I am so glad you asked! Please do not take a colon cleanse if there is a concern that you may have diverticulitis. As unwelcome as a colonoscopy may be, it provides you (and your doctor) with valuable information. With a diagnosis, you may want to see a Naturopathic physician to have another pair of eyes on your best interests, if a cleanse may help alter the underlying problem of gastrointestinal inflammation.
Meanwhile, safe ways to improve your health up to and after a colonoscopy include avoiding foods with seeds (berries, tomatoes, seeded breads, flax seeds), irritants (strong hot spices, alcohol, vinegar), and foods that you may already know give you indigestion.
Instead, you might increase your water intake, drink good-tasting, calming herb teas (chamomile, lemon balm, nettle leaf), and consider adding healing foods such as turmeric or Boswellia, 500mg of each a day. I know turmeric sounds like a strong hot spice but it is an anti-inflammatory, like Boswellia, and may improve your colon's tissue state. Make sure to let your doctor know if you decide to try those.
Good luck, and feel encouraged. Whatever the results of your tests, there are natural treatments available. Until you know with more certainty what healing your body needs, stay off the bulk laxatives (psyllium husks, flax seeds) and herbal cleansing kits.
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