Symptoms Of Appendicitis
The first symptom of appendicitis is often abdominal pain that is more severe when you let go then when you push on it. This pain will continue to become more severe and you may also experience loss of appetite, nausea, constipation and possibly a low grade fever. You may feel as if you would find relief from having a bowel movement.
Early Appendicitis Symptoms
Early appendicitis symptoms to watch for are any type of abdominal pains that you have not felt before. Many people find it difficult to explain how they feel as it is a new experience. The pain may seem to move around a bit at first but will become localized, usually around the belly button and then moving to the lower right side.
There has always been speculation as to why more people in the United States have developed appendicitis yet many other countries like Asia and Africa have fewer occurrences. Many people have come to believe that the answer is a high fiber diet. It is well known that in the United States, we do not eat enough fiber. Most people eat less than the recommended daily value, and that value is probably even less than what you really should be getting. This came to light in the 40’s when due to the war, people ate less meat and more high fiber foods like fruits and vegetables. Symptoms of appendicitis dropped considerably during this time. Early appendicitis symptoms were almost non existent.
So, why fiber? Well, appendicitis usually occurs when a piece of stool blocks the opening of the appendix. This allows bacteria to grow quickly inside causing the infection. By getting more fiber in your diet, stools will be larger and softer. They will not break apart as easily and it will move more quickly through the digestive tract.
One easy way to add more fiber to your diet is to begin your day with a high fiber cereal. Many cereals offer a large amount of fiber per serving. Of course, adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet will improve your digestion along with many other health conditions. Whole grain foods such as barley, oatmeal and whole wheat bread are additional sources of fiber. A great way to add fiber to your diet is by eating legumes like kidney beans, black beans or split peas. These are all excellent sources of fiber.
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