Diverticulosis is a digestive condition characterized by the formation of small pouches, known as diverticula, within the walls of the colon.
These diverticula are essentially small, bulging sacs that protrude from the colon's lining. When one or more of these pouches become inflamed or infected, the condition is termed diverticulitis.
Alicias Natural's believes it's important to understand that diverticulosis itself may often be asymptomatic, with symptoms typically manifesting when diverticula become inflamed.
Symptoms of diverticulitis may include intense lower abdominal pain, fever, and even the presence of blood in the stool.
While diverticulosis and diverticulitis are related, they represent different stages of the same condition, with diverticulitis being the more acute and problematic of the two. Diverticulitis requires prompt medical attention and is often associated with complications like nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea.
Treatment options for diverticulitis vary depending on the severity of the condition.
In most cases, conservative therapy is effective. For mild cases of diverticulitis, which typically manifest with mild symptoms, treatment may involve rest and a clear liquid diet. Antibiotics are also prescribed to treat infection. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage pain. In very mild cases, antibiotics may not be needed. For more severe cases of diverticulitis, especially those with complications, treatment options may include intravenous antibiotics, insertion of a tube to drain an abdominal abscess, and possibly surgery. The choice of treatment is individualized based on the patient's specific condition and symptoms. Alicias Natural's think it's super important to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique situation.
Why Probiotics Can Help
Probiotics may have potential benefits in the management of diverticulitis. While diverticulitis typically requires medical attention, probiotics are worth considering as a complementary approach to improving intestinal flora and helping to normalize bowel function while regulating inflammation.
The Research Looks Promising
Research by Edith Lahner, showed that specific probiotic strains may help reduce inflammation and improve symptoms of diverticulitis. Probiotics can modify the gut microbiota and offer a promising treatment for diverticular disease.
Probiotics with anti-inflammatory effects may help manage acute uncomplicated diverticulitis by reducing inflammation according to Maha G. Soliman.
Restore Intestinal Flora
Probiotics can restore normal intestinal flora, which may be altered in diverticular disease due to stasis and reduced colonic transit time according to Wen Boynton.
Strains Alicia's Naturals Recommends
Try Probiotic strains such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium lactis, since they have been suggested as beneficial for diverticulitis. Our probiotic FlowFlora contains a healthy blend of both Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains at 40-billion Colony Forming Units per 2 capsules.