Dr Oz did an entire segment on Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis. What is the difference between Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis? And if you have Diverticulitis, can you still eat seeds, nuts, and popcorn? Doctor Oz covered lots of the latest information about Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis!
Dr Oz: Diverticulosis
Dr Oz said that if you have ever had stomach cramping, constipation, or nausea, it could be a symptom of something more than you think – it could be a fatal bulge in your bowel called Diverticulosis, which is the hallowing out of the inside of the colon. When you have an increased pressure in your colon or you strain to poop, the lining can get weak and a hole can form where poop can get stuck.
Dr Oz: Difference Between Diverticulitis & Diverticulosis
Dr Oz said that in Diverticulosis, you have the out-pouches that form in your colon and about half of the people in America who are over 60 have this. Diverticulitis is what happens when those out-pouches get inflamed and infected by poop getting stuck in them. The trapped fecal material can cause pressure, cramping, nausea, constipation, and all kinds of unpleasant side effects. Dr Oz’s Assistant-of-the-Day felt how the walls of the outpouches are much thinner. Dr Oz said that Diverticulitis was not even described until the early 1900’s, which is around the time when processed foods became widely available and fiber became less prevalent in our diets.
Dr Oz: How To Prevent Diverticulitis with Fiber
Dr Oz said that you can prevent Diverticulitis by getting enough fiber in your diet. You need 25 grams of fiber per day, and the average American woman only gets 10-12 grams per day. You can take fiber supplements or eat fiber-rich foods like apples, broccoli, beans, quinoa, and grains. Dr Oz said that you also have to drink a lot of water with the fiber so that the poop can pass through easier – otherwise, it is like squeezing the toothpastte tube from the middle.
Dr Oz: Are Nuts & Seeds Bad For Diverticulitis & Diverticulosis?
Dr Oz said that doctors used to say that you should avoid seeds, nuts, and popcorn if you have Diverticulitis, but Dr Oz said that recent studies have found that they are not a problem. Dr Oz suggested eating them because they are a good source of fiber and, when you eat a cashew nut, it is not like you get an entire cashew nut passing through your system because you chew it all up anyway during the digestive process.
Dr Oz’s final suggestion if you have Diverticulitis is to keep a Food Diary and write down the foods that trigger your symptoms so that you can become a detective and help to cure yourself!