Good health starts in your amazing gastrointestinal tract also referred to as the gut or GIT. It is where you absorb nutrients from food to power your body, making a healthy digestive system central to your overall health. A sign of a healthy gut is not only good digestion, but also passing regular, formed bowel motions (stools) and being free from uncomfortable symptoms.
GIT disorders are common and can be debilitating conditions experienced by a large number of clients. As a natural medicine practitioner, I have long recognised the crucial role that the gut plays in health. Clinical observations and scientific confirmation have revealed links with almost every health condition – from depression to skin conditions, diabetes, autism and autoimmune disease. Yes, bloating, intestinal pain, flatulence, constipation and diarrhoea are all signs of a very important system not working optimally, but there is so much more involved.
A digestive system that is working harmoniously, with no symptoms is such an important part of naturopathic treatment. Addressing this as a trigger or driver can also help with the treatment and improvement of conditions.
Compromised digestive function, leaky gut and dysbiosis makes even the most well-tolerated foods potentially allergenic, via the transport of large food particles into the bloodstream. Patients with poor digestive capabilities are likely to have multiple food allergies in this vulnerable state. The good news is that some simple digestive restoration strategies can increase dietary tolerance before disrupting the menu plan.
It can even impact what is considered your ‘gut-brain connection’ – the part of your nervous system that links your brain to the GIT. In these situations, people may find they experience anxiety and low mood when their gut is out of balance.
There are four key elements that promote healthy digestive function:
Certain nutrients and herbs can help to heal gut irritation, leading to relief from uncomfortable digestive symptoms and improving your gut function. These include:
Make sure you prioritise this vital part of you. Are you listening to the messages your gut is giving you or your ‘gut instinct’? Your body may be trying to communicate with you that something is not quite right. It does this by showing you a sign or symptom such as pain, diarrhoea, bloating, saying “something is not right, help me.” This can start of as a subtle indicator until you keep ignoring it and instead of whispering to you it is now screaming at you to give it a helping hand. You may have lived with this for many years and consider these feeling to be your normal. It is not normal. You may have tried a couple of dietary changes such as FODMAPS or gluten free, but that really hasn’t helped or you may not know what you can do to address this once and for all. You may be a little like a recent patient of mine – Mary.
Case study: Mary had been suffering from digestive pain, bloating, discomfort, heartburn, and frequent loose, watery movements for 5 years. Sometimes to the point that she didn’t even make it to the bathroom in time. She felt so anxious that it even made her feel like she couldn’t leave the house. She had been to the doctor and tried many different medicines. Then one day her husband said “You can’t go on like this, it is not working. I am finding you a Naturopath.”
I recommended she start a gut healing and soothing plan. This included a specific probiotic for healthy microbiota and a gut healing herbal and nutritional formula to soothe, repair and nourish healthy digestive function. Mary was eating a lot of raw vegetables, which for some can be too heavy for the digestive system, especially when we get older. So, I suggested you have more steamed mixed vegetables. Also, in my nearly 20 years working with a Naturopath for a lot of tummy cases I find they respond very well to avoiding bananas. This was the second food adjustment for Mary.
Day 1 started Monday afternoon started treatment.
Day 3 Wednesday. I spoke with Mary and her husband as I had received a message “Just an update…it has been nothing short of incredible…bowels have completely turned around in this short space of time.” Fantastic!! It even worked a bit quicker than I expected. When I spoke with Mary at 5pm she had only needed to go to the bathroom twice and there was some form to herself and not all watery. She cannot remember the last time this occurred.
Day 5 Friday. Mary had forgotten to take her remedies last night and this morning and not a good result at all. They concluded that the medicine makes a massive difference, and asked if I could help there friend with arthritis.
If you keep doing what you have always done you will get the same result. So even when it comes to our health trying something different and making changes is a great way to see a change. Mary could have continued like this for many more years. But what she did to feel this change was to pick up the phone and make a call. You can be the next amazing case I share with clients. Call 9687 5333 today. You deserve to feel your very best.
In good health
Rebecca has nearly 20 years naturopathic experience and you will go beyond nutrition to discover the many ways to best nourish your body to live your healthiest life possible. With personalised treatment specific for your wellbeing and the right combinations of nutritional and lifestyle improvements you will feel completely supported to reclaim your health.
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