When small pouches in the walls of the colon and digestive tract -- diverticula -- become infected and inflamed from collected bacteria, doctors may diagnose diverticulitis. Though the specific cause of diverticulitis is not yet clear, many doctors believe a lack of dietary fiber could play a role. Without fiber to add bulk to bowel movements, the colon must work harder to push the stool forward. This pressure may cause diverticula to form in the weakest spots of the colon. Fortunately, many home remedies can alleviate or even help prevent diverticulitis.
Probiotics are good bacteria, and our stomach and intestines need them to stay healthy. When we experience periods of extreme stress or take antibiotics, the number of good bacteria in our bodies decreases. This can cause many issues including allowing inflammation-causing microbes to collect in the diverticula. Eating fermented foods such as yogurt, sour cabbage, and buttermilk can replenish depleted stores of probiotics.
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