The Alkaline Diet and Diverticulitis

The alkaline diet can be helpful for many conditions, including the gastrointestinal complaint known as diverticulitis. Since this condition affects the digestive tract, it makes sense that the foods you eat can either exacerbate or help to reduce the symptoms associated with diverticulitis. But just what is diverticulitis, anyway? This condition begins with a sound-alike condition called diverticulosis, in which swollen pouches form inside the large intestine, or bowel. When these pouches become infected, the painful result is called diverticulitis.

Instead of taking drugs, which often come with unwanted side effects, many people are turning to the alkaline diet as a natural way to treat this condition. Besides, it just makes sense to address the problem at its root, which relates to the foods we eat, rather than trying to “cover it up” with a prescription drug. The alkaline diet can also have a number of surprising side effects, but in contrast to prescription drugs, these side effects are positive: Healthy weight loss, increased energy, and improved overall health.

Diverticulitis may not seem to have much to do with weight loss, but is it really surprising that all sorts of things start to happen when you eat the alkaline diet that nature intended? Like diverticulitis, obesity is one of the diseases of civilization, which come about when we deviate from a healthy alkaline diet and a proper level of physical activity. The alkaline diet is not simply designed to resolve one specific condition. On the contrary, it is a holistic way of eating designed to maximize overall health. As such, the alkaline diet is appropriate for people who are attempting to overcome chronic health problems, as well as those who are basically healthy, but would like to experience increased energy and lose a few pounds at the same time.

You may not realize it, but a low alkaline diet contributes to many chronic health problems. When you follow a healthy alkaline diet, your health improves in numerous ways. Treat your body to an alkaline diet, and your body will respond with natural energy and improved vitality. If you value your health, it is vital that you adopt a diet that is generally alkaline. Does this mean that you need to eliminate all acidifying foods from your diet? No. It just means that you need to eat more alkalizing foods than acidifying ones. To be more specific, many alkaline diet experts recommend that you eat at least 65% alkalizing foods, and a maximum of 35% acidifying foods. However, if you are attempting to recover from serious health problems, it may be necessary for the time being to move even further toward a highly alkaline diet. For example, as much as 80% of your diet might need to be alkaline.

Eliminating excess acid is a major help when it comes to staying healthy. Acid build-up is a common cause of health problems, some minor but nonetheless irritating, and some serious, even life-threatening. The combination of the soothing effect of the alkaline diet and the higher levels of soluble and insoluble fiber that this diet naturally includes can help to relieve the symptoms of diverticulitis. If you do not currently suffer from diverticulitis, this same diet can help ensure that this problem never happens to you. But if you are following the standard American diet, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you are immune. Diverticulitis, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and other gastrointestinal problems are extremely common in the West, but far less so in rural Africa and other places where people still eat a traditional alkaline diet. In addition to being very unpleasant, gastrointestinal problems can also contribute to worse overall health. After all, the gastrointestinal system is responsible for taking your food, extracting all of the nutritional value, and eliminating the rest. As you can see, keeping your digestive system working well is vital for overall health.

Despite what you may think, acid alkaline diets do not have to be overly restrictive. It doesn’t require you to give up all of your favorite foods, even if, like most people, you tend to eat foods that are highly acidifying. No, the alkaline diet is about moderation and balance. You don’t need to give up acid foods altogether. You just need to alter the ratio of acid-forming to alkaline-forming elements: in other words, eating more alkalizing foods and fewer acidifying ones, until you achieve the perfect pH balance. Drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy amount of natural fiber will both help to improve the health of your gastrointestinal system.

It is not known exactly how the pouches are formed during the development of diverticulosis, but many experts believe that a poor diet is involved. Specifically, when people consume a diet that is lacking in fiber, they often fail to eliminate properly, and may have to strain to pass stools. These stresses can cause the large intestine to develop weaknesses, which can develop into diverticulosis. In turn, these pouches can become infected, leading to the condition of diverticulitis.

The alkaline diet is not just for gastrointestinal problems, but it can certainly improve digestive health because it is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, as well as complex carbohydrates, which feed beneficial bacteria in the gut, helping to maintain a healthy internal environment and keeping bad bugs at bay. Your body is its own best protector against illness. It just needs the right raw ingredients in order to create a state of ideal health.

Isn’t it worthwhile to find a natural way to improve your health, lose weight, gain energy, and resolve nagging health problems? Instead of going through life popping over-the-counter painkillers, antiacids, and antibiotics, why not get to the root of common health problems by adopting a healthy alkaline diet and lifestyle? No two people need to have exactly the same way of life–that would be boring! But we all need the same essential elements of a healthy lifestyle, namely, an alkaline diet, regular exercise, and stress management, which can take the form of positive psychology, social interaction, meditation, or spiritual practice.

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