorant, start using fluoride free brand tooth pastes, start to reduce your stress that damage your gut, do a detox to heal any gut infections from yeast, parasites, or bacteria.
— replenish the enzymes and digestive acids that are necessary for proper digestion
— Make sure you are taking plenty a good strong probiotic that is full of these much needed “good bacteria” to start supporting your immune system. Here is a great product that I use. You can do your own research and I am sure there are other brands out there that are wonderful too. Garden Of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily Women’s, 30 Count
— Give your gut a fighting chance by supplying the nutrients and amino acids needed to build a healthy gut lining. (Gelatin can improve your ability to produce adequate gastric acid secretions that are needed for proper digestion and nutrient absorption. Glycine from gelatin is important for restoring a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach and facilitating with the balance of digestive enzymes .
2. Household chemicals-
Did you know that it takes 26 seconds for the chemicals to enter into your bloodstream? The real reality is we are damaging our DNA and we are changing our genetic makeup for future generations. There was a study a few years back that said the umbilical cord of an average American baby has over 200 known chemicals in it. Eighty percent of the common chemicals that are used daily in this country, we know almost nothing about. Our children are being born toxic and we have no idea if these toxins are already doing some sort of damage their brains, their immune system, their reproductive system, and any other developing organs. Are we unknowingly setting ourselves up for failure in the womb, even before birth?
Scientists and researchers are concerned that many of these chemicals may be carcinogenic or wreak havoc with our hormones, our body’s regulating system.
Most products have a warning label that is typed in bold “Keep out of Reach of Children”. As consumers, we believe that if our children don’t ingest these products they will not be harmed by them. This can be far from the truth. Think about other common methods of exposure are through the skin and our respiratory tract. WE are along with our children are often in contact with the chemical residues housecleaning products do leave behind, by crawling, lying and sitting on the freshly cleaned floor.
Scientists at Norway’s University of Bergen tracked 6,000 people, with an average age of 34 at the time of enrollment in the study, who used the cleaning products over a period of two decades, according to the research published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
These chemicals can chemicals bind together.
Exposure to phthalates has been associated with lower IQ levels.
These chemicals can also be found in the shampoos, conditioners, body sprays, hair sprays, perfumes, make up, cleaning supplies, colognes, soap and nail polish that we use.
The results follow a study by French scientists in September 2017 that found nurses who used disinfectants to clean surfaces at least once a week had a 24 percent to 32 percent increased risk of developing lung disease.
Scientists and researchers are concerned that many of these chemicals may be carcinogenic or wreak havoc with our hormones, our body’s regulating system.
It’s not enough to be aware of all the outdoor chemicals that we are exposed to everyday but inside our homes we can have more power and control. We have to be more aware about using chemical cleaners, paints, glues, body lotions, toothpastes, underarm deodorants, hair products and pesticides. Instead start to begin to use products that don’t pollute our very own bodies. We must read labels, make our own products and do our own research. I can’t stress this enough. We must take a stand for our health. Stop using commercial products that are laced with unknown and harmful body damaging products.
You can reduce your exposure to them by eating organic foods, making your own cleaning chemicals and using alternative pest control methods.
Vanilla grapefruit linen spray
2-1/2 cups filtered water
3 drops pink grapefruit essential oil
2 drops vanilla essential oil
1/4 cup vodka
The vodka helps the water dry quickly after you spray it on your linens. Theses essential oils that are used create a beautifully fresh vanilla grapefruit scent that is perfect for a summer pick me up. This spray is very versatile. It can be used on clothing, fabric furniture, or even as a quick air freshener.
If the vodka smell is slightly strong just add another drop or two of essential oil.
Always shake the bottle be before spraying on your linen.
Tub & Tile Cleaner
1 /4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup lemon juice
Or 10 drops of lemon essential oil
3 Tablespoons Epsom salt
3 Tablespoons Sal Suds or Castile liquid soap
1/2 cup white vinegar
Pour the vinegar into the bottle, followed by the baking soda and Epsom salt. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Add the Sal suds gently shaking the bottle to combine. Mix all ingredients in a bottle with a sealable lid.
Scrub and then rinse with water and wet clean rag.
3. Start taking a daily Enzymes*
Enzymes were first formulated by Dr Edward Howell (the deceased author of Enzyme Nutrition), with the purpose of digesting away years of accumulation of these large mucoprotein particles or starch-protein conjugates in the intercellular spaces. Digestive enzymes relieve the workload on the pancreas, and free up other reserve enzymes that are needed elsewhere for your body.
