Kirk’s #GoVeggies 31-Day Challenge, Day 14: A Fix For Diverticulitis?

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If you’ve ever known anyone with diverticulitis (which is a gastrointestinal disease characterized by inflammation of abnormal pouches that can develop in the wall of the large intestine), you know how devastating of a condition it could be. It can produce abdominal cramps and pain, bloody stool, fever, constipation and nausea. 

There was a lady I’ve known for years who was afflicted by diverticulitis for more than 15 years. She was in her 60s and had even been admitted to the hospital for it numerous times. 

Her eating regimen was the SAD (Standard American Diet), with bacon and eggs daily for breakfast. After that start to the day, she was off and running with more meat products and processed food throughout the rest of the day. Her diet had her averaging two bowel movements a week!

“It just won’t come out,” she told me.   

I suggested that she change her diet to get the “waste” out of her body on a regular basis.  I suggested only fruit in the morning and a salad for lunch. I told her she could have her beloved bacon and eggs for dinner if she cared to. 

After fruit and salad for only three days, she felt her bowels loosening up and she began to feel better. In fact, she was becoming so “regular” that she thought she had diarrhea.  Happily, we both laughed about that!

It’s amazing what a simple change in diet can do. Inclusion of fresh vegetation seems like a “miracle cure” for many people suffering from debilitating digestive disorders, but it’s actually biology 101. If you give the human body fiber rich, natural, unprocessed food, it responds with superior digestion. 

Sometimes a miracle is simply giving your body what it wants.

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