As one of the most common health problems in the Western world, diverticular disease refers to a group of conditions affecting the digestive tract. Formations or pouches known as diverticula are the key component to diverticulitis and appear most often in the colon (large intestine).
Diverticulosis is when the pouches are present but are not inflamed. Diverticulitis is the most serious condition of diverticula disease, presenting swollen and infected diverticula. Many people underestimate the effects that poor digestion and bowels can have on their lifestyle, often causing fatigue, poor immunity, reduced nutrient absorption and even depression. At Capalaba Natural Health, we aim to alleviate your pain as soon as possible to prevent further issues and ensure it does not drive other symptoms. Once we identify the underlying drivers of your condition we can help implement a plan designed to reduce your immediate symptoms and restore your ongoing digestive health. Our digestive health practitioners are experts in gut health and naturopathy, providing natural and organic solutions to ease your pain and improve your digestive health.
Causes of Diverticulitis
While diverticulosis is extremely common with over half of people aged 70+ having the condition, diverticulitis is less common and much more severe. Diverticulitis occurs when a small puncture appears in the diverticula or faecal matter becomes lodged in the pouches and causes inflammation or infection. Studies have shown that the disease is less common in Asia and Africa compared to western countries such as Europe, Australia and America. This leads researchers to believe that Stress and a western diet plays a role in the development of diverticula.
Discovery of these facts points toward low-fibre diets being a leading cause due to the harder stool consistency leading to more pressure used to push them along and pass them. Research also shows that genetics may play a role and that vegetarians are less likely to develop the condition. There are also studies that suggest lack of exercise, smoking and some medications may lead to the disease.
Symptoms of Diverticulitis
Due to diverticular disease consisting of a range of conditions, it’s important to know the differences between the afflictions. Though diverticulosis is usually asymptomatic, it may affect the way your bowel works, resulting in:
- Abdominal pain and bloating
- Constipation and diarrhoea
- Blood in your stool
Diverticulitis on the other hand causes painful and uncomfortable symptoms and can be classed as a medical emergency. If the pouches retain faeces and become infected, common symptoms
- Rectal bleeding
- Changes in bowel habit
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea, feeling sick and/or vomiting
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Fever or high temperature
- Left-sided abdominal pain
Diverticulitis can be a very serious condition, with many suffers being hospitalised, and can go on to develop complications. It is therefore important to start supporting you digestive system through diet, eliminating food intolerances and using natural remedies designed specifically for digestive support.
Capalaba Natural Health Diverticulitis Treatment
Offering experienced and science-based services, advice and natural therapies to all clients from the Redlands Bayside region, Capalaba Natural Health offer natural therapy solutions for those suffering from an acute or chronic illness. With the relevant qualifications and the dedication to developing their clinical expertise regularly, the team at Capalaba Natural Health are passionate about natural medicine and improving client health.
Treating Diverticulitis generally focuses on relieving any symptoms you may be experiencing through a changed diet, eliminating Food Intolerances and providing natural remedies designed to reduce pain and inflammation in the gut. This approach has helped many people suffering from Diverticulitis achieve the relief they are seeking. For maintaining your improvements long term we recommend that you look at maintaining good gut health through eating a healthy diet which also eliminates your food intolerances. We also believe that by doing some gut repair and improving the quality of the gut microbiome will help you achieve considerable improvements in your digestive health and diverticulitis symptoms. After all, the gut is the seat of your good health … so it’s important to look after it well.
Diverticulitis Service Areas
Based in Capalaba, our client services extend throughout the entire Redland Bayside region. Our staff and qualified naturopaths have over 12 years experience in the industry and are here to assist in improving your overall well-being. With consultations that consider you as a whole and not just your symptoms along with thorough, non-invasive testing, we have built a reputable foundation for unparalleled service. To ensure the best and most comfortable service for our clients, we have specially trained naturopaths to help with diverticulitis in:
- Redland Bay
- Victoria Point
- Alexandra Hills
- Wellington Point
Founded over 12 years ago by award-winning naturopath, Tony Daniel, Capalaba Natural Health has established itself as a leading natural health and naturopathy service provider in the Redlands Bayside region. Committed to providing long-term results that improve the lifestyle of our clients in Thorneside, Birkdale, Chandler, Wellington Point, Alexandra Hills and more, the team at Capalaba Natural Health are proud to offer an unparalleled service that will reduce the effects of diverticulitis and increase your vitality.
Book your consultation now to start living a healthier life on (07) 3823 3103.