Diverticulitis, also called diverticulosis, is a condition in which pouches form in the walls of the colon and digestive tract. Bacteria develop in these pouches, causing inflammation and pain. Doctors are not yet sure what causes diverticulitis, but it is widely believed that it may be due to a lack of fiber in your diet. Without fiber to add bulk to your stool, your colon has to work harder than it normally does to push the stool forward. The pressure from this may cause the pouches to form in the weakest spots along your colon. Fortunately, you can minimize your risk by making use of the following home remedies for diverticulitis. Many of them can also bring relief when a diverticulitis attack is already in progress.

1. Take Probiotics

Probiotics are what is known as “good bacteria,” and your stomach and intestines need this type of bacteria to stay in good working order. The amount of this good bacteria in your gut drops during periods of extreme stress or after taking antibiotics to cure an infection. Since these healthy bacteria are great at keeping potentially dangerous bacteria in check, they may help to get rid of any microbes causing inflammation at the edges of diverticular pouches. Try including fermented foods in your diet, such as yogurt, sour cabbage or buttermilk. You can also find other foods and multi-vitamins that have been fortified with probiotics.