Enzymes are produced by the body to help break down the food we eat and they also assist in helping the body to clear toxic-waste buildup in the lymph and in the blood. If you use a proteolytic enzymes between meals will help to “digest” or breakdown organic debris that are moving through the circulatory and lymph systems, while increasing the lymphatic flow. They also help to lighten the load of allergy-like compounds whose only job is to free up your immune system from these traveling bandits. Never take protein digesting enzymes (protease) during pregnancy, high doses of proteases can thin the blood and if you have gastric or duodenal ulcers, gastritis, or suffer irritation or burning sensations in the stomach, stop taking the enzymes and contact your healthcare practitioner. You should always eat food with protease enzymes rather than taking Enzymes on their own. Also since you are eating more good fats than your body is use to consuming, it could take some time for your digestion to adjust to eating AIP keto. Supplementing with digestive enzymes will help your body break down fat to ease you into this transition.
This is a recipe from my latest book.
1/2 of a peeled lemon
1 cup of spinach or romaine lettuce (if you have a thyroid issue go with the romaine)
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
Knob of freshly peeled ginger
1/4 cup of organic blueberries
1 tablespoon MCT oil
1 scoop Collagen Peptides (beef, chicken or MARINE-your choice)
Dash of turmeric
16oz. of filtered water
Blend until smooth, pour over ice and drink with a straw. This is very filling too!
4. Drink equate amounts of clean water*
You’ve heard it before water is life! Make sure you are drinking filtered water and not adding to your toxic burden by ingesting easily absorbed toxins often present in water such as fluoride, chlorine, VOC’s, and more. You can safely consume up to half your body weight in ounces of water a day (160 lbs = 80 ounces of water). I love my Berkey Water Tank!
5. Eating clean*
Let’s talk about eating clean whole nutrient rich foods. The whole reason for this book is to get you to start eating clean. Also, you have to read labels. If you must eat prepacked foods always look for foods that have a short ingredient list and things that are recognizable as actual food. Various chemicals are added like sugars, questionable oils, and sodium. Processed foods are just a cocktail of poisons. Your body has no idea what to do with this processed junk therefore if it can’t dispose of it, it will start storing it in various places. Always avoid soy and if soy is listed as an ingredient. Soy comes in all varieties and are highly processed, high in refined starches, heated oils and again added sugar, salt and low in nutrients and fiber. Oh let’s not fail to mention that soy mimics your hormones and plays a very sneaky trick on your endocrine system.
6. Avoiding Food Allergens*
Many people are unaware that certain foods are actually working against their bodies. You should see a specialist and be tested to ensure you have no food allergies. Your lymphatic system can also be affected by your gut. If your gut is inflamed and not healed this is taxing on your immune system which in return is taxing on your lymphatic system. Consider adding prebiotics and probiotics to help support gut health along with eating properly and avoiding these common food allergens. In this book, you will find all the recipes have been created and catered around these common food allergens along with being Keto. I’ve taken them out. After 1 month you can slowly add some back in and see how you react. This certainly wasn’t an easy task but one that I am most proud of.
Common food allergens that can contribute to an inflamed gut are:
If you allergic to certain foods it is will involve you’re the immune system. You know that your immune system controls how your body defends itself. Your body see’s inflammatory foods as invaders and will kick in your autoimmunity responses. For example if you have a food allergy to cow’s milk, your immune system will see cow’s milk as an invader. In-return your immune system overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction to start fighting for your body. Being tested for food allergies seems to be easiest way to check to see if you have any food allergies so you can start avoiding these foods and help your immune system become strong again.
You can find great inflammation and recipes in my book Beyond the Bite: The Keto Autoimmune Protocol Healing Book for Women.
7. Start Eating Fermented foods
Fermented foods are really great for your immune system and gives your digestive health a must needed boost of ‘good bacteria’.
8. Strengthen Your Gut with a Quality Probiotic
Probiotic supplements are a convenient way to deliver additional beneficial bacteria to the gut because they don’t require any cooking or meal planning.
9. Avoid empty calorie foods
Cakes, cookies, pastries, sodas, cheese, pizza, sports drinks, ice cream, hot dogs and bacon, all contain empty calories. Your body needs fuel and fuel comes from food in the form of calories. Calories let you function and keep doing your everyday activities. Foods with empty calories have lots of calories but very few nutrients like vitamins and minerals.
