Our digestive system is one of the most important systems in our whole body. If our body cannot efficiently digest and absorb nutrients and remove waste products, then it’s almost impossible to achieve optimal health. Two-thirds of our immune system are located in and around the digestive system. We have more neurotransmitters in our gut than we do in our brain.
A healthy gut is critically important in order to prevent infectious, inflammatory, and allergic disease. We must also evaluate our physical, mental, emotional, genetic, and environmental factors when balancing our gut.
Common Conditions of Imbalanced Gut Function:
- Constipation, Diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Celiac Disease, Gluten-Intolerance
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Chron’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis
- Food Allergies
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Acid Reflux/Heartburn/GERD
- Pancreatic Enzyme Insufficiency
- Gall Bladder Disorders
- Indigestion, Gas, Bloating
- Hepatitis, Liver Congestion of Fatty Liver
- Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis
When something goes wrong during the process of digestion, it often affects not just your gut, but also your immune, hormonal and nervous systems. This may be the source of many underlying health issues.
Imbalanced Gut Function Can Relate To:
- Auto-immune Diseases
- Migraines & Headaches
- Weight Gain or Loss
- Joint Pain, Arthritis
- Mental-Emotional Fogginess
An individualized approach is important for the health of our digestive system, as well as the health of our body as a whole. Naturopathic physicians see digestion as a key piece to any treatment plan. Common approaches to digestive wellness might include dietary modification, food sensitivity identification and desensitization, nutritional supplementation, and utilizing detoxification to strengthen immune support.