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Eating For Appendicitis
We had a question the other day about appendicitis.
Appendicitis is inflammation of your appendix, an organ opening into the first part of your large intestine.
For many years, the appendix was believed to serve no function, but this is no longer the belief.
In the fetus, the appendix contains endocrine cells to make hormones and other important body chemicals.
In young adults, the appendix is believed to play a part in the immune system.
It’s involved in the maturation of white blood cells and helps make antibodies.
Appendicitis is mainly caused by improper diet.
It can be either acute or chronic.
Most cases involve a blockage of your large intestine due to not enough fiber in your diet.
This blockage stops the natural flow of fluids, which makes it easy for harmful bacteria to grow in your intestinal tract, resulting in inflammation of your appendix.
Appendicitis is rare in children under the age of 2.
It peaks between the ages of 15 and 24.
The risk of developing appendicitis increases after a recent illness.
Symptoms include severe abdominal pain beginning close to your navel and moving toward your right lower abdomen.
Taking deep breaths, coughing, sneezing, moving, or being touched in this area makes the pain worse.
Frequently, nausea and vomiting accompany these symptoms, with the pain becoming persistent.
Other symptoms may include diarrhea, abdominal swelling (in late stages), mild fever (usually less than 102 degrees Fahrenheit), an elevated white blood cell count, constipation, inability to pass gas, painful urination, and blood in your urine.
Acute appendicitis is the most common reason for abdominal surgery.
Without prompt treatment, it’s more likely an inflamed appendix will burst, contaminating your abdominal cavity with fecal matter.
Seek help immediately.
It’s better to be evaluated and told it’s nothing than to have an appendix burst.
Today, surgical treatment is mainly done laparoscopically, so hospitalization and postoperative care is shorter compared to the open appendectomies of the past.
Appendicitis is seldom seen in older people.
Since the symptoms are usually milder in this age group, however, there’s a greater danger for rupture.
In addition, the symptoms can be difficult to diagnose because they’re similar to those of bladder infections, kidney stones, and inflammations of the colon, stomach, and small bowel (and, in women, pelvic infections or ovarian cysts).
Older adults in particular should be very aware of the symptoms of appendicitis.
The nutrients and herbs recommended below are intended to support recovery after surgery.
To deal with appendicitis after an appendectomy it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins (whether thirsty or not).
*Alfalfa, agrimony, buckthorn, and slippery elm teas are soothing.
*Aloe juice, cold-pressed from the whole leaf, can help reduce intestinal problems and is good for general colon health.
*Echinacea relieves discomfort and enhances your immune system (don’t take it for more than 3 months or if you’re allergic to ragweed).
*If you suspect appendicitis, don’t take a laxative and don’t use a heating pad, as these can provoke rupture. Also, avoid pain relievers, as they can lead to a misdiagnosis. Avoid eating and drinking. See your doctor immediately.
*To lessen the risk of appendicitis, you should eat a diet high in soluble fiber, avoid refined and fried foods, and limit your intake of cooked animal proteins to one serving a day.
*Drink Performance and take alfalfa every 1-2 hours to maintain nutrient/electrolyte levels.
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