10. Detox your lifestyle
We are creating a toxic shit storm within our very own bodies. I’m not speaking from a place of Prejudice or judgement because what you do with your life is entirely your call. The real reality is we are damaging our DNA and we are changing our genetic makeup for future generations. These chemicals in our food, beverages, vaccines and pharmaceuticals create a breeding ground for sickness. Have you heard of gene mutation? It’s when the cells are changed by chemicals they are either damaged, lost or copied. These processed foods that are full of man-made chemicals, fluoridated municipal tap water, genetically modified foods, refined oils, herbicides like roundup, Artificial sweeteners, Vaccines and the yearly flu shot – often contain mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and MSG, Pharmaceutical medications and a lot of the Pharmaceutical medications are loaded with fluoride, OTC (over-the-counter) medications for colds, allergies, headaches and fever – often contain heavy metal toxins, artificial sweeteners and toxic industrial-based food dyes. Let’s not forget to mention the over use of antibiotics, antacids, aspirin, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) which completely change the environment in our gut.
Bowel movements is your body’s way to get rid of waste buildup. Don’t worry sometimes people do tend to find themselves constipated. You’ve changed the way you’re eating and for some it might be harder for their body to digest or adjust to this new way of eating.
We have two types of poopers in this world: Type A has their pooping down to a science. They go every day at the same time and usually (if they can help it) in the same toilet. (This is me) Then there’s Type B. This group doesn’t go that often and has no real ritual to its toilet habits. So, you may ask, is one healthier than the other? The answer is no. Everyone is different. There really is no “normal” habit for pooping. The average person poops approximately once a day—about 1 ounce of stool for each 12 pounds of her or his body weight. That means a person weighing 160 pounds produces an average of just under a pound of poop each day. Poop is made up of 75% water the remaining parts are made from a mixture of dead bacteria that helped us to digest our food, living bacteria, protein, indigestible fiber, and waste materials from the liver and intestines. Don’t start to worry if you bathroom habits change. It’s going to happen. We go on vacation & things happen in our lives. As long as your bathroom trips don’t cause pain or discomfort you are pretty much okay. Your digestive system works all day and every day, so it’s okay if you experience changes from time to time. If you have constipation or diarrhea that lasts for longer than weeks at a time or blood in your stool you need to
Check with your doctor.
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Here are a few things you can do to help if you experience constipation.
Eat More Fermented foods- like sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles for probiotic bacteria and prebiotic fiber
Drink more health fats- like olives, avocados
Drink More Water
Add Himalayan Sea Salt to your Water- Salt water can counteract constipation. Add a small dash of salt into a glass of water twice a day. Try this mixture an hour or so before eating on an empty stomach. Important: If you have high blood pressure, don’t try this. You already know you are limited to 1500 milligrams (mgs) of sodium per day.
Add extra blueberries-
Add an extra avocado
Add 1 teaspoon of organic honey
Make sure your eating plenty of low GI vegetables
Add a daily probiotic, prebiotic and digestive enzyme
Drink an extra cup of green tea it’s a natural diuretic
Get out and exercise
Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to your warm water
Make sure your taking a high quality mulit-vitamin-I use Garden of life
12. Address nutritional deficiencies
Having nutritional deficiencies certainly adds gas to the fire. When you are deficient it can aggravate the symptoms: vitamin D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, zinc, copper, vitamin A, the B vitamins, and iodine.
13. Bone Broths
Our digestive system doesn’t absorb food, it absorbs nutrients.
Homemade stock sometimes can resemble a jelly like subtance after being refrigerated. This Stock gelatine has numerous health benefits like idodine, gelatine, calcium, healthy fats and electrolytes that include boosting your immunity and improving digestion. Bone broth is such an exceptional superfood. You can store it up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or freeze it in ice cube trays where I find it really easy to transfer the frozen cubes of broth to a resealable freezer bag where they will keep for 6 months. If you freeze a it in cubes just add a cube to a cup of warm water and it will dissolve. This will give you a fresh cup of stock to drink!
Gut-Healing Vegetable Broth*
12 cups filtered water
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 red onion, peeled and cut in half
1 garlic bulb, peeled and chopped
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger roughly chopped
2 cups of watercress
3-4 cup mixed chopped vegetables and peelings I used carrot peelings, red cabbage, fresh mushrooms, leeks and celery
1/2 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
1/4 of a cup dried wakame seaweed
2 tbsp. ground turmeric
1 tbsp. organic apple cider vinegar
A bunch of fresh parsley
Simply add everything to a large pot. Bring to a boil then simmer, with the lid on, for about an hour.
Once everything has been cooked down, strain the liquid into a large bowl.
