Dr Oz: Diverticulosis Warning Signs
According to Dr Oz, 2/3 of Americans will develop diverticulosis over their lifetime. Some of the warning signs of this disease include bloating, cramping and constipation. Dr Oz brought up audience member, Leslie, who stated that her friend was diagnosed with this disease. Her friend had an issue with constipation and went to the doctor, where she was diagnosed. Dr Oz stated that a colonoscopy was usually done in order to diagnose this condition.
Doctor Oz pulled out the purple gloves. Underneath the sheet, he showed a normal colon. Dr Oz says holes, or pockets, are formed in the colon at the onset of diverticulosis. When the pellets got stuck inside the pockets, they can push through and pop out the back. Bleeding may occur as the feces gathers inside the intestinal walls. Dr Oz removed another sheet and showed an image of a colon with full-blown diverticulosis. This colon was slightly darker in color was was shriveled up. (Yuck!)
Dr Oz: Diverticulosis Home Remedies
To demonstrate how this worked, Dr Oz used a large glass beaker labeled, “colon”. At the bottom of the glass beaker was a substance labeled as “poop”. Dr Oz poured a liquid, labeled as “fiber” into the colon glass beaker. It promptly erupted and spilled out over the beaker. This was what happened when you add too much fiber to your diet too quickly. Although you want fiber in your diet, the plan is to add it gradually so you don’t have those spill overs.
Dr Oz: Diverticulosis Fiber
1. Take 25 g of fiber per day. Start with 10 g per day and increase up to 25 g.
-Bowl of bran cereal contains 10 g
-1/2 C broccoli
-Apple contains 4 g
Dr Oz Diverticulosis Nuts, Seeds & Popcorn
2. Eat nuts, seeds and popcorn—it will help your colon. It used to be feared that these small foods would actually get stuck inside the pockets of the colon, but new studies suggest that they do not, so eat away.
Dr Oz Diverticulosis Red Meat
3. Limit red meats to 1-2 2x a week. Too much red meat impacts on the walls of the digestive system.