Something not right with your digestion?
Do you get heart burn, reflux or indigestion? Always bloated despite what you eat? Is this accompanied by abdominal pain? Is your skin pale and lack lustre or your suffer from acne? Do you have suspected you may have food intolerances but not sure what they are? Do you suffer from constipation or diarrhoea or maybe you swing between the two? Do you pick up every cold or flu that goes around? Do you suffer from debilitating fatigue? These are all signs something may be doing on with your digestion.
Why is digestion so important?
Your digestion encompasses your oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. The bacteria that reside in your digestive tract are also considered part of digestion and influence your ability to digest food, your immune system and even your mood.
Every cell in your body requires nutrients and fluids to function. Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, along with vitamins, minerals and water that we consume all play a role in this functioning.
Your digestion is the primary site for the breakdown and absorption of food to yield nutrients, which are required for energy production, growth and repair. As food moves through the digestive tract, the various organs and bacteria break it down into smaller parts. Protein is broken down to yield amino acids, fats are broken down into fatty acids, and carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars known as glucose. These nutrients are then absorbed through the wall of the small intestine into the blood stream where they are transported to the various parts of the body for use.
The digestive tract is also where we product neurotransmitters such as serotonin, where a large part of the immune system is housed, where external and internal metabolites and toxins are detoxified and where our digestive microbiome lives. So its safe to say digestion is crucial to the body’s overall wellbeing.
What are some of the causes of poor digestion?
The following factors all contribute to poor digestion.
Low or high stomach acid production
Poor vagus nerve conduction
Bacterial imbalances causing dysbiosis or SIBO
viral or bacterial infection
Medications such as antibiotic use
Surgery such as a bowel resection
Diseases such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis.
How naturopathy can help?
Improving digestive function is one of the most important steps you can make to improve your overall health. Many health conditions can be linked back to poor digestion such as poor immunity, skin conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea, hormone imbalances, fatigue, depression and anxiety. As the ancient greek physician Hippocrates put is “all disease begins in the gut”.
A thorough case taking is important to understand exactly what symptoms your experiencing and to narrow down the root cause of your health concerns and what further testing you may require. Melissa’s moto when it comes to digestion is “test don’t guess”. She uses a range of functional pathology tests such as:
Microbial stool DNA testing that maps your unique microbiome
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) breath testing
Food intolerance testing
The use of functional testing takes out the guess work and can shorten the length of time required to treat. It also acts as a great way to track treatment progress. Although we strongly recommend testing, we also understand that this isn’t always affordable to everyone and thats ok. It doesn’t mean we can’t still support your digestive health.
From here a care plan is formulates which will include the use of nutrition & lifestyle modifications, herbal medicine and nutritional supplements. These care plans are tailored to the individual to suit their specific health needs and budget.
To understand the exact cause of why your experiencing digestive symptoms book your appointment by calling 0400 770 322 or