This health news roundup discusses digestive problems including diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, colon polyps, and colon detox. Digestive woes are a big issue, especially around the holidays when we are deviating from our diets. Below you will discover diverticulitis home remedies, natural treatments for ulcerative colitis, the benefits of eating walnuts for your colon, and other tips to keep your digestive system and colon healthy.
Diverticulitis is inflammation of diverticula, bulges or pockets that form in the intestines or colon. For some patients, diverticulitis may be asymptomatic, and some may experience symptoms like abdominal pain and bloating. In severe case of diverticulitis, a patient may have a high fever, severe abdominal pain, as well as diarrhea or frequent bowel movements.
Diverticulitis is common in aging population. With age, intestines become weaker. The pressure of hard stools against the intestinal walls is what is thought to cause the formation of diverticula. A low-fiber diet can trigger diverticulitis, too, as it slows down bowel mobility.
The good news is, diverticulitis can be effectively addressed with home remedies. Continue reading…
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and treatment for the condition depends on its severity. A combination of both medical and natural remedies can benefit patients with ulcerative colitis, with diet in particular playing a large role.
Common treatment options for ulcerative colitis include medication, combination therapy, which mixes two types of treatments together, changes in diet and nutrition, and, lastly, surgery – when medications are not successful or complications arise.
Ulcerative colitis symptoms can vary from person to person and may respond differently to different treatment methods. Symptoms may respond well to antidiarrheal medications, enemas, suppositories with medication, anti-inflammatory medications, steroid medications, and changes to diet. Working closely with your doctor can help you choose the proper treatment that will offer you the greatest success. Continue reading…
Eating walnuts may reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and prostate cancer, as well as improve colon health, according to different studies. The Connecticut-based research center conducted a study among 46 adults aged 30 to 75. All of the participants were overweight with BMIs greater than 25. Men had waist circumferences larger than 40 inches, and women had waist circumference larger than 35 inches. The study group was also at risk for developing metabolic syndrome, a precursor to more serious disorders like cardiovascular conditions and diabetes.
The 46 participants were divided and assigned two different diets: the first group was assigned a diet of their own choosing that included walnuts, while the second group consumed a diet without walnuts. Those that followed the diet containing walnuts were given no more than 56 grams of walnuts – unroasted and shelled – to consume per day. This group showed a marked improvement in their endothelial function, despite being overweight or obese. While adding the walnuts to their regular diet didn’t lead to weight loss, it did increase vasodilation in the brachial artery. It also helped to improve their systolic blood pressure, thereby reducing their risk of cardiovascular disorder. Continue reading…
Colon polyps are small clumps of cells that form in the lining of the colon. Usually, colon polyps are harmless, but sometimes they can be indicative of a more serious condition such as colon cancer.
Colon polyps can develop at any age, but are most commonly found in those over 50. Even if colon polyps do not cause any symptoms, monitoring is still important because they can be safely removed during their early stage.
There are three types of colon polyps: adenomatous, serrated, and inflammatory.
The most common form accounting for two-thirds of cases, adenomatous polyps are quite unlikely to become cancerous, though the risk albeit slim is still present. Continue reading…
A colon detox – or colon cleansing – is often recommended as a way of ridding the colon of toxins and lingering waste, undigested foods and mucus that have not been expelled from the body. A buildup of toxins and waste in the colon can cause weight gain and feeling sluggish, among other symptoms.
The colon is your body’s waste management facility. The end products of all detoxification processes in your body will eventually end up in the colon to be expelled. When this waste is not properly expelled, it stays in the colon, leading to health problems. Continue reading…