Diverticulitis is a common form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) caused when small bulging sacs or pouches (called diverticula) form in weak spots in the lining of the colon. Small pieces of food and feces can become trapped in these pouches, most often in the large intestine. These diverticula can then become inflamed and/or infected – causing the bowel condition called diverticulitis.
Diverticulitis is often confused with diverticulosis, which is simply the condition of having diverticula, or pouches. Diverticulosis only turns into diverticulitis if the diverticula become inflamed or infected. About 10 percent of Americans over age 40 have diverticulosis (increasing to about half of all people over 60), but only ten to 25 percent of these people develop both diverticulosis and diverticulitis.
The most common diverticulitis symptom is abdominal pain. Other frequent symptoms of diverticulitis include constipation and/or diarrhea, cramping, bloating, fever, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms of diverticular disease may worsen as the day progresses.
For the best management and treatment of diverticular disease, you may want to vary your diet according to your symptoms. During good times, it’s best to eat a diet that promotes easy digestion and absorption and tones the intestinal wall. But during a diverticulitis flare-up, it’s best to stick to a liquid diet to provide bowel rest, flush the colon, and to prevent a blockage or obstruction. It is also easier to heal intestinal inflammation or infection while on a highly nutritious liquid diet.
Additional natural healing substances like wild oregano oil, aloe vera juice, probiotics and MucosaHeal can be used to eliminate the infection and heal intestinal inflammation during this time.
There are three forms of liquid nutrition that work very well to treat diverticulitis symptoms:
- Raw vegetable juicing – juice primarily vegetables, with only enough fruit added to make them palatable (or sweeten with stevia instead).
- Raw (unpasteurized) cow, goat or camel milk – from pasture-fed animals only (not barn-raised and grain-fed).
- Absorb Plus elemental nutrition and protein shakes
Absorb Plus Elemental Nutrition Liquid Diet
Absorb Plus is probably the easiest way to achieve optimum nutrition on a liquid diet during a flare up of diverticulitis symptoms. Since it was specifically created for people with all forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), it contains many natural healing substances targeted to calm intestinal inflammation and promote mucosal healing.
The whey protein isolate in Absorb Plus is also an alkaline food, so it’s ideal for counteracting the usually hyper-acidic body pH levels of people with gastrointestinal (colon and bowel) problems. If you have heartburn, don’t be surprised if it lessens or disappears after using Absorb Plus regularly – especially if you drink 3 or more shakes a day.
How Much Absorb Plus Should I Take?
If you’re using Absorb Plus during a flare – or when you’re under stress, or likely to develop a diverticulitis flare – you should drink the number of shakes you require for your specific caloric needs each day.
But the number of shakes you need will depend on whether you want to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain your existing weight. So click here to select the dosage instructions that match your weight goals.
How Long Should I Use Absorb Plus?
Ideally, it’s best to stick to only liquid nutrition for the entire duration of your flare-up. For some people, this means three days, for others, it means a few weeks. Since your diverticulitis flare-ups will depend on the severity of your disease, your stress levels, other healing strategies you are using, and your foundational level of health, your healing may be a lot faster – or a lot slower – than someone else’s.
It’s recommended you listen to your own body and stay on Absorb Plus shakes for as long as your infection is acute and you are at risk of a blockage. It’s also best to alternate your Absorb Plus shakes with bone broths (see the Chicken Broth Recipe in the free report below) since the gelatin in the broth is very healing for the gut and the savory soup provides needed taste variety.
When you’re ready to introduce solid foods again, start with pureed foods and soups to gradually ease yourself back into solid foods. You may want to stay on a mix of Absorb Plus shakes and soft foods for an additional week or two, just to be sure you are well over the flare and to give your body the best opportunity for healing.
Ongoing Diet for Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
Sign up for our Diverticulitis Treatment and Relief Report for dietary guidelines to maintain good bowel health, including which foods to eat, which foods to avoid, and the two best dietary changes you can make to improve diverticulosis and diverticulitis symptoms:
“My mother is much improved from her month-long drug resistant diverticulitis flare-up. The Absorb Plus and raw milk and chicken broth seems to have made a huge difference. We are transitioning to more solid foods but need to manage the process wisely.”
“Due to the nature of the disease, I was not able to do my daily activities. It used to be very tough going to the office and working effectively. I learned about Absorb Plus from Jini Patel’s book and started taking 2 Absorb Plus shakes daily. Guess what: Now I feel fresh and have gained some of the weight I lost – Thanks to Absorb Plus. It is little bit pricy but worth the results.”
H.S.., California, USA
“I suffer IBS and diverticulitis and have been in distress for over a month. With using just one jug of Absorb Plus, my tummy feels so much better from the IBS. I’m still working on the left side where the diverticulitis is, but I have ordered my second jug. I am drinking the chocolate royale and it tastes good. Thank you!”
“I received my order and decided to try the Absorb Plus that day because every-time I eat solid foods I end up in excruciating pain. My doctor has decided that I should stay on an elemental diet for now until I see a GI specialist on the 21st of January. The shake mixed up easily with no clumps, I used a blender because I added flax oil to it. I was very surprised that it tasted good. I have tried other elemental products only to decide that I couldn’t stay on an elemental diet because I couldn’t drink the stuff. I am very pleased with the ease of preparation of your product and the taste. My favorite flavor is the French Vanilla.”
P.M., New Jersey, USA
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S.A., Michigan, USA
“I have been using Absorb Plus for the last month as recommended in Jini Patel’s book as a part of the Elemental Diet. I must say the taste & variety provided are fantastic! I was somewhat hesitant since there are only 3 flavours available, but have realized there is quite a bit of variety available especially when experimenting with mixing the flavours and I urge others to do the same!
The shakes (in addition with flax) have been very filling and I have had no cravings! Which was quite surprising since I normally have a voracious appetite. But most importantly my chocolate cravings were satisfied nicely by the Chocolate Royale.
Even my husband who is not on the Elemental Diet has been having shakes as they provide an excellent source of Energy. I haven’t had to change my lifestyle at all, I still have the same amount of energy and am able to go to the gym three times a week, work and take night classes. If anything I think the Absorb Plus shakes have made life easier since there was no need to worry about planning meals, shopping or cooking! And with my busy schedule they provided all the nutrition and calories and energy I need. I would most definitely recommend Absorb Plus to anyone out there who is considering following the elemental diet or just to keep on hand for their daily dose of vitamins! And as I said they’re great as a meal replacement when you’re on the go.
I will certainly continue using Absorb Plus even when I’m done the elemental diet for nutrition!! Thank you for a great product!”
G.M., Alberta, Canada
“I may be biased because I formulated it, but, I’ve used Absorb Plus to both gain weight and as a daily supplement shake. It’s really handy for me because I can’t swallow pills, so I just empty all my supplements into a shake each day (Berry Fusion is my favorite flavor) add flax oil, and it’s a tasty way to get superb nutrition every day.
I’m now pregnant with my second child and I have one every morning with all my prenatal supplements as well. Having drunk other protein shakes and mixes for years, you can’t even compare the taste difference. Most of the others are really nasty tasting and I’ve had to force myself to drink them.
Absorb Plus actually tastes good! In fact, I find myself craving it and my 2 year old son often asks for a ‘milkshake’. Which reminds me, it’s great to use for kids so you don’t worry if they haven’t eaten much that day, or when they’re sick. You just whip up 1/2 a shake with flax oil (I put extra Vitamin C in calcium ascorbate form in it if he’s sick to boost his immune system) and he thinks he’s getting a special treat. Again, this works, because the product tastes so good!”
J Patel Thompson, B.C., Canada