It’s the first place the nutrients that fuel the entire body come in, and it’s the last place they go out.
Naturopathic treatments aim to optimize gastric juice secretion in the stomach, support proper enzyme secretion from digestive organs, ensure proper nutrient absorption in the small intestine, and promote a healthy balance of flora in the colon. Furthermore, our Naturopaths always assesses the role of the enteric nervous system in the regularity of bowel function and stool formation.
Therapies are used to successfully manage a number of the following conditions.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of conditions that inflame the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, making it difficult for the body to break down food, absorb nutrients, and form waste.
Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis are the most common of the two, and both involve symptoms of severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and abdominal pain. Colitis attacks the farthest end of the colon, creating ulcers and sores in the rectal and colonic lining, whereas Crohn’s can attack the entire digestive tract, including the mouth.
Intolerances to the foods we eat are common, and symptoms are often vast. Digestive discomfort, low energy, brain fog, gas & bloating, headaches, asthma, & skin conditions may be signs that you are experiencing an inflammatory reaction to the foods you’re eating.
However, determining the cause to the reaction can be difficult, as reactions may often be delayed, and may vary in severity. While I refer the approach of an elimination diet, trial and error becomes frustrating, and results are often inconsistent when not done properly. Food Intolerance Testing provides an individualized report of foods creating inflammation in the body, and is a great place to start when assessing which foods are best for your body.
‘Adrenal Fatigue’ is a term that gets thrown around a lot in alternative medicine. Sure, we all experience some level of stress, and some periods of exhaustion, but at what point does stress become chronic, and how is that really impacting our overall health?
A cortisol imbalance, or medically termed ‘mild adrenocortical deficiency’ is a syndrome caused by the decreased function of the adrenal glands. The adrenal gland are pyramid shaped organs that sit above our kidneys, and are responsible for the production of cortisol, adrenaline, and a number of our sex steroid hormones, like progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. These glands produce cortisol in response to light, ultimately keeping us awake throughout the day, as well as in response to physical, emotional, and environmental stress. And while cortisol is helpful under states of occasional stress, our lifestyles have evolved to a place where occasional stressors are few and far between.
Heartburn, also know as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a sensation of burning and/or pressure in the chest caused by stomach acid that regurgitates up into the esophagus. It may or may not also be associated with bloating, belching, a sour taste in the mouth, a dry cough, and pain surrounding food intake.
It’s a concern patients report almost daily in clinical practice, and a symptom we’re all familiar with. Whether it shows up after an overindulgent meal, with our monthly menstrual cycles, or has become a daily struggle, the discomfort is real and the cause difficult to pinpoint.
Most of us can relate to the symptom, but it’s important to recognize that bloating is just that… a symptom. And while I’ll give you some great tips to manage the bloating, the trick to banish it for good is to determine where it’s really coming from.
Over the last three decades, there has been growing recognition for the role of gut bacterial in the health of the gastrointestinal tract. It has been found that anywhere between 17 – 85% of cases of irritable bowel disease may in fact be attributed to an underlying overgrowth of bacteria into the small intestines, called SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). It is important to note that this is NOT an infection, but an overpopulation of bacteria in a location not meant for such high concentrations.
Irregularity in bowel function can be a results of intolerances to foods, a lack of fibre, a buildup of bad bacteria, or sluggishness in our ‘migrating motor complex” (MMC). This MMC comes from our digestive system’s very own nervous system, the enteric nervous system. A vast degree of factors can slow our MMC down, leading to infrequent bowel movements, and the symptoms that follow. Retraining of the MMC is possible via natural therapies.
Dysbiosis is a term used to identify a poor balance in the commensal bacteria in our gut.
A buildup of “bad” bacteria can reek havok on the body, leading to disruptions in hormones that cause alterations in mood, irregularities in immune function that cause allergies and autoimmunity, and reabsorption of excreted hormones causing acne, premenstrual issues, and weight gain.
– Food Allergy Testing + Candida Antibody
– Comprehensive Stool Analysis
– SIBO Breath Testing
– H. Pylori Breath Testing
– Celiac Testing
– Heavy Metal +/or Essential Nutrient Testing
– Nutrient Deficiencies, including iron, b12, folic acid, vitamin D status