Diverticular disease is common in developed or industrialised countries—particularly the United States, England, and Australia—where low-fibre diets are common. The disease is rare in countries of Asia and Africa, where people eat high-fibre vegetable diets.
Diverticulitis occurs when diverticula become infected or inflamed. Doctors are not certain what causes the infection. It may begin when stool or bacteria are caught in the diverticula. An attack of diverticulitis can develop suddenly and without warning.
The Diverticular Pack comprises one bottle of Custom Probiotics CP-1 and one bottle of Immunecare Lactoferrin Xtra.
The use of a natural antibiotic such as Lactoferrin is an obvious choice to keep the colon healthy. Lactoferrin is a first line defensive protein that lines the mucosal membranes of the body, including the gut mucosa. Its job is to keep bad bacteria and pathogens under control, especially in the gut, so it is a natural answer to reducing infections in the gut.
Probiotics will also reduce the risk of periods of infection in the colon due to their antibiotic effect. Beneficial bacteria produce a number of antibiotic compounds that kill off bad bacteria and yeast organisms, thereby reducing the ongoing risk of infection in diverticular pockets. A high count probiotic such as CP-1 is ideal for this role.
Most people with diverticulosis do not have any discomfort or symptoms. However, symptoms may include mild cramps, bloating, and constipation. Other diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and stomach ulcers cause similar problems, so these symptoms do not always mean a person has diverticulosis. You should visit your doctor if you have these troubling symptoms.
Many people have small pouches in their colon that bulge outward through weak spots, like an inner tube that pokes through weak places in a tyre. Each pouch is called a diverticulum; pouches (plural) are called diverticula. The condition of having diverticula is called diverticulosis. The condition becomes more common as people age. About half of all people over the age of 60 have diverticulosis, and of these, around 90% are asymptomatic.
Although not proven, the dominant theory is that a low-fibre diet is the main cause of diverticular disease. The disease was first noticed in the United States in the early 1900s.