The digestive system made up of the gastrointestinal tract (GI), liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. The digestive system helps your body absorb essential nutrients and is responsible for getting rid of waste.
Digestion problems can mean more than unwanted symptoms. Minor problems that are left untreated can lead to more serious, chronic illnesses.
Gut Related Conditions
- Bloating or distention
- Burping or flatulence
- Indigestion / reflux / GERD
- Discomfort or pain after certain foods
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Irregular bowels or constipation / diarrhoea / alternating
- Coeliac disease
- Candida – fungal or yeast overgrowth
- Leaky gut syndrome / intestinal permeability
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
Digestive imbalance can also be the root cause of seemingly unrelated symptoms. It’s easy to recognise the primary symptoms of the gut: heart burn, bloating, IBS, constipation, diarrhoea, and many other issues like colitis etc.
BUT many people may not realise just how many other common health issues BEGIN in Your Gut.
Toxins, metabolic by-products, and inflammatory molecules produced by unfriendly bacteria in your gut can all adversely impact the following:
- Autoimmune conditions
- Exhaustion & adrenal fatigue
- Mood swings & depression
- Skin rashes, poor skin, psoriasis or acne
- Weight gain or weight loss resistance
- Migraines & headaches
- Joint pain
- Thyroid issues
How I can help you as nutritional therapist
By taking your health history and discussing your symptoms in detail I’ll be able to recommend the test or tests most likely to help identify the causes of your digestive symptoms. I’ll then refer you for the test if you wish to go ahead and interpret the results with you so you understand what’s going on.
These are the most common tests I request
COMPREHENSIVE STOOL ANALYSIS looks at the overall health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. A stool test will also tell us how you’re digesting vegetables, meats and fats, if dysbiosis is present and if you need to supplement with specific probiotics.
INTESTINAL PERMEABILITY ASSESSMENT (leaky gut) is a powerful test assessment of small intestinal absorption and barrier function in the bowel. The small intestine uniquely functions as a digestive/absorptive organ for nutrients as well as a powerful immune and mechanical barrier against excessive absorption of bacteria, food antigens, and other macromolecules. Both malabsorption and increased intestinal permeability are associated with chronic gastrointestinal imbalances as well as many systemic disorders.
FOOD INTOLERANCE or sensitivities can also contribute to digestive symptoms and chronic health conditions. By removing problem foods your symptoms can disappear and your gut can heal. If food intolerances aren’t addressed it is common to pick up more and more intolerances and intestinal damage over time.
Food intolerance can be tested for using a special elimination diet and re-introduction phase but it’s easy when you know how.