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Vitamin D & Diverticulitis

By Kristi Wray

Diverticulitis is a condition that affects the intestine. Under normal circumstances, popcorn and seeds can be consumed without experiencing any problems at all. However, with diverticulitis, pockets form in the intestine from trapped food or stool, causing inflammation and pain. The disease is more common in Western societies and research suggests that a low-fiber diet and consumption of processed foods may be the cause. This disease causes malabsorption of many nutrients and vitamins, vitamin D being one of them.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is gaining recognition for its importance and health benefits. It's found naturally in few foods but is synthesized by the sun and is fortified in many other foods. It helps with the absorption of calcium in the gut and also helps to maintain a certain blood level of calcium and phosphate in the body for bone health. Vitamin D is an essential part of a healthy diet for all ages.

Vitamin D Deficiency

The inflammation and bacteria growth that is caused by diverticulitis makes it difficult for the intestine to absorb the essential minerals. It becomes a domino effect, leading to other complications that can last a lifetime. Small intestinal conditions, such as diverticulitis, affect nutrient uptake and can cause painful, brittle and mishapped bones due to improper mineralization.

Supplemental

If you suspect a vitamin D deficiency, consult with your physician. A medical doctor can order the proper blood work to detect low levels of vitamin D. The proper dosage must be calculated for supplementation. Too much vitamin D leads to an excess of calcium in the body. An increase of calcium can damage bones and kidney function.

Tips and Advice

With a proper diet and bowel health, diverticulitis can be manageable. If you have been diagnosed with diverticulitis and you suspect a vitamin D deficiency, consult with your doctor to correct it. Vitamin D needs to be corrected with the proper dosage and self-correcting can lead to many other complications.

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