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Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Self Care Tidbits | 0 comments

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The appendix is a small, worm like attachment at the beginning of the colon. It was believed that the appendix had no purpose, therefore was often surgically removed as a preventative measure.

It is now believed to help in the immune system of the intestinal tract, as a vermifuge for parasites.

Because of this quality, it is likely to become infected just as the tonsils are in the throat. The appendix can become irritated from a blockage that will cause a build up of bacteria which can lead to infection. Constipation and hardened stool can cause this type of blockage.

Prevention is worth a pound of cure. Eating green leafy vegetables, which are discussed below, is the best way to prevent appendicitis.

If you find you have symptoms of appendicitis already, there are some plants that have been known to help reduce the effects. These herbs include: detoxifying and fever-reducing herbs (Flos lonicerae, Fructus forsythia, Herba taraxaci, Patrinia scabioseafolia, Gypsum fibrosum), circulation-enhancing herbs (semen persicase, Radix paeoniae rubra, Squama manitis, Spina gleditsiae), and laxatives (phizoma rhei, Mirabilitum depuratum). People who use the appropriate foods, enemas and senna, have found relief from their symptoms and cleared up their appendicitis quickly, typically in 24-48 hours.

Prevention Methods

Acupuncture
Some Chinese believe appendicitis is caused by blockages in the circulation of blood and flow of vitality. Acupuncture, they believe, will help relieve pain, improve blood flow and control peristalsis, which is the wave-like movement of muscles in the intestines.

Nutrition
Preventing constipation by eating a healthy diet that emphasizes raw, fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains and at least eight glasses of liquid a day will provide the fiber needed to minimize the risk of the appendix becoming infected. These foods also provide enzymes, which help boost the immune system.

Another way to prevent constipation is by taking two tablespoons of flax seeds a day. This will keep stools soft and prevent constipation. Take garlic regularly to boost the immune system. You should also eat lactic acid fermented foods like natural, unsweetened yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut regularly to keep the bacterial culture in the colon healthy.

To lessen the chance of developing appendicitis, eat a diet high in fiber while avoiding refined foods. If appendicitis is suspected, do not use commercial laxatives, avoid using a heating pad, do not eat or drink, and do not take pain relievers because they may mask symptoms and complicate the condition.

Appendicitis usually occurs because a firm piece of stool blocks the pea size opening of the appendix allowing bacteria and other parasite to flourish inside.

Fiber is beneficial in fighting appendicitis because it absorbs water. A high fiber diet causes the stool to become larger, softer and less likely to break apart, thus preventing stray particles from blocking the appendix. Getting more fiber in your diet also forces the stool to move faster through the digestive tract.

Starting your day with organic fruit is a great way to obtain more fiber in your diet. Wholegrain foods are loaded with natural fiber and consuming them is another way to boost your fiber. Watch out for foods like white bread, white rice and white flour because they are processed and bleached so they have no nutritional value at all.

For example, a slice of organic whole wheat bread has two grams of fiber. This is four times the amount that a whole loaf of white bread has. A half cup of cooked barley has three grams of fiber, and a half cup of cooked oatmeal has three grams as well. Legumes are even better sources of fiber. A half cup of cooked split peas has eight grams of fiber. Kidney beans have about six grams of fiber, while a half cup of boiled black beans has almost eight grams.
The majority of the fiber in fruits does not come from the juicy flesh, bust instead from the peel. So, the next time you are eating fruits and vegetables, eat them with the skin intact. Since you don’t eat the skin on citrus fruits, they are the exception to this rule.

To get the most fiber from these fruits, peel the skin and eat them whole. Thankfully, most of the fiber in oranges, grapefruit and other citrus fruits is found in the fruit itself.

Appendicitis Detoxification Diet
The purpose of the detoxification diet is to create better elimination through the release of waste. It also allows people to see what they feel like when they eat better. Finally it begins the process of healing the organs.

Breakfast

  • Glass of juice
  • Raw or cooked fruit
  • Soy milk
  • Soy, rye or multigrain toast

Lunch

  • Salad
  • Soup
  • Potato
  • Sautéed or steamed vegetables

Dinner

  • Salad
  • Soup
  • Brown rice or millet, tofu, beans, sautéed or steamed veggies

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