14. Are you on a medication that makes you gain weight and kill off your good gut bacteria?
Certain medications, notably steroids, and also some antidepressants, antipsychotics, high blood pressure drugs, allergy medication, birth control, and seizure medications has been linked to adding the extra lbs. to your waistline. Keep in mind we are all different not everybody will experience the same side effects if any with medications. Some medications also kill off our good gut bacteria and allow the bad gut bacteria to flourish.
Don’t ever stop taking any medications without first consulting your doctor. You’re on that medication for a reason and it just may be critical to your health. Please always consult with your doctor so they can try to help you figure out what’s going on but be honest. Don’t go into the doctor’s office saying your gaining weight and you can’t figure it out knowing you had that diet coke & Twinkie for breakfast!
15. Eat more Nutrient Dense Foods
Think about what you’re putting in your body. Either you’re fighting disease or feeding disease. You must get a concept of nutrient density. Many of the foods we tend to eat, block nutrients from being absorbed. Gluten, dairy and soy products create inflammation in the digestive tract. In ancient times grains were prepared by soaking, sprouting and fermenting but that tradition in making them been long forgotten with our fast-paced culture. If you have inflammation in the digestive system undigested proteins leak into the blood stream creating a heightened immune reaction that often makes your thyroid issues worse and can lead to a leaky gut which causes other problems.
16. Reduce your inflammation
Chronic inflammation can spread and have more harmful effects than just one area in your body. Your body can experience things like higher blood pressure , allergies, create autoimmune issues, experience joint pain, cause heart problems, harmful swelling, bone loss, it can lower your iron levels and it just have a negative impact on your entire well-being. Did you know that chronic inflammation can also raise your reverse T3, which means this might be the reason why your hypothyroidism was created in the 1st place. We must get the inflammation under control. Cut out foods like gluten, sugar, refined carbs, fake foods, soy, and vegetable oils and add in fresh whole fruits, healthy fats and fiber. Start creating your own body lotions and cleaning supplies.
17. Relieve Your Stress
Many of us find ourselves in this cycle of so much responsibility that at times it seems impossible to manage. We are over worked and the chronic stress is breaking us down. Chronis stress keeps our cortisol levels elevated. If our cortisol levels are staying elevated, it begins to interfere with many other areas of our body which are the immune system, digestion, sleep, and even the ability to produce other essential hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and YES you named it last but not least our THYROID which can cause an autoimmune reaction. Do you see the cycle?
We must try to begin to tackle our stress and start to manage it.
If you’re having an acute attack of diverticulitis, your doctor may suggest either a low-fiber diet or a clear liquid diet to help relieve your symptoms. They may recommend following one of these diets until you have recovered from inflammation and pain.
Low-fiber foods to consider eating if you have diverticulitis symptoms include:
- no gluten
- no processed foods
- no fruit
- no animal proteins such as fish, poultry, or eggs
- no omega 6 oils which is bad for you anyways
- No lectin foods
Clear liquid diet
A clear liquid diet is a more restrictive approach to relieving diverticulitis symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe it for a short period of time. A clear liquid diet usually consists of:
- ice chips
- ice pops with frozen fruit puree or pieces of finely chopped fruit
- soup broth or stock
- gelatin (such as Jell-O)
- tea or coffee without any creams, flavors, or sweeteners
- clear electrolyte drinks
Other dietary considerations
Be sure to talk with your doctor before making any dramatic dietary changes. After your condition improves, your doctor may recommend slowly adding low-fiber foods back into your diet. Once you no longer have symptoms of diverticulitis, your doctor may suggest that you resume a balanced, higher-fiber diet.
How to start healing diverticulitis?
Probiotics, digestive enzymes, bone broths, ginger, anti-inflammatory foods, clear liquid diet, aloe juice, juicing, healing your gut. Limit your flare-up foods, focusing on foods that are easily digested and listen to your body. Stop abusing your body. No, I am not writing a book on this matter just a small blog but The foods we consume can either be a powerful medicine or a very slow form of poison. – A.L. Childers
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Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.
Prayer for today:
Lord, please help me to get out of my own way so I don’t miss out on the wonderful things you have for me. Help me to remember that your promises are true and you have always and will always provide my every need. Your word says, that you will bless me, exceedingly, abundantly and above all that I can ask or think. I want change, I want to be healthy and I want to learn how to heal my body. I step out on faith and I know you will guide me as I search for the truth. I thank you for wisdom and spiritual guidance.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!
You can find great inflammation and recipes in my book Beyond the Bite: The Keto Autoimmune Protocol Healing Book for Women.
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