Many of us try to eat nutritious foods, but find we have long-standing symptoms associated with poor digestion; pain, bloating, gas, reflux, diarrhea and/or constipation. There are many drugs on the market to help improve symptoms, yet they seldom get to the cause of the problem, which is that somewhere along the system, things are not functioning the way they should be.
Even the best diets won’t create health if the digestive tract is inflamed by food allergies or sensitivities, the wrong pH, low levels of beneficial bacteria, or high levels of ‘bad’ bacteria or fungus. Similarly, chronically poor digestion can cause downstream effects on the liver, pancreas, colon and kidneys, affecting our hormones, our immune system and even our brain function and energy levels.
Fixing the problem requires:
- first identifying causes with a detailed history of where and when the problem might have started
- second reviewing labs or diagnostic tests that may have been done by your medical doctor or specialist, and
- third testing for food sensitivities, bacterial or fungal infection, or inflammation or silent gluten intolerance; and
- fourth discussing nutrient therapies or dietary changes tailored to your unique biochemistry to start the healing process.
Re-introducing a good variety beneficial microbes are equally critical for long term gut health; for more information on this, please see my article Microbes and Digestion from Life As A Human blog site.
For more information on food sensitivity testing, read here.
For information on celiac testing, read here.
For information on stool testing, their interpretive guide is here.