Patient Name : Diverticulitis

Are you or a loved one suffering from diverticulitis ?  Are you currently prescribed Ciprofloxacin (or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole) and Metronidazole? Or perhaps Moxifloxacin ?  Maybe you were also prescribed Tramadol for your pain? 


Cipro XR (ciprofloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic used to treat different types of bacterial infections and comes in a extended-release tablets.

+ Happy Fact : majority of commercially produced antibiotics are made by bacteria, fungi, and a bit of chemistry - or synthetically altered in a lab.

Common Side Effects from Ciprofloxacin :

Nausea and vomiting 
Blurred Vision
Agitation, or
Trouble sleeping (insomnia or nightmares)

Cipro may cause swelling or tearing of (or rupture) a tendon.  Ciprofloxacin can also have serious side effects on your nerves, and also may cause permanent nerve damage.

- Signs Of Tendon Rupture : sudden pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, stiffness, movement problems, or a snapping or popping sound in any of your joints (rest the joint until you receive medical care or instructions). 

- Nerves Symptoms : numbness, tingling, burning pain, or being more sensitive to temperature, light touch or the sense of your body position. 

- Side Effects On Liver : there is increasing evidence from case studies that ciprofloxacin may cause severe liver damage. 

+ Click here for more information on Ciprofloxacin.


Ultram (tramadol) is a pain reliever (analgesic) used to treat moderately severe pain in adults, available as 50 mg oral tablets. 

Common Side Effects from Tramadol :

Seizures (convulsions)
Skin rashes
Spinning sensations
Fast heart rate
Overactive reflexes
Nausea and vomiting
Upset stomach
Loss of coordination
Drowsiness, and

*Tramadol may interact with other drugs including monoamine oxidase inhibitors and other antidepressant medications.

Side Effects On Liver : Tramadol overdose can cause acute liver failure. 

Now as I always say, "There is NO chemical solution to an organic problem." In saying that, lets dive into...

What Is Diverticulitis 

The terms diverticulosis, diverticulitis, and diverticular disease are often used interchangeably.

- Diverticulosis only refers to the presence of pouches in the colon. 

- Diverticulitis refers to the presence of inflammation and infection within the pouches.  It is when the pouches along the colon become blocked with fecal matter, allowing bacteria to flourish, that this can result in infection and inflammation.  The inner layer of your intestine pushes through weak spots in the outer lining.  This pressure makes them bulge out, making little pouches.  Most often it happens in your colon, the lower part of your large intestine.

- Diverticular disease refers to the full onset of symptoms related to these conditions. 

The root causes of these conditions stem from :

A low-fiber diet (less than 30g per day)

An imbalance in intestinal flora

Food sensitivities and intolerances

Lack of exercise 

Symptoms of diverticulosis include :

Almost no symptoms occur with diverticulosis, only the presence of pouches or sacs along the walls of the colon which are discovered by a series of tests performed by your doctor. (colonoscopy, etc)

*Some may experience lower abdominal discomfort, constipation, and bloating.

Symptoms of diverticulitis include :

Change in bowel habits
Mild abdominal pain that gets worse over time
Nausea and vomiting
Rectal bleeding
Sudden pain that can be severe in the lower left side of the abdomen 
Tenderness in the lower abdomen

*The symptoms of diverticulitis flare up usually include a number of the above.

What Causes It : 

Doctors still are not sure.  Some think muscle spasms or strain (like when you have a bowel movement) make pressure build in your colon and push against the lining. 
Many experts believe not eating enough fiber - which is found in many fruits and vegetables, grains, and beans - led to diverticulosis.  

Other risk factors for developing diverticulitis include :

A diet high in red meat and fat and low in fiber

Certain medications including the use of Non-sterodial Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs); ex. ibuprofen, naproxen

Lack of physical activity or a sedentary lifestyle



So with looking at the prescriptions meant for this condition, their side effects matched with the symptoms of the ailment... it seems there are NATURAL, BETTER, and SAFER OPTIONS. 


When it comes to cannabis-indica, cannabis-sativa, or the blends of the genetics you need to instead of paying attention to the strain types and names, but rather pay attention to their compounds.  The different compounds in each strain of cannabis can aid in a variety of different ailments.  Make sure to look for the lab test and levels of the compounds when choosing a strain that's right for you. 
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Best known for its anti-seizure effects, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound being studied for a wide range of conditions.

A minor cannabinoid most abundant in live cannabis.  Being studied for its neurogenic and anti-bacterial effects. 

Sedating, slightly psychoactive compound being researched primarily as a treatment for insomnia. 

+ Keep this information in mind when choosing your cannabis or cannabis medicine. 



