Gut health

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As digestive disorders become increasingly common, we are starting to realise that gut health, the overall balance and diversity of the gut microbiome, is critical for disease prevention.

Poor farming methods, use of pesticides, environmental toxins, processed food and stress all affect the efficiency of your gastrointestinal tract. Many trigger foods and toxins are hidden in so much of our common food. After prolonged exposure, damage occurs to the mucosa and gut lining causing a range of undesirable symptoms, such as:

  • Constipation, diarrhoea or both
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Burping
  • Pain
  • Fatigue or brain fog

When your bowel functions poorly, multiple disease states can result and you may experience many seemingly unrelated symptoms such as skin conditions and dyspepsia. Medications such as cortisone creams and proton pump inhibitors do not address the root cause and can lead to further problems later.

If you do not address the root cause of digestive disorders, the gut may become “leaky”. Particles can pass through the now compromised gap junctions in the gut lining, causing your body to make antibodies against foreign invaders in the blood stream that should have been contained in the gut. For many people, this can be the start of an auto-immune disorder.

We can help you to identify the source of the problem, remove triggers and begin a protocol to repair your gut lining, reduce inflammation and promote a healthy microbiome.

There are a number of things you can do keep your gut in good order, including:

  • Eliminating trigger foods – most common offenders being gluten, dairy and soy
  • Ensure plentiful amounts of vegetables and some fruit
  • Avoid hydrogenated oils
  • Consume probiotic foods such as fermented vegetables
  • Avoid environmental toxins – including glyphosate grown produce
  • Minimise sugar and alcohol

We regularly treat most common gastrointestinal tract disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heartburn/dyspepsia, constipation and diarrhoea, coeliac disease, diverticular disease, excessive flatulence and inflammatory bowel disease.

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