i hate to state the obvious but, here goes. I really don't believe any ailment is hereditary. I believe it is the lifestyle we lead, the things we eat, and the environment we live in, as well the the food, and water we take into our bodies. These traits, or habits are instilled in us at an early age, from our parents, but all are reversible. Do you love cakes, and candies? Do you pig out on chips? Do you refrain from drinking plain water? and instead, drink pop, or other beverages? Now, think back a ways, did your parents? or others around as a child? It has a deep seated impact on a young mind. We look to our elders for guidance, and acceptance. So therefore if elders are drinking pop, then it must be ok. Not judging anyone, I have my own demons as well.
The first step is always the hardest:
1. Drink pure filtered water. I say filtered because there are numerous contaminants in tap water, including parasites, which literally eat holes in the intestines, leading to diverticulitis, to cancer. Cause, and effect relationship.
2. If your diet is void in fresh fruit, and vegetables, you are deficient in good bacteria in the intestines. Which fights off the bad bacteria, and keep them in check. Candidiasis is an example of bad bacteria. Symptoms? excessive gas, constipation, diarreha, heartburn, acid indigestion, IBS, Chrohn's disease. As this continues, colon cancer may be the end result. The answer? Probiotics. Cause and effect.
3. As we age, we should get a check up, colonoscopy, especially if it runs in the family. That way you know what you are fighting. I was diagnosed with diverticulitis, after years of stomach, and colon problems. Recommendations; avoid seeds, such as strawberries, sesame seeds, popcorn, ect. Those small seeds get stuck in the holes, and cause excruciating pain.The most helpful in this condition? L-glutamine foods, and supplement.
Stomach aches, diarrhea, constipation are all early warning signs that something has to change.