This common condition affects about 40 percent of Americans over the age of fifty. A diet consisting of too many refined foods and a lack of fiber lead to a weakened colon wall, with a resultant formation of pouches.

A low-fiber diet also leads to chronic constipation and gas, which worsens the condition. Emotional stress can cause colon spasms, and obesity causes a prolapsed colon structure. If the diet is not improved and emotional stress not addressed, diverticulosis may develop into diverticulitis, with symptoms that include abdominal cramping and pain, distention, diarrhea,and rectal bleeding.

Diverticulosis is the development of multiple small pouches, called diverticula, in the wall of the large intestine. Diverticulitis, a more serious disease, occurs when the small pouches become infected and inflamed.

Symptoms include abdominal cramping, pain, distention, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding.

Dietary considerations
• Add fiber to the diet to prevent constipation.
• Add yogurt.
• Eat lean protein (tofu, seafood, beans, brown rice).
• Eliminate dairy, fatty, fried, or sugary foods.
• Do not eat nuts or seeds.
• Drink plenty of water, six to eight glasses per day.

Supplement support for diverticulosis
• B-complex vitamins
• Magnesium chloride liquid to reduce spasms
• Wild yam capsules
• Evening primrose oil
• L-glutamine
• Echinacea-goldenseal capsules
• L-theanine to reduce stress
• A daily green drink
• Bio-K liquid acidophilus during acute phase, then Kyo-Dophilus capsules daily

Lifestyle choices
• Get regular massage therapy.
• Get regular exercise, perhaps starting with a good walking program.
• Apply a warm castor-oil pack to the abdomen three times weekly.