Digestive Problems

Bloated, Uncomfortable, Diarrhoea, Constipation?

Naturopathic philosophy focuses on treating the whole person but as Hippocrates said more than 2000 years ago, “All disease begins in the gut’ or more positively put “Good health starts in the gut”. Through my clinical experience I have found that the majority of conditions are all helped by supporting the gut which is why have chosen to specialise in digestive health.

Underlying causes of digestive symptoms can be caused by a number of problems.

  • Food intolerances- eating food that does not agree with you can cause inflammation. Inflammation causes damage to the epithelial cells in the intestines, resulting in incomplete digestion and commonly causes symptoms such as bloating, constipation, diarrhoea etc. On identifying food sensitivities through a thorough case take, a diet diary and hair analysis tests, I can give you advice on what foods to eat and avoid, and for how long to avoid the problematic foods. I don't believe in removing total food groups from your diet for an extended amount of time unless you have a full blown allergic reaction to them.  

  • Stress puts our body in a fight or flight response diverting blood away from the digestive organs to the skeletal muscles, heart and brain. Back in the day when stress meant running from danger, blood and oxygen to our heart, skeletal muscles and brain was helpful. Although times have changed, our bodies haven't. Less blood and oxygen to digestive organs results in impaired digestion. Stress can also affect the balance of our microbiome (the bacteria that inhibits our gut).  Diet, lifestyle, herbs and nutritional supplements can help support our body through stressful periods as well as healing the gut, increasing our absorption of nutrients which in turn leads to better health and well being. 

  • Microbial imbalance:microbial overgrowth or imbalance results in pain, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhoea. It can be caused by a bug you picked up that has still not been eradicated, antibiotic use, stress, poor food choices, the list goes on. Herbal anti microbials provide a safe and effective treatment for killing opportunistic pathogens and research based strain probiotics can help repopulate your bowel flora.

  • Inflammatory Bowel Conditions such as  Crohns Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiacs disease. Dietary interventions and professional supplemental and herbal advice using high quality products can help manage these conditions resulting in fewer symptoms and flare ups.

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