This condition is much more common now than it was 100 years ago.  Not like EVERY CONDITION is now much more common.  Many doctors believe our modern diet - which features lots of refined carbs and keeps you from getting enough fiber - plays the biggest role in whether you get it. I personally believe that the shift in Western diet to processed foods and away from natural foods with over the last century are to blame for the emergence of diverticulitis/diverticulosis. In saying that, to go along with 'Green Science', is the amazing thing that FOOD IS INCLUDED ! "You Are What You Eat" cannot be a truer statement.  The natural food we consume is loaded with exactly the compounds our bodies feed off of to combat issues of the human mind and body.  If you are looking for a #PlantsNotPills solution to your conditions, I have listed below a few different produce to pay extra attention to on your next trip to the market.  *WARNING : Processed Food NOT Included. (:


If you're experiencing severe symptoms from diverticulitis, you need to begin a liquid-only diet to help flush out the diverticula so that they can heal.  This includes :

Fruit juices


Ice pops

Fresh ginger broth or tea
*can also can greatly help settle the gut and reduce inflammation in the bowels. Strong ginger teas or broth, 3 times a day.

Then after severe symptoms have subsided, you can begin slowly incorporating easily digestible foods like pureed fruits and steamed vegetables. 

Foods That Help With Diverticulitis, Diverticulosis, 

and Diverticular Disease

High Fiber Foods

There are many studies that show that eating fiber-rich foods can control diverticular symptoms. Fiber softens and adds bulk to stools, helping them pass more easily through the colon.  It also reduces pressure in the digestive tract. 

The main goal is keep the pockets from causing problems. High-fiber diet or fiber supplements. Fiber-rich foods reduce gas and pain in your stomach. 

Younger Than Age 50

Women - aim for 25 grams of fiber daily.  
Men - aim for 38 grams of fiber daily.  

Older Than Age 50

Women - aim for 21 grams daily.  
Men - aim for 30 grams daily. 

Fiber Food, serving size : Fiber per serving (grams)

Beans, 1/2 cup cooked (such as pinto to kidney beans) : 6 to 9 grams

Soybeans, 1/2 cup cooked : 4 to 5 grams

Bran ready-to-eat cereal, 1/3 cup : 3 to 9 grams

Pear : 5 

Green peas, 1/2 cup cooked : 4

Prunes, 1/2 cup stewed : 4

Apple with skin, large : 4

Greens (such as spinach, collard greens), 1/2 cup cooked : 3

Banana, 1 medium : 3

Orange, 1 medium : 3

Baked potato with skin, small : 3

Winter squash, 1/2 cup cooked : 3

Broccoli, 1/2 cup cooked : 3

Spinach, 1/2 cup cooked : 3

Here are a few fiber-rich foods to include in meals:

Whole-grain breads

Whole grain or vegetable pastas (no to low wheat pastas)

Bran ready-to-eat cereals 

Beans (kidney beans and black beans, for example)

Fresh fruits (apples, pears, prunes)

Vegetables (squash, potatoes, peas, spinach)

+ Drinking enough water and other fluids throughout the day will also help prevent constipation. I can NOT stress enough, many people do not drink enough water.  Our bodies are made up of over 65% water, the type of water you intake and the amount are crucial to overall wellness.

Probiotics :  Research is still being done on how probiotics, live bacteria that live in your stomach and intestines, can help fight diverticulosis symptoms.  

Helps to lower blood sugar.  Mushrooms chemical properties oppose insulin, which helps lower blood sugar levels, evening out your mood.  They are also like a probiotic as that they promote healthy gut bacteria.  The nerve cells in our guts manufacture 80-90% of our body's serotonin, the critical neurotransmitter that keeps us sane. 
+ "Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are naturally found in the intestinal flora or the microorganisms living in the lining of your gut.  They are known as "good bacteria" because they keep your gut healthy. These microorganisms work with the gut in a way of decreasing the amount of "bad" bacteria , replenishing the "good" bacteria, restoring a favorable bacterial balance, stimulating the immune system. *FDA doesn't approve of any health claims for probiotics." - Wikipedia Definition Quoted

Its been claimed that probiotics can help treat a wide range of ailments: 

- treat gastrointestinal problems including diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease. 

- prevent tooth decay or treat oral health problems

- improve brain function

- lower cholestrol 

- prevent allergies

- protect against bacterial infection

- lower blood pressure 

- prevent urinary tract infection (UTI)

- prevent yeast infection

- improve psoriasis or eczema symptoms

- help chronic fatigue syndrome

Foods with Probiotics : yogurt, juices, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, kimchi, soy drinks, pickles. 

Foods to avoid when having diverticulitis and diverticulosis are all hard to digest foods, for example :

Corn, and corn products (corn syrup, corn bread etc.)

What really helps for overall wellness : 

+ Eat a balanced diet with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables. 
+ Eat more fresh foods and zero processed foods.
+ Make sure the calories you consume provide as much nutrition as possible (that means no junk).
+ Maintain a healthy weight.

Diets high in fiber and rich in raw fruits, vegetables, legumes, and lean proteins are your best bet for feeling good- Get Healthy, Got Happy! 

This concludes "Plants NOT Pills Patient Name: Diverticulitis".  If this article was informative, please #share to your page or to a loved one.  
Stay Healthy, Stay Happy !

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I love you ! - Edible Dee

The Sources Show How Deep The Rabbit Hole Goes...
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: "Understanding Diverticulosis." 
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